Discover the full functionality of the latest MFD smart control panels and boost your productivity with Apogee

Industries of all types are benefitting from the continuous developments in the capabilities of tablets and smartphones, and ours is no different. By 2018, smartphones and tablets will account for 88 per cent of the global connected device market. With consumers so adapt to using these devices in their personal lives, more and more businesses are introducing them to everyday business practices, like printing, scanning and copying with the help of Apogee.

Smart control panel

Industries of all types are benefitting from the continuous developments in the capabilities of tablets and smartphones, and ours is no different. By 2018, smartphones and tablets will account for 88 per cent of the global connected device market. With consumers so adapt to using these devices in their personal lives, more and more businesses are introducing them to everyday business practices, like printing, scanning and copying with the help of Apogee.

For example the Smart Operational Panel (SOP) from Ricoh is a new tablet-style control panel that is integrated with an MFD to provide a clear, user-friendly interface to manage all of your MFD operations. The SOP is a significant advance in the way people can manage, simplify and improve document processes in their office.

Benefits of a smart control panel:

Simple & accessiblethe majority of employees will only need to perform simple tasks like print, copy and scan but the latest control panels have an intuitive interface that will load each users’ most commonly used function by their login. It can also simplify the choices available therefore reducing the need extensive user training.

Mobility the number of organisations implementing mobile print has increased from 4% in 2012 to 15% in 2015, with a continued rise expected. Overall, 83% of organisations are now showing an interest in mobile printing. The latest control panels work seamlessly and securely with smart devices, cloud services, and support mobile printing, scanning, copying and fax.

Sustainability – some control panels can help your organisation be more sustainable as they track and display real-time paper and toner usage. This intuitive feedback allows your business to easily check device use and optimise the environmental impact.

Agility – with most control panels using a tablet-based operating system, like the Ricoh SOP being Android, the navigation should mirror that of tablet use providing an easy and agile user experience. For example, with an increasingly multi-cultural workforce across Europe, it should have the ability to switch languages at the press of a button.

Productivity – beyond any additional features a smart control panel should ultimately ease the user experience and increase productivity. The tablet-style operating system allows the control panels to be highly customisable, providing an option to personalise the look and layout. This ensures the most commonly used icons/functions/applications all appear on the users’ home screen when they login, minimising the time staff spend at the MFD and simplifying operation.

If you would like to find out more about the smart control panels we have available please contact us today and start increasing your productivity.

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