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Mobile printing sees surging demand

Posted: 17 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile printing  smartphone  hardcopy peripheral 

A survey by International Data Corp. (IDC) finds that the rise of smartphones and tablet PCs will have a significant impact on print volume as more business users access information through their mobile devices and begin to demand certain print capabilities over the next five years.

According to the survey, 39 per cent of respondents say they travel for work, which represents a large and evolving workforce that has new requirements for print.

Those who travel clearly need to print and the IDC study found that moderate travel is most associated with increasing print volume. The research also found that smartphone users are eager to print from their devices. 52 per cent of respondents who use smartphones for work said they cannot currently print from their device, but want to.

"We are on the verge of a mobile print expansion, and business users will demand and eventually expect print capabilities from their mobile devices," says Jonathan Bees, research director of U.S. Hardcopy Device Usage Trends. He adds that, "This shift away from dependence on desktop PCs and laptops for printing will provide users with the access and mobility they're looking for. Furthermore, mobility is driving print volume."

Workers who travel moderately are the most likely to report increases in print volume. Conversely, workers who travel heavily are the least likely to report increases in print volume. More and more companies are committing to build out a mobile printing infrastructure to enable the increasingly mobile workforce.

- Julien Happich
  EE Times

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