Printing Management Platform works with Sharp OSA-Enabled MFPs.

Press Release Summary:

FollowMe® Embedded for Sharp provides end-users with integrated FollowMe Printing solution on Sharp OSA® (Open Systems Architecture)-enabled multi-function printers (MFPs). By leveraging capabilities of Sharp OSA embedded platform, solution removes need for external hardware and provides an all-in-one solution for copy, print, email, fax, and scan services. UI is enhanced with security features, and integrated BI engine gives organizations granular, enterprise-wide dynamic policy controls.

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Ringdale Releases Its FollowMe(TM) Embedded Platform for Sharp OSA Enabled Multi Function Printers (MFPs)

BURGESS HILL, England -- Ringdale, a leading provider of secure document output management solutions, releases the FollowMe® Embedded for Sharp product. The release provides end users with a fully integrated FollowMe Printing solution on all Sharp OSA® (Open Systems Architecture) enabled multi-function printers (MFPs).

Ringdale's FollowMe Embedded for Sharp leverages the capabilities of Sharp OSA embedded platform, removing the need for external hardware and provides an all-in-one solution for copy, print, email, fax and scan services. The intuitive user interface provides integrated single sign on (SSO) authentication and FollowMe Printing's secure print job roaming technology, offers a highly scalable solution to any organization.

FollowMe's integrated Business Intelligence Engine (BIE) gives organizations enterprise-wide dynamic policy controls, which can be applied per user, department or MFP.

Policies can be used to dynamically convert e-mails to black and white, route large print jobs to higher capacity output devices, as well as providing an unparalleled level of control through the built-in scripting engine to intelligently meet the most complex of business needs.

Ringdale and Sharp deliver a solution which maximizes the level of control organizations have on the cost of their printing. The release follows Ringdale's product development strategy which aims to make innovative embedded FollowMe Printing solutions available on leading manufacturer's MFPs.

"The release of the FollowMe Embedded for Sharp devices extends our portfolio of embedded solutions and enables unrivalled flexibility, security and cost saving opportunities, without losing the FollowMe Printing capabilities that are at the heart of the solution" said Jan Bollmann, Vice President of Engineering, Ringdale. "FollowMe enables integrated control of print, copy, scan and fax straight from the Sharp OSA enabled MFP's front panel, empowering users to work smarter"

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About Ringdale

Ringdale® has been supplying world leading technology products to its clients for more than three decades and currently maintains sales and support offices in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore and Japan. Ringdale launched the first FollowMe Printing solution in 1997 and are pioneers in providing secure, confidential document output management solutions across multiple printer models and manufacturers.

About Sharp

Sharp Corporation is a global inventor of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies, Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation employs 65,000 people in the world (as of August, 2011) and recorded consolidated annual sales of 3,021,973 million yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Sharp Digital Print Systems

Sharp offers its customers and partners a comprehensive portfolio in the field of digital print systems. With a portfolio ranging from small, compact multifunction printers which deliver efficiency and productivity for small office/home office environments, to office MFPs offering printer, copier, scanner and fax facilities in a single unit, and on to large production systems, Sharp has many years' experience in office organisation.

Sharp's proprietary Open Systems Architecture (OSA) software enables MFPs to be integrated seamlessly in a company network and appropriate business applications. Multifunctionality, speed, colour, security, cost control, system integration - there are many reasons for the success of Sharp's digital document management all-rounders.

For details on FollowMe Embedded for Sharp or the Ringdale partner support programme, please contact Charlotte Baker, Ringdale, Tel: +44(0)1444-871-349 or Email:

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