Printing with smartphone authentication

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Here users authenticate themselves directly at the printer, by reading in the QR code or the NFC tag with their smartphone. The print jobs initiated at the workplace can be picked up at the printer.

Sending a print job to the Personal Printing server

For preparation of network printers for Personal Printing see setting up target print­ers. Furthermore, the printers must be set up in the Personal Printing console and mapped into the desktops sessions (Adding Personal Printers).

  • Users printing from within an application select the appropriate Personal Printer.
    Users who work on Windows workstations receive ThinPrint Output Gateway as their printer driver user interface. Here, the print settings (duplex/simplex, color/black & white, paper size, paper tray, etc.) can be changed. If the target printer does not support a selected print setting, the print job will continue to be printed in a way possible with that specific hardware.
    Output Gateway can operate in 16 languages, and can be matched automatically to the worksta­tion’s display language. See changing the language of the print dialogue.

printing from an application (example for Windows)

  • Then, Windows users walk to any printer which is configured for Personal Print­ing.
    Mac and Linux users walk to the printer they selected before (see Setting up Personal Printers for Mac and Linux machines) or to a printer of the same model.
  • Then the users authenticate themselves with their device.
smartphone authentication at the printer (example for iOS)

smartphone authentication at the printer (example for iOS)

  • Arrived at the printer, the users open the Personal Printing app and scan either the QR code or the NFC tag with their camera (NFC only available for Android).

selecting Personal Printing (left iPhone, right Android)

Printing with iOS devices

  • The users open the Personal Printing app. A list of all existing print jobs is dis­played. The users can select one or multiple print jobs with a green checkmark (top arrow). Then they tap on the Scan button (bottom arrow) and scan the QR code with the phone’s camera (right screenshot).

iOS: scanning QR code for authentication

Personal Printing app on iPhone (example) – entering PIN, if necessary

  • A list of all existing print jobs is displayed. The user can select one or multiple print jobs (upper arrow) and then tap on Print (lower arrow).

Personal Printing app on iPhone (example) – List of existing print jobs

  • It is also possible to delete print jobs. To do so, the user swipes from the left over the field with the corresponding print job and then taps on Delete.

iOS: deleting print jobs

Printing with Android devices

Scanning QR code

The users open the Personal Printing app. A list of all existing print jobs is dis­played. The users can select one or multiple print jobs with a green checkmark (top arrow). Then they tap on the Scan button (bottom arrow) and scan the QR code with the phone’s camera (right screenshot).

Left: Android interface – scanning QR code or holding over NFC tag, Right: scanning QR code

Left: Android interface – scanning QR code or holding over NFC tag, Right: scanning QR code

Reading NFC tag

  • To readout an NFC tag, Android users open the app and hold their device next to an NFC tag. As soon as the device recognizes the NFC tag, a selection of available applications for further proceeding will be offered. Select Personal Printing.
    (Reading NFC tags requires Android firmware 2.3.3 or later.)

Android: reading out NFC tag and selecting Personal Printing

Android: entering PIN, if necessary

Then all selected jobs (which are stored on the Personal Printing server) will be printed on this printer. (To get an overview of the stored print jobs, you can use Job­Viewer alternatively).

  • It is also possible to delete print jobs. On this, the users mark the relevant jobs and then select Delete selected jobs in the app menu.

Android: deleting print jobs

 

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