St. Joseph Communications has made a foray into the mobile world as it officially announced the deployment of eight, self-service mobile printing kiosks at Pearson International Airport. The patent-pending ePrintit Kiosks -- said in an earlier release to be the world's first self-service public-pay kiosks -- is equipped with proprietary monitoring software developed by St. Joseph and is supported by HP and PrinterOn.
Consumers can print reports, presentations and photos by downloading the HP ePrint service app to smartphones or tablets. Documents can be sent directly to the kiosks, each of which has a dedicated e-mail address. Each kiosk is equipped with an HP colour laser printer, a Citizen dye-sublimation photo printer, an online video camera, and 42” digital signage.
“More than 19 per cent of the world’s cell phones are smartphones and this is expected to reach 50 per cent by Christmas,” says Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications. “With the introduction of the ePrintit Kiosk, hundreds of millions of smartphone users worldwide can now quickly and conveniently print out their documents on the fly.”
The kiosks have been installed in high-traffic areas throughout the airport and will be viewed by an average of 87,000 people per day, the company said. Four are in Terminal 1, four in Terminal 3.St. Joseph is, in addition to being one of Canada's largest printers and a communications and marketing company, is also owner and publisher of some of Canada’s leading consumer magazines, including Toronto Life and FASHION Magazine, though there is no indication that the kiosks would be useful or cost-effective to print out magazines on the spot.