Sustainable print solution for Limerick school


15 Feb 2011

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Ricoh has announced its partner M2 Office Supplies has implemented a new sustainable print solution for a Limerick school in order to reduce printing costs and carbon footprint.

M2 Office Supplies has introduced a new printing system for 800 students and staff at Coláiste Chiaráin. This new printing solution will enable the school to reduce its printing costs and carbon footprint. The new solution employs a smart-card initiative, which the school uses to track student attendance.

The simple swipe system allows students to swipe their card at any of the Ricoh devices in order to release their print job. This new system not only reduces long queues, but more importantly, paper wastage is reduced as printing jobs are no longer misdirected.

Coláiste Chiarán is one of the first schools in the country to implement this innovative smart technology. Students can save as much as 40pc on home printing costs. The school saves 50pc on its previous printing costs.

As part of encouraging sustainable printing practices in the school, all print jobs are deleted from the queue after a set number of hours, eliminating unnecessary printouts abandoned at devices. The system also includes duplex printing, further reducing the amount of paper used.

Conor Power, ICT co-ordinator at Coláiste Chiaráin, is delighted with the new system at the school as it “really helps us to manage cost and reduce our carbon footprint. This is an important issue to everybody at our school."

Alan Mason, managing director of Ricoh Ireland, said, "The new solution in place at Coláiste Chiaráin is a powerful tool for minimising paper consumption and effectively managing print and IT budgets. This innovative school is paving the way in terms of technology advancements in the Irish education sector."

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