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Epson, EFI and Wayport Give Travelers Mobile Access to Color Printing

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

LONG BEACH, Calif.-- June 3, 2003-- Business travelers are now able to quickly and easily print high-quality full-color documents at numerous airports across the United States through a trial program being offered by Epson America Inc. and Electronics for Imaging at Wayport's Laptop Lane airport business centers. Epson is providing either EPSON AcuLaser 8600 printing/copying stations or EPSON Stylus CX5200 all-in-one products to 15 Laptop Lane airport business centers powered by Wayport in nine major metropolitan airports: Hartsfield Atlanta (three locations), Chicago O'Hare (two locations), Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle-Tacoma, New York LaGuardia, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (three locations), Oakland (two locations) and Philadelphia. These centers will also be equipped with EFI's PrintMe(TM) mobile and Internet printing solution, enabling business travelers to print from Laptop Lane computers and their own laptops, PDAs, cell phones or other mobile devices without having to install software drivers or undergo a complex setup process. With this combined solution, travelers will have the full convenience of simple-to-use color printing and copying services while they are away from the office. "There are 45 million business travelers each year," said Dorinda Hill, product marketing manager, Epson. "Many of these travelers need printing services while on the road for such things as last-minute revisions to presentations or handouts, printouts of sales materials or just printing their emails, but they generally do not carry printers and thus have difficulty printing while away from the office. Our service offers them a secure, high-quality on-demand printing and copying solution." "We've found that a convenient color printing and copying solution is one of the main business services travelers are looking for in airports," said Greg Purcell, director of airport operations for Wayport, parent company of Laptop Lane. "Through the Laptop Lane partnership with Epson and EFI, a traveler can upload a document via any Internet connection to be printed and ready for pickup using their secure Document ID at any of Wayport's 15 full-service Laptop Lane locations, saving valuable time before a big business meeting, for example. With the Epson/PrintMe solution at Laptop Lane locations in nine major airports, millions of business travelers now have a convenient printing solution exactly where they need it." To use the service, people establish either a wired or wireless secure high-speed connection to the Internet via Wayport in one of the designated Laptop Lane locations and upload or email their documents to www.PrintMe.com. Each document is assigned a private Document ID (DocID) number that is securely provided to the user. Users simply enter the DocID into the PrintMe station, a small device with a keypad and LCD attached to the Epson printer, to quickly and confidentially print their document. Using PrintMe DocIDs, travelers can also print documents uploaded by colleagues, clients and vendors. This convenient color printing and copying service will be competitively priced. "One of the most vexing problems for mobile professionals is printing while away from their desk. With PrintMe, business travelers can print vital documents wirelessly from any Internet-connected device. We are pleased to work with Epson to make 'on the road' printing convenient and hassle-free for Laptop Lane customers," said Mike Weimar, director of Marketing, EFI's PrintMe division.




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