Adoption of mobile printing remains low among local authorities, survey reveals

New research has revealed that the adoption of mobile printing remains low among local authorities in England.

However, the deployment of other solutions, such as ‘secure release/follow me print’, are gaining traction, particularly among councils in London.

Managed Services Provider Annodata issued a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to the capital’s 33 local authorities (32 London boroughs and the City of London itself), as well as 46 council districts from across the rest of England, to ascertain the use of smart printing practices in the public sector. The results revealed that the adoption of mobile printing, although higher in London (45%), remains relatively low in councils throughout the rest of England (35%).

However, the findings also highlight that councils are warming to other forms of smart printing practices, with the capital’s local authorities leading the way. The results revealed that 88% of the local authorities in the capital have adopted ‘follow me print’, which comes in higher compared to the rest of England (61%).

According to Joe Doyle, marketing director at Annodata, while it’s promising that London is leading the way with the adoption of smart printing practices, given the central role that the printed page plays, councils who are yet to implement these technologies will be paying the price in terms of costs, lost efficiencies and security posture.

He commented: “With effective use of management information both at departmental and user level, organisations will have greater visibility over their print estates leading to more control over things like use of colour and subsequently improved cost management.

“London councils are clearly making better strides in re-imagining their print estates and it’s encouraging to see significant adoption of services such as secure release/follow me print. However, there is still progress to be made when it comes to the adoption of these technologies.

“The printed page shows no sign of disappearing and it will continue to play a pivotal role in the majority of councils. Adopting smart printing practices creates a more agile and flexible working environment and will go a long way in improving efficiency and maximising productivity.”

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