Our hard-wired model with multi-platform Bluetooth connectivityView
Our hard-wired model with dedicated Bluetooth connectivity for Apple iOSView
Our mains powered mini printer with multi-platform Bluetooth connectivityView
Our mains powered mini printer with Bluetooth connectivity for Apple iOSView
A major UK police force collaborated with Able Systems to provide 3,000 mobile printers for its cohort of officers to use with a variety of smart devices.
The need for mobile printing solutions was required, especially by those officers working on ‘the beat’, for incidents where immediate penalty notices needed to be printed on official documentation. Using Bluetooth connectivity, the new printing solution connects to smartphones and tablets to produce tickets or leaflets such as conditional offer fixed penalty tickets for RTA offences or anti-social behavioural orders. The weight of the smart device and printer is less than that of the previous books and forms officers would have to carry.
Able System’s engineering team worked closely with the force’s security teams to ensure the highest levels of data protection were maintained, ‘Undiscoverable’ modes and 8-digit pin access numbers were installed, ensuring that standards defined by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) were met at all times.
How do Bluetooth Printers Work?
Bluetooth printers operate via wireless technology that can be configured to operate across iOS, Android & Windows devices. These systems transmit data using low-powered radio signals at 2.4GHz. The less powerful class can send signals to devices up to ten metres away while the stronger class can reach devices up to 100 metres.
What are the benefits of Bluetooth printers?
Bluetooth technology means hands-free use, reducing the chances of potential trip and slip hazards around wiring and cabling. Wireless printers are also highly portable, with users able to attach the devices to items of clothing such as belts for ease of access. With a Bluetooth network, print jobs from multiple devices can be configured and accessed, allowing users to create their very own home network.
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is also becoming an increasingly popular option for devices within businesses and features in some of our existing printers (the Ap1600 and Ap1600U). Utilising BLE can increase a product’s battery life, reduce costs and improve accuracy – this is a better option for transactions such as receipt and label printing which requires exchanging smaller amounts of data.
Tips on using Bluetooth printers
While ease of connectivity is one of the hallmarks of Bluetooth printers, it is important to be aware of security issues. It’s important to always set passwords for any Bluetooth network you have set up to grant access only to authorised users, reducing the chances of sensitive information being potentially lost or shared unlawfully.
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