Konica Introduces Bluetooth Wireless Printing for Printing Device Line
Friday, February 14, 2003
WINDSOR, Conn., Feb. 13 -- Konica Business Technologies, Inc. (Konica), the innovation leader in digital imaging solutions and a subsidiary of Konica Corporation, today announced the general availability of Bluetooth Wireless Printing from Anycom, Inc., a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of Bluetooth technology. With Bluetooth Wireless Printing, users have the ability to print high-quality images wirelessly from Bluetooth- enabled mobile devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), tablets, and notebook and desktop computers to Bluetooth-enabled Konica printers. Bluetooth wireless technology allows for short-range (30-60 feet)wireless printing between nearly any Bluetooth-enabled mobile device and nearly any Bluetooth-enabled Konica printer. The Bluetooth printer module simply attaches to the back of the printer's parallel port and an LED will illuminate when the printer has established connection with the Bluetooth- enabled mobile device. With the Bluetooth printer module, users can print a variety of personal information from a compatible PDA or a user could choose to print contracts, quotations, proposals, presentations, etc., from a Bluetooth-enabled notebook or desktop computer. "We recognized Bluetooth Wireless Printing as an ideal companion for Konica's extensive line of printing devices and an important offering for our customers. With a significant portion of today's workforce being mobile, providing a solution that allows our customers to print documents from anywhere, at any time is a priority," said William H. Brewster, vice president, marketing, Konica Business Technologies, Inc. "It is our goal to deliver the technology that meets our broad range of customer needs." Bluetooth Wireless Printing is ideal for two major audiences - the mobile professional and retailers who provide business services. With a Bluetooth adapter and a Bluetooth printer module, the mobile professional can print from their laptop, PDA or tablet to almost any printer with a parallel port -- when necessary and from anywhere. In addition, retailers who provide business services, now have the ability to offer Bluetooth adapters to customers so that they can print to Bluetooth-enabled Konica printers from their own mobile technology, delivering true convenience. "For the mobile professional, wireless convenience is key. Bluetooth Wireless Printing is easy to use and easy to set up with no networking hassles," said Tom Pocsics, president and CEO of Anycom, Inc. "With Bluetooth Wireless Printing users of the technology can quickly and seamlessly transmit information from their mobile devices to Konica's printers for stress-free printing." Compatibility, Pricing and Availability The Bluetooth Wireless Printing technology is compatible with any Konica printing devices featuring embedded printer controllers. For Konica printers that utilize external print controllers or Fiery print controllers, an additional adapter is required. Bluetooth Wireless Printing is available through Konica's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Bluetooth CF Card Printing Kit is $329 and for the Bluetooth USB Printing Kit the MSRP is $219. The MSRP for the Bluetooth CF Card with PC Card Adapter is $149 and for the Bluetooth USB Adapter the MSRP is $59.