What is FollowMe Printing?A Follow Me printer is a network print queue set up on the print system server that does not automatically route pages to a specific printer. The system sees your print job in the FollowMe print queue and transfers it into database storage. When your ID card is swiped (faculty and staff) or your ID# entered (students) at a Konica MFD (copier), the print system recognizes your location and moves your print jobs from the database storage to a print queue that routes pages to the printer at your location. Print jobs sent to the 'FollowMe Printer' print queue can be released at any of the Konica MFD (copier) units throughout the district. If a print job is left in the database storage for more than 48 hours it will be deleted and can no longer be released and printed.
Why are we implementing FollowMe printing? The Boyertown Area School District has been studying the use of printers, printer paper and all associated costs for the past three years to ensure it is being utilized efficiently. After careful consideration, we have decided to further consolidate and manage printing by providing access to multifunction printers spread throughout each building with input from each building principal. FollowMe printing allows faculty, staff and students to print to a single print queue and retrieve the job from any printer throughout the district. The Konica devices that are being deployed also serve as a copier and color scanner. Conservatively speaking, the program will save the district in excess of $35,000.00/year, not including the cost of paper.
What about color print jobs?
Color printing is not being eliminated from the district. We are eliminating color print devices from the buildings and providing a centralized color print service at the district Print Center. Color print job requests should be submitted to the Print Center using the same procedure currently used for B&W jobs. By removing color printers from the schools and moving all color jobs to the Print Center, we are lowering the cost per color page from .145 (14 cents) to .0656 (6.56 cents) per color copy/print. Using the color pages printed figures from this school year alone, the district will realize a savings of over $16,000.00/year.
How does it work?
FollowMe Printing uses a virtual printer queue that hold the print job until it is released at an authorized real printer. There will be only a one FollowMe virtual print que called 'FollowMe Printer'.
How do I login and release the print job?
Konica Multifunction Printers:
- Faculty and Staff will use their BASD ID badge.
- Students will use their Student ID#
Detailed instructions can be found at FollowMe Documents
*FACULTY/STAFF: If you do not have your BASD ID card or your card swipe does not work, use the printer screen with your BASD ID and password
How long do I have to release my print job?
Each print job will be held for up to 48 hours after it was initially printed.