What does "scan once, print many" mean? Anyone? Bueller ... ? Back in the good old days of analog copiers, pagers and dinosaurs, the scanner on copiers needed to take a “picture” for every copy made: When 10 copies were requested, the scanner moved across the original 10 times. You can imagine how this added to the wear and tear of a device and repeated, on-site service.
Once devices became digital, the need to scan for each copy ended. Instead, one picture was taken, digitized and available to print for each image requested.
It was a common demo technique to place an original on the glass, touch 10 copies, and while the batch was being output, raise the ADF. In the analog world, this act would result in copies of open lids and black space. Prospects were known to gasp because the digital photocopier kept churning out copies of the original, even with the lid raised.
Digital devices carried another cool quality; they connected to a network. As time passed, somebody in the copier world pondered, "if a copier can connect to a network, why can't it “talk” with other machines?"
Smart people saw the benefits of remotely communicating with devices. Error codes, usage history, ROM upgrades and current status were just a few data points service departments would value. Machine to machine (M2M) communications came to copiers —or was it the other way around?
Nowadays, everything is connected. Refrigerators, doorbells, microwave machines, automobiles, cows, plants, cameras, mobile phones, coffee machines — not just your printers, copiers, servers, switches, PCs and mobile devices. This connectivity brings...read the rest, at The Imaging Channel.