The core basic office server includes the choice to activate any one of the modules listed below; all these modules are also available as additional modules:
Secure Printing - Allows users to select and print their job from their own personal print queue using the control panel of the imageRUNNER
Statistics - Generation of over 65 different usage reports; Crystal Reports is used as a standard statistical tool
Desktop Accounting – Allows users to track printing from local desktop printers attached to Windows PCs
Remote Print Server – Allows users to monitor and analyze printing and copying of remote locations
Rules and Routing – Sends the job to an appropriate device based on pre-configurable rules, lowest costs and maximum speed
Server Clustering (Except for Workgroup Edition) – Allows several uniFLOW servers to act as one virtual server on the network for High availability requirements
Advanced Scanning– uniFLOW offers unprecedented document processing capabilities such as document separation, indexing, iHQC™ compression (resulting in significantly smaller file sizes while maintaining high quality), multi-lingual OCR, and much more. By virtue of design uniFLOW v5 allows customized scanning workflows to be constructed using simple building blocks
Advanced Device Management– uniFLOW 5.3 allows for complete print infrastructure management by combining user based print management with device based print management into a single system. uniFLOW now incorporates powerful device meter and status information capture technology across multi-vendor device fleets
uniFLOW has a unique workflow that would be of interest to security conscious customers who would like to control information flow outside of their enterprise. The OCR technology built into uniFLOW v5 can now detect words specified by the customer to prevent restricted documents being sent from the MFP via email or other “Scan to” destinations.
Mobile Printing - uniFLOW v5.3 provides several different methods for users to submit jobs, including submission via email, uploading a job via a web browser and printing directly from an application using an Internet enabled driver.
Mobile Release - All of the print release capabilities within uniFLOW are seamlessly supported for mobile users. Mobile jobs can be released from any uniFLOW controlled printer via card access or pin code. In addition, the mobile device itself can also be used to control the release of the print jobs at the device. Via the uniFLOW mobile web browser page, users will be able to identify themselves, select a printer and then select which of their jobs to release.
Finance Director's expectations:
With uniFLOW, Finance Directors can chargeback users, departments, groups, or cost centers for the costs of printing, track cost savings and the environmental impact of a printer or copier fleet, easily generate reports to assist in financial planning, and manage printer, copier, and consumable payments to the hardware supplier.
Track all output costs:
uniFLOW uses detailed charging profiles to allow differing costs for different printers, users, groups, or cost centers. uniFLOW calculates prices for printing, copying, faxing, scanning, and all print room jobs.
Price profiles, budgets, and multi-level cost centres:
Price profiles can be created in uniFLOW to account for different types of charges, such as color and black/white printing, page sizes and paper trays, single-sided and double-sided printing, and finishing options.
Users, groups, and cost centers can be given budgets to stop or restrict printing - for example, color printing is stopped if funds run out. Budgets can also be automatically updated or updated via a user payment.
Multi-level cost centers can be used to allow for easy usage chargeback. Also, users can be automatically prompted every time they print a job or use the MFP to make a copy.
The uniFLOW Universal Driver can help fix the often, too common "incompatible driver" problem. The uniFLOW Universal Driver works by ensuring that the printer specific codes are only added to the print job once the final printer type is known, resulting in a correct printout every time.
Requiring authentication at a device can help prevent unauthorized printing and copying, faxing and scanning to email, and confidential documents lying on the printer tray.
Authentication at the device also unleashes an imageRUNNER ADVANCE feature set which includes "Scan to My Folder", "Scan to Myself" (email), "Quick Menu" personalization, and "Key Chain" login.
The uniFLOW version of follow me printing, My Print Anywhere, offers users a convenient, productive, and secure way to print. When a user prints, his or her job is stored on the uniFLOW server until that user authenticates at ANY device on the network and releases his or her job.
Secure Mobile Submission:
uniFLOW allows any mobile user to submit a print job, as long as that user's mobile device has emailing capabilities. Users can also submit jobs via web browser, or printing directly from an application using an internet enabled driver.
Secure Mobile Release:
Once a print job is submitted, regardless of whether it's from a desktop PC or a mobile device, the user will fall into the uniFLOW My Print Anywhere (follow me printing) workflow, where the user will walk to the most convenient device, and release their print job after authenticating themselves.
Multiple Identities & Guest Printing:
Users tend to have multiple identities in today's mobile age, and uniFLOW supports that by allowing users to register each of their identities, such as email addresses or phone numbers, so that the uniFLOW system will recognize them, and allow them to print. uniFLOW Secure Mobile Printing also provides the option for guest printing. Guest printing can be customized to allow visitors (outside the network) to submit print jobs, but with preset company restrictions.
There is also a uniFLOW native app for Apple iOS devices and Android devices. This app enables the mobile device to identify a printer, for example by a QR code, select a print job from the user's personal print queue, make necessary print settings, and release their job.
Google Cloud Print:
uniFLOW also supports Google Cloud Print. So, users of Google Chroomebooks, and companies that primarily use Google Cloud Print for all their printing needs, can print in a secure manner with the option of uniFLOW tracking all prints.
Automatic Job Re-routing:
uniFLOW has the ability to route print jobs to specific printers or locations based on customizable criteria, such as routing print jobs to the most cost effective device, or routing print jobs to alternative devices if one is not available - this can be done automatically as determined by an IT Administrator, or a user can be notified about the cost of his or her print job and have the option to reroute the job themselves.
As stated above, a user can be notified by uniFLOW if that user would be better served to re-route his or her print job to a more cost effective device.
uniFLOW also has an advanced authorization workflow built into it that allows approval for print jobs when certain criteria are met. For example, any print job less than 100 pages would not require any authorization, however if the print job exceeds 100 pages, authorization would be needed by a manager.
With uniFLOW, the need for an additional scanning system is redundant. Also, by implementing uniFLOW Scanning, the IT burden is reduced because on a single platform for printing and scanning, there is no need to manage users, roles, cost centers, and etc. in two different systems.
Integration: Many MFPs already offer basic scanning functionality, such as "Scan to email" and "Scan to folder," however uniFLOW Scanning can offer an enhancement to the basic scanning functionality by providing ways for Business Process Optimization, which would require functionality, such as individual follow me scanning workflows, automatic detection of scanned document types, automatic extraction of key data, online database validations, and integration with back-office systems.