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Konica Minolta Introduces i-Option

Friday, March 07, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

Ramsey, N.J. – March 6, 2008 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today unveiled two new MFP options that further enhance the productivity and security capabilities of Konica Minolta’s comprehensive line of multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all-in-one system). The newly introduced LK-101 i-Option and LK-102 i-Option, developed by Konica Minolta will allow Web access and document manipulation from an MFP control panel (LK-101) and also support enhanced PDF encryption – meeting the highest requirements of the U.S. Government (LK-102).

The new i-Option features will further build upon the extensive security, printing, copying and scanning features found on the next-generation line of Konica Minolta bizhub™ MFPs (bizhub C650, bizhub C550, bizhub C451, bizhub C353, bizhub C253, and bizhub C203). The LK-101 i-Option targets all users looking to further enhance their MFP capabilities to include the convenience of accessing the Web directly from the MFP’s Image Panel – a new control panel from Konica Minolta that provides document management capabilities from the MFP. The LK-102 i-Option, targeting security-demanding environments, offers AES 128-bit encryption for extensively secure environments, such as U.S. Government accounts.

“i-Option is a unique new offering for Konica Minolta’s award-winning line of bizhub devices that will offer our customers the ability to derive even greater value out of their investment in our products,” said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, marketing and product planning, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “It also demonstrates the flexibility and extensibility of the bizhub OP system architecture as these new enhancement kits are software-based, and can be added without having to replace the hardware.”

LK-101 i-Option – Web Browser and Image Panel
Konica Minolta is among the few vendors to offer Web Access from the MFP control panel with the LK-101, providing users with greater ease in accessing and managing information. Featuring an Image Panel that enables users to manipulate files accessed at the MFP, the LK-101 brings more convenience to office workflow. Features include:
    • Embedded Web browser on MFP
    • Access HTTP pages from the MFP
    • Preview PDF files
    • Perform direct pull print
    • Search and view manuals written in HTML from an external server
    • Display and print content on the intranet or internet
    • Display and print PDF files on the intranet or internet
    • Web Access from MFP simulates web access from PC
– Browser keys (Back, Forward, Refresh, Home Page, Favorites)

– History of activity
– Set default home page
Image Panel
    • Manipulate documents within a user box
    • Combine documents
    • Move documents
    • Preview multiple thumbnail pages
    • Scan a document from the ADF and manipulate within image panel without storing in user box
    • Transmit documents to Email, SMB folder, FTP server, WebDAV server, Fax destination, User box, or USB memory

LK-102 i-Option
To further enhance the security available on the bizhub C650/C550/C451 Series and bizhub C353/C253/C203 Series, the LK-102 will offer security to further meet Federal Government regulations with the following features:
    • Encrypts PDF file using AES 128-bit encryption
    • Apply digital ID’s and digital signature
    • Prevents unauthorized retrieval of documents
    • Ensures document integrity




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