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February 11, 2010

Software Imaging's Android App Enables Direct Printing of Enterprise Documents Through Ubiquisys Femtocells


Ubiquisys (News - Alert) Ltd, a provider of 3G femtocells, has announced that in partnership with Software Imaging Ltd, a provider of mobile printing solutions, the company is going to exhibit world’s first smartphone printing from a 3G femtocell network at the Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) 2010 going to be held at Barcelona, Spain.


A femtocell, also known as an Access Point Base Station, is a small 3G mobile access point that plugs in to standard broadband connections, and is typically designed for use in a home or small business. With the help of the NGPA Mobile Printing Application for Android (News - Alert) smartphones being offered by Software Imaging, users can print enterprise documents directly from the mobile device over the 3G femtocells. Both the companies will showcase the solution within Ubiquisys hospitality suite at the suite.

The application helps in printing from all major smartphones to both networked and directly connected printers. It automatically discovers and configures printers, so that the users don’t need to download printer drivers or program in complex network and printer characteristics, and are able to print their documents in just three clicks, claim the company officials.

Ubiquisys Femto-Engine power the 3G femtocells which are leveraged by smartphones in incorporating the Software Imaging NGPA solution to print in home, office and retail locations without even using a computer. The documents can even be queued to be printed afterwards while the users are away from their femtocell network. A typical user could read emails on a smartphone and select some of them for printing. As he reaches the office, the phone connects to the femto network, identifies the printer and automatically prints the selected emails.

In a release, Will Franks, founder and CTO, Ubiquisys, said the solution is yet another example of how self-organising femto networks are about much more than providing a great mobile service at work. Franks continued that the networks offer a simple, secure platform for apps like NGPA to transform the productivity of enterprise smartphone users.

In the words of Mike Phillips (News - Alert), Director Mobile Products, Software Imaging, the company is working closely with Ubiquisys to bring a new printing experience to smartphone users, and its NGPA print solution is unique in enabling direct printing of complex enterprise documents from smartphones. Phillips added that it is important for Software Imaging to be able to support printing over 3G femtocells as it believes they will become one of the pervasive networks for homes, enterprises and retail locations.

December last year, Ubiquisys had reportedly announced the release of Femto-Engine, the world’s first software femtocell that separates femtocell functionality from the underlying hardware foundation.

Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard










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