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IBM Unveils New Printers With Enhanced Security

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BOULDER, CO, 07/12/05 -- IBM today announced five new workgroup printers designed to help improve document security, reduce output costs, and increase productivity. IBM also announced a new family of line matrix printers designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in industrial print environments. Security in the Office The new members of the Infoprint 1000 family of laser printers offer improved security features that can integrate with existing networks to help increase document confidentiality and device security. Confidential access to sensitive documents can be implemented through new secure print features that can "hold" the document on the device until the end user enters a personal identification number (PIN). Higher levels of security can also be obtained through the Infoprint family's authentication and encryption features. "IBM's newest workgroup solutions are designed to help customers better manage the confidentiality and security of their output in networked environments," said Doug Oathout, vice president, IBM Printing Systems Division. "We continue to listen to customers to develop a broad range of innovative technology solutions that can help improve business processes and reduce total output costs." Secure Solutions for Any Size Business IBM's newest lines of monochrome and color workgroup solutions include: -- Infoprint 1532 Express and Infoprint 1552 -- These medium-volume, monochrome laser printers are capable of print speeds up to 35 and 45 pages per minute (ppm), respectively, and are designed to deliver fast output with enhanced security capabilities including confidential PIN printing, authentication and encryption for network environments. The printers are wireless-capable, to help customers speed installation into existing networks. With affordable acquisition prices, reliable output, and robust functionality, these models are ideal solutions for small or medium workgroups. The IBM suggested list price in the US for the Infoprint 1532 Express network model is $1,132, $1239 for network model Infoprint 1552n. The non-network Infoprint 1552 is $871. -- Infoprint 1572 and Infoprint 1585 -- These high-volume, network-configured monochrome laser printers offer users print speeds up to 50 ppm for letter paper sizes to support large workgroups and enterprises that demand fast output, a high level of security, as well as flexible media solutions and finishing options. The Infoprint 1585 can also produce wide format 11"x17" output at speeds up to 28 ppm. Both solutions offer a new operator panel for ease of use and an optional wireless card delivers users flexible networking options. The IBM suggested list price in the US for the Infoprint 1572n is $1,348 and $3,106 for the Infoprint 1585n. -- Infoprint Color 1567 -- This high performance, mid-volume, network-configured departmental color laser printer delivers monochrome speeds up to 36 ppm and color speeds up to 32 ppm. With its robust functionality, including color control options, wide format output, a new easy-to-use operator panel, optional wireless capabilities, and enhanced security features, the Infoprint Color 1567n is ideal for medium and large workgroups that need both color and monochrome output. The IBM suggested list price in the US for the Infoprint Color 1567n is $3,786. High-Quality, Reliable Industrial Output Following the recent introduction of the Infoprint 6700 with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) capabilities, IBM continues to refresh its industrial portfolio with the new Infoprint 6500 family of line matrix printers, designed to reduce costs and deliver reliable, efficient output for text, bar codes, graphics and overlays. To help customers better manage their distributed printers, from the back office to the loading dock, the Infoprint 6500 offers the ability to remotely access, configure and control an entire fleet of printers, from a single, easy-to-use virtual operator panel. Using IBM's Printer Management Utility (PMU), customers can also monitor the printer's output and the status of ribbon life in real-time. To maximize operator efficiency, the PMU proactively monitors the printer. By using an optional 10/100Base T Ethernet interface, an operator can be alerted via e-mail or pager when intervention is necessary. The Infoprint 6500 can also help lower supplies costs and reduce user interventions with its longer life, ultra-capacity ribbon that can print up to 50 million characters before a replacement is necessary. To further efficiencies, the standard Intelligent Ribbon System in the printer can automatically monitor ribbon usage and suspend printing before the print quality becomes unacceptable. An operator can also be alerted when a ribbon replacement is necessary, helping deliver improved uptime and helping ensure high quality output. Customers can also take advantage of various print speeds that range from 500 to 2000 lines per minute for demanding applications that require fast output. Pricing and Availability The Infoprint 1532 Express, Infoprint 1552, and Infoprint 1572 are scheduled to be available on July 15, 2005. The Infoprint 1567 is scheduled to be available on July 22, 2005, and the Infoprint 1585 is scheduled to be available on September 2, 2005. Scheduled to be available on July 22, 2005, IBM plans to offer the Infoprint 6500 at an entry-level price of $5,375. For more information, contact an IBM representative or visit ibm.com/printers.

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