TOKYO, May 1, 2012 — Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. built a new printing environment with convenience for the students and faculty using the Educational Campuswide Computing System (ECCS20120Note1), which began operations in March 2012, in the University of Tokyo's Information Technology Center.
ECCS2012, administrated by the Information Technology Center, is a computing and network system for educational and research purposes used by the students and faculty of the University of Tokyo. Computers and multifunction devices newly installed this time are distributed across libraries and classrooms at the Hongo, Komaba and Kashiwa campuses, including the Information Technology Center at the Hongo campus and the Information Education Building of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Komaba campus. These computers and multifunction devices are used by many students and faculty not only during classes, but also for self study, for preparing research papers / reference materials and gathering information. The Information Technology Center alone handles more than one million sheets of document printing each year, but the availability of the printing environment had been restricted to the opening hours of the facilities that had ECCS printers installed.
ECCS2012 now accommodates diverse study and work styles, allowing the students and faculty to print documents whenever necessary, either on or off campus with no time or place constraints, thereby enhancing the level of user convenience.
Through the ECCS2012 computers, users can print documents from any of the 28 multifunction devices newly installed throughout the campuses, enabling swift printout from the devices with fewer jobs in the queue. They can also install the printer driver for on-demand printing, developed by Fuji Xerox specifically for ECCS2012, on computers connected to the campus network, at university laboratories, and even their home computers, to arrange printout from multifunction devices connected to ECCS2012. This means they do not have to be on campus to use printers under the ECCS2012 environment.
For the first time as a university computing system, ECCS2012 is linked to Fuji Xerox's Net Print online printing service to enable printouts from multi-use copiers installed at Seven-Eleven convenience stores in Japan. Users can choose whether to print from an ECCS2012 multifunction device or a multi-use copier at a Seven-Eleven store via the Net Print serviceNote2. They can also install an on-demand online printing driver on their computers, to enable printout from both an ECCS2012 multifunction device or at any of the approximately 14,000 Seven-Eleven stores across the nation. This means users can print out a report that they have written at home in their own neighborhood, or print reference materials for off-campus occasions such as an academic conference. User's printing environment has improved now without time and location constraints.
ECCS2012's multifunction devices have a charging unitNote3 that accepts IC rail pass cards, which Fuji Xerox developed first in the industry, enabling payment with cards such as Suica and PASMO. Users can now use copy/print services with IC rail pass cards, just as they do at cafeterias, kiosks and vending machines.
The job operation terminal attached to the multifunction devices of ECCS2012 enables previewing and printing of not only PDF and image files but also Microsoft® Excel®, Word® and other Microsoft® Office documents. Generally, the only types of files that can be printed from a USB flash drive inserted to a multifunction device are PDF or image files. Users can check whether a document layout is maintained as intended in the preview function, without having to convert the document into PDF, thereby effectively preventing unnecessary printing errors.
Fuji Xerox will facilitate customers' communication through documents and contribute to resolving their tasks by providing a convenient printing environment that can print documents easily without time and place constraints.