Radical Print and Imaging Refresh Delivers Exceptional Multi-Functionality with Greater Control to Academic and IT Staff
The printing and imaging environment for academic staff at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has undergone a radical refresh, delivering exceptional multi-functionality and greater control to the Institute’s IT department. Deployed by MJ Flood and based on a variety of market -leading Konica Minolta devices, the refresh has enabled IT staff at the institute to standardise the print environment, provide exceptional printing and imaging capability and offer staff more reliability with greater device uptime – all without capital expenditure.
Maresa Kelly, Senior Technical Officer, explains the driver behind the project: “We had a situation where a variety of printing and imaging devices from various vendors were slowly creeping onto the network. Machines were quickly going end of life and we were concerned with stock wastage and on-going support. From an IT perspective, we felt we had to standardise on one manufacturer and avail of a pay per click deal which would encompass, hardware, consumables, spare parts and post-sales support.”
Following a competitive tender process which considered up to 7 individual submissions, MJ Flood and Konica Minolta were selected to fulfil the project.
Assessing the Success of the Project
Scanning functionality is one of the most successful elements of the project. “Scanning integrates really well with the Institute’s e-Learning environment.” “We actively encourage staff to upload assignments, course notes or other documentation to our “Moodle” system where students can download at will. This cuts down on printing volumes and helps the environment.”
“One academic commented to me recently that this was the single best piece of technology introduced to the Institute since she joined the staff. I think that’s a real testament to the success of the project,” explains Maresa Kelly.