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CPad terminals are touchscreen modules with an integrated PaperCut interface that plug into the desired MFD via an access port. Cartardis CPad terminals are a hardware neutral solution and can turn almost any copier into a PaperCut tracked and controlled machine.

CPad is a new hardware terminal that is been developed in partnership with PaperCut. It aims to bring the touchscreen functionality seen on embedded solution to a vendor independent hardware offering, i.e Legacy Copiers (not supporting third party Application Platforms) and cpad Devices as currently there is not an embedded solution for this brand.

A CPad Terminal displaying a print release queue & CPad configured with swipe card authentication. (Click to Enlarge)

CPad support multiple authentication methods. A large percentage of PaperCut's user base operate in education environments where security is important. The supported authentication methods include:

  • Username and password
  • Card authentication - supports many USB readers: magnetic swipe to HID prox, Mifare and others
  • Optional PIN with card authentication for extra security (two factor auth)
  • Ability for users to self-associate cards with their accounts on first-use
  • No need for separate accounts - use existing PaperCut accounts imported from your network directory

CPad is manufacturer independent and is easily transferred between devices. It works by locking the copier until a user has authenticated, and then their copier usage is tracked in real-time.

  • High resolution 7" color touch screen providing quick access to print release and account selection.
  • Easy network connectivity with an inbuilt dual Ethernet hub.
  • Dual USB ports for connecting authentication card readers.

PaperCut offers hold/release queue as a core feature supporting all device types. CPad provides print release directly from a single touch. This feature ensures the user is there to collect their job and other users can't "accidentally" collect the document. Release methods include:

  • Release from list
  • Secure release - users can only release their jobs.
  • Automatic release on log in

Find Me printing solves the problem of finding the closest printer from a long list of available printers. It is a roaming print service that allows print jobs to find users based on their physical location. More on Find Me printing and secure print release.

Release queue on CPad & additional job information (Click to Enlarge)

  • Users are provided with real-time feedback of account balance and cost as the job proceeds
  • Different types of copying can be charged at different rates
  • Usage is reported live in the PaperCut logs

Job Log in PaperCut Admin Interface & CPad real-time copy session display

  • Intuitive touch screen interface with clear workflow matching PaperCut's embedded solutions.
  • View jobs pending release with full document information.
  • Users with shared account access can select from a list or search by keyword.
  • Control account and device access using Active Directory groups.

CPad works by locking the copier until the user has authenticated by one of the various configurable authentication methods.

Users interact with the CPad via a rich touch screen offering an intuitive interface. Copying is tracked and reported to the PaperCut central server in real time.

Consolidated management and reporting in either summary or detailed formats are readily available at the click of a button for all copies and prints across your entire fleet. You can report by:

  • By device (printers & copiers)
  • By user
  • By shared account (client, department, faculty)
  • By location
  • By date and time / period

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The typical power consumption of a cPad is 10W, it is a really good advantage when the we compare to a PC, a PC consumes around 200W to 300W. When a PC is switched on for a year it had consumed (0.2 X 24 X 365) = 1752 kWh vs CPAD (0.01 X 24 X 365) = 88 kWh.

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