Lantronix: Enabling Seamless Mobile Printing in the Enterprise

Kurt Busch, CEO
The managed print services (MPS) market is driving greater business efficiency by offering cost-effective printing solutions. In fact, a 2015 study by Gartner predicts that organizations using MPS can save up to 30 percent on print-related costs. However, with the rapid increase in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, an increasing number of workers are using iPads or other tablets in place of laptops or netbooks.

“During interactions with CIOs we found that one of the first questions they are asked during iPad deployment is ‘How do I print?’,” states Kurt Busch, president & CEO, Lantronix. While most low-cost home printers now support Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, many networked enterprise printers do not have tablet printing support, including the vast majority of business printers. Addressing this challenge is California-based Lantronix.

For more than 25 years, Lantronix has been an innovator in creating solutions to address critical IT enterprise issues. Recognizing that mobile printing is becoming an essential part of IT management, the company launched the xPrintServer Office, a plug-and-play printing solution for mobile devices. The xPrintServer enables mobile printing support to the installed base of millions of business printers that do not support Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. “Our customers benefit because they do not have to buy new printers, and they can use the native print commands in the tablet – with no apps to download or software to install,” adds Busch.

As the first-and-only Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print-certified print server appliance that supports thousands of printer models, the xPrintServer Office allows IT managers to quickly and securely auto-provision multifunction and network printers to support AirPrint and Google Cloud Print by simply connecting the xPrintServer to a network switch or router.


With the xPrintServer Office, Lantronix continues to address the mobility, management and security challenges faced by IT personnel, from small office to Fortune 500 organizations


With Lantronix’s patented driver management techniques, the correct printer driver details are automatically downloaded from the cloud and installed on the xPrintServer with no user interaction required. The xPrintServer supports remote authentication with Active Directory for printer access authentication, and uses TLS data encryption to securely transfer print jobs from mobile devices. It also provides administrators with a web browser-based interface for managing user accounts, printer options, proxy server configurations, and firmware settings.

In addition to the convenience and time saved in being able to print directly from a tablet, the xPrintServer helps reduce the cost of tablet deployment by allowing companies to leverage their existing network of printers. The xPrinterServer solution has been deployed in a wide range of verticals, including education, retail, financial services, and more.

Moving forward, Lantronix plans to continue to develop and strengthen their products and services to ensure customers are completely satisfied. Over the last few years, the company has brought to market innovative new solutions to address other issues of management, mobility and security in the enterprise.

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Lantronix Contributes to eSight Design, Enabling Individuals With Serious Visual Impairment to See

IRVINE, Calif. - Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of Software as a Service (SaaS), connectivity services, engineering services, intelligent hardware and turnkey solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Remote Environment Management (REM), today announced that its Engineering Services team supported eSight Corp. in the development of an enhanced vision device that enables individuals with serious visual impairment to see. eSight Corp. was recently recognized as a manufacturer of the Best Wearable/Healthcare Hardware/Software Consumer Technology of 2021by the Tech Ascension Awards, which honors companies that possess the most innovative technology in their respective industries.


Utilizing the Lantronix engineering teams skills, knowledge and technology, we were able to create a wearable device that enables people with legal blindness to see ” some for the very first time, said Charles Lim, Chief Technology Officer of eSight Corp.


Case Study Overview


To enable individuals with serious visual impairment to see, including some for the very first time, eSight created its enhanced vision device. To make its revolutionary innovation a reality, eSight relied on Lantronix Engineering Services to develop the camera, image processing and high-definition screens as well as customize the Qualcomm® APQ8084 application processor to enable the processing power. Together, these technologies increase the information that gets to the eyes, empowering individuals with low vision and legal blindness to see.


Challenge: Utilize Camera Technology to Create eSight


The eSight team turned to Lantronix to tackle a big design challenge: utilize camera technology to create an enhanced vision device that would be functional and comfortable for users.


Challenges included:


• Integrating cameras, image processing and high-definition screens into a wearable device


• Ensuring functional operation in real-life user environments, including peripheral views


• Enabling wireless connectivity to enable the device to take photos and stream content


• Implementing technologies with the necessary on-device processing power


• Producing affordability for both the design and retail price for users


Solution: Lantronix Customization and Integration Services


With the goal of making the eSight affordable for users, Lantronixs high-performance, low-latency custom solution for eSight featured a highly technical design that integrates custom circuit boards and software to take advantage of the power of the Qualcomm APQ8084 application processor. The design also included cameras, OLED displays, sensors, touchpad Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth, USB, audio, battery charging and device management. Software development included camera focusing technologies, security and driver support.


Results: eSight Brings Sight to Individuals With Visual Impairment


A typical eSight wearer has visual acuity of 20/60 to 20/800. Wearing eSight and looking at the live footage it captures, many achieve 20/20. Advanced algorithms optimize and enhance images before showing them on two screens in front of the eyes. Delivering more data to the brain creates an increased reaction from the eyes that enables the user to see faces, read and retain their mobility. As a bonus, unlike other assistive devices, eSight also allows users to take photos and stream content directly to the eSight screens and extend a shared account to loved ones so they can see what they see and help customize their experience.


Together, eSight Corp. and Lantronix took advantage of the Android„¢ 7.0 smartphone-caliber processor to create the most valuable features of the eSight:


• High-speed, high-definition (18 megapixel) camera with liquid lens and 24x zoom, contrast, focus, color settings and biopic tilt for peripheral vision


• Two high-resolution, OLED screens for full binocular vision


• Sensors for detecting distance, temperature and orientation


• Advanced UI with HDMI, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth that allow the user to take photos, stream content and get automatic cloud-based updates


Bringing sight to people is an incredible accomplishment. We are honored to support eSight in creating a wearable device that harnesses the power of technology to change lives, said Victor Gonzalez, Senior Director of Engineering at Lantronix.


The Lantronix Engineering Services team provides solutions that help support an affordable development cycle, speed to market and use of advanced technologies such as Qualcomms systems on modules and chips. Together, we help our clients bring breakthrough technologies to the world, said Fathi Hakam, VP of Engineering at Lantronix.

Company
Lantronix

Headquarters
Irvine, CA

Management
Kurt Busch, CEO

Description
Lantronix, is a specialized networking company providing M2M and IoT solutions