*NEWS*KONICA MINOLTA:NEW $21,000.00 MFP

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*NEWS*KONICA MINOLTA:NEW $21,000.00 MFP

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    Konica Minolta’s Latest MFP Focuses on Security
    June 
    2007 Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. on June 5 launched its
    latest multifunction printer, the bizhub C451, which includes advanced
    security features that help to authenticate users as well as encrypt
    crucial data.Security is one of the main concerns of enterprises as
    individuals risk their passwords being stolen or lost with each
    document that they print, scan, copy or fax, Keith Kmetz, an analyst
    with research company IDC, told eWEEK.”We are seeing an increased
    concern around security, leading to the development of several security
    features,” said Kmetz.The bizhub’s C451 authentication tool, known as
    the Biometric Authentication Unit, helps to eliminate those risks by
    taking the vein patterns of a user’s finger and scanning, encrypting
    and storing them to help distinguish individuals.”This leading-edge
    security system will benefit users across many industries and
    departments, including legal and human resources, as it offers the
    ability to truly secure documents on the network,” Kevin P. Kern, vice
    president of product planning and developing at the Ramsey, N.J.-based
    Konica Minolta Business Solutions, told eWEEK.Kmetz said he believes
    that biometrics as a whole is an advanced level of security that
    bypasses most security problems such as passwords being stolen or
    lost.”Biometrics can be used to ensure that the user has been
    authorized to use the device,” Kmetz said. “It’s hard to ‘steal’
    fingerprints.”The bizhub C451 also features a hard drive overwrite
    function with optional encryption, which enables users to erase data
    stored on the device’s hard disk drive or memory by overwriting it with
    a series of characters. The data is erased when the copy, print, scan
    or fax job is completed.”I’d expect to see printer and copier vendors
    explore more sophisticated security solutions for MFPs [multifunction
    printers] now and into the future,” Kmetz said. “This could mean more
    biometrics or perhaps even something more identifiable with authorized
    users.”The C451, the successor to the bizhub C450, prints 45 pages per
    minute in color. It also offers scanning, copying and faxing
    capabilities that enable users to be productive with one color MFP
    instead of separate devices, according to Kern.”The bizhub C451 is
    designed to be a true color replacement for monochrome devices, which
    will further drive the shift to color here in the U.S.,” Kern said.”The
    MFP reflects an ongoing transition in the market from monochrome-only
    devices to color-capable machines,” Kmetz said. “While IDC sees the
    monochrome market maintaining a majority share of the laser-based
    market, color is demonstrating significantly stronger growth than the
    maturing monochrome market.”The C451 also features an on-board color
    touch-screen control panel that features a thumbnail preview and allows
    users to program shortcut keys for frequently used copy and scan/fax
    functions. It also features a tandem laser print head, which provides
    users with image quality and reliability, Kern said.”As with all the
    next-generation bizhub MFPs, the C451′s new 360-degree design makes it
    aesthetically pleasing from any angle so it can be centered in a busy
    work area,” Kern said.The bizhub C451 is available now for $21,000.