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Printing documents on a Multifunction Printer from Web hosted service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202532D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

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Abstract

This idea proposes utilizing interface technology at the printer to implement a direct connection from an MFP (Multifunction Printer) to a hosted Title Collection in the cloud. The Title Collection is an internet hosted document repository management system and would contain a number of documents that can be accessed remotely via the internet. The document repository management system would also keep track of accounting information associated with document access and printing. The user on the MFP is authenticated by the application on the hosted Web server. Once authenticated, the user can browse for titles (documents) that they wish to have printed. As they select the titles that they want printed, they choose how many copies they wish to produce. The local printer acts on the selections made and can actually account for how many of the requested copies were actually produced. This accounting information about who requested the prints, how many where made, when and where they were printed, all could be recorded and sent back to the hosted application in the cloud. In other words, the accounting information can be fed back from the MFP that initiated and performed the printing. This feature provides, at a global level, the exact print history as known and verified by the devices that both access, and print the documents. The history/accounting is global in nature to all authenticated users of the Title Collection management system.

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Printing documents on a Multifunction Printer from Web hosted service

This idea proposes utilizing interface technology at the printer to implement a direct connection from an MFP (Multifunction Printer) to a hosted Title Collection in the cloud.  The Title Collection is an internet hosted document repository management system and would contain a number of documents that can be accessed remotely via the internet.  The document repository management system would also keep track of accounting information associated with document access and printing. The user on the MFP is authenticated by the application on the hosted Web server.  Once authenticated, the user can browse for titles (documents) that they wish to have printed. As they select the titles that they want printed, they choose how many copies they wish to produce. The local printer acts on the selections made and can actually account for how many of the requested copies were actually produced. This accounting information about who requested the prints, how many where made, when and where they were printed, all could be recorded and sent back to the hosted application in the cloud.  In other words, the accounting information can be fed back from the MFP that initiated and performed the printing. This feature provides, at a global level, the exact print history as known and verified by the devices that both access, and print the documents. The history/accounting is global in nature to all authenticated users of the Title Collection management system.

With the emergence of cloud computing and hosted applications for user authentication and file selection, printers such as MFP’s can offer up files (titles) from any location to be printed at the local device. Associated with the titles available to be printed are all sorts of Metadata. This Metadata may contain global accounting informa...