HP to Demo its First 'Printer Ecosystem' Kit

SAN MATEO (05/08/2000) - This week at NetWorld+Interop, Hewlett-Packard Co. will show off the first product resulting from its recent e-services printer ecosystem announcement.

The HP JetDirect 4000 print appliance, announced in April and available as of May 1, helps install and manage remote or distributed print queues from a Web browser without the use of a network-hogging print driver.

As part of HP's e-services plan, JetDirect 4000 streamlines printing by localizing print traffic to avoid clogging bandwidth. Future pieces of the e-services family will include device management tools and specialty-printing applications.

To make HP's print infrastructure work, partners such as Federal Express Corp. needed to dumb down their proprietary scanning technology to accept bar codes created by less expensive, nonlaser-quality printers that are priced within reach of all customers, big or small. HP's JetDirect 4000 helps fill that niche.

Hewlett-Packard Co., in Palo Alto, California, is at www.hp.com.

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