The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the largest and oldest veterinary school in the English-speaking world. It is located on two campuses, one in Camden, north London, and a second near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, which is the site of its Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Europe’s largest small animal referral hospital treating more than 7,000 patients a year.
With over 2,000 students and 1,000+ staff, the RVC print environment delivers some 300,000 prints per month, with a usage profile of 75% staff and 25% students.
The RVC’s Managed Print Services (MPS) agreement with Apogee was due to be coming to an end and they were looking to update their existing fleet to become more accommodating for both staff and students at the college.
The existing fleet was ageing and in some areas, devices had been used very heavily. A major aspect within the fleet which RVC were keen to change was tightening their security protocols as some of the weakest points on a network can be within a print device. This was a great opportunity to implement a new fleet that would incorporate newer technology whilst delivering better uptime for the users..
The RVC decided to renew the agreement following a year-long analysis of what Apogee could provide. RVC staff paid numerous visits to Apogee’s facilities to view the proposed equipment in action and so they had a further understanding of how it would work at their facilities.
When the college implemented its first MPS agreement with Apogee, it reduced its fleet from 450 devices to the existing 170. Now after renewing its fleet with 100% HP based printers across both campuses, all eight models offer colour printing and include multifunction printers (MFP) with HP PageWide print technology and HP LaserJet options.
With this latest roll-out, the fleet has now reduced by a further 20 machines, with corresponding cuts in power charges, carbon emissions and from utilising HP SDS monitoring this has also reduced call-out times. The RVC’s overall print costs have reduced by 35% since implementing a more cost-effective agreement.