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A model and apparatus utilising predictive logic to modify the printing process in confidential printing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236087D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

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Abstract

This article proposes a system that predicts a likely time a particular user takes to collect their printed document. The model will also accept other inputs and use additional intelligence to make decisions when to start printer warm up for a specific user.

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A model and apparatus utilising predictive logic to modify the printing process in confidential printing

Printers, when idle, cool down and go to stand-by to reduce power. Usually, documents are printed, then collected when convenient. Many printers allow for confidential printing, which delays the printing. The user has to go to the printer, type in their PIN, and then wait for the document to print. If the printer was in stand-by mode at this time, it can take a few minutes for it to warm up before it starts printing, wasting people's time.

    A simple solution is to have the printer either not go into stand-by mode, or have it periodically warm up, just in case someone is about to collect their

document. The disadvantage here is that it is wasteful of energy, and not in the spirit of "smarter office" etc. This disclosure proposes a system that predicts a likely time a particular user takes to collect their printed document. The model will also accept other inputs and use additional intelligence to make decisions when to start printer warm up for a specific user. The model will ultimately save users time by being ready and warmed up just prior to their arrival for collection and offer a more intelligent printing service.

Proposed process steps:

    - When the document is sent to the printer, it is tagged with the user's email address (or some username).

    - When this is received, a timer starts, and this elapsed time is stored in a simple table of username | time .

    - When the user gets to printing the document, they enter their PIN for authentication. At this point, the timer is stopped for this user, and the total elapsed time stored in the table

- DB storage on the printer will take place.

- A warm up period X is known to the printer from stand-by.

    - When a document is printed by that user in future, the same action happens, but at X seconds before the elapsed time current stored in the DB is reached, the machine starts to warm up.

    - When the user enters their PIN this time, the elapsed time is averaged with the currently-stored value, and the DB updated (IF DB table entry not empty).

This is quite simplistic and error prone - so to improve the accuracy and intelligence of the model other parts will exist
Other factors taken into account when the document is sent to the printer
(1) location
Where is the location of printing job submission (office location, home, othe...