Pharos Terminology

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Authentication Method

Defines how the user’s credentials are validated, e.g. against Active Directory or a local user account.


Beacon is our multi-vendor print management platform in the cloud that gives customers a complete view of their print environment, on demand. Beacon comprises Fleet Manager and Print Analytics, two integrated but separately licensed products.

Blueprint Administrator

The application used for configuring, maintaining, and viewing the print tracking and data collection process. This program is installed on the Analyst and all Collectors. This is also the term used to identify the individual who maintains the Blueprint installation.

Blueprint Analyst

The Analyst server is the repository of all data collected by the Blueprint system and is the single point from which all system-wide configuration settings are made.

Blueprint Collector

A Collector server collects print job data from the Print Scouts and forwards them to the Analyst. In a SRH environment, it detects when a print job is bound for a secure device and stores the job at rest until the job owner authenticates and releases the document(s).

Secure Release Here®

An optional feature of Uniprint® and Pharos Blueprint® that creates a secure pull printing environment. Print jobs are encrypted and held at rest in a virtual queue and released when the print job owner authenticates at the device and releases the document. This is licensed separately from Blueprint Enterprise. 

Toner Savings

A component of Blueprint Enterprise that reduces the amount of toner used to print a document. This is installed and licensed separately. The Toner Savings application is licensed from Preton.

Print Scout

The Print Scout is installed on all workstations and/or Windows print servers to track jobs as they are submitted by users. The Print Scout also enables print policy enforcement at the workstation level and allows users to manage their print queue from the desktop.

Data Feeds

Third-party data sets that are imported into the Analyst tool and consolidated with print transactions from the Print Scout and Collector. Examples include HR and budget center information.

Departmental Chargeback

Blueprint allows customers to track printing costs by department or budget centers, which makes it easier to manage the accounting of printing charges across the organization.


Pharos software that’s installed directly on multi-function devices to enable Secure Release Here functionality. The iMFP software integrates with the device’s user interface.


Sentry products secure print devices in a Secure Release Here environment. The Sentry SR25 is a small devices that attaches to single-function printers, and the Sentry SE35 is embedded in multi-function devices, similar to our iMFP products.

Informed Print

Notifies Uniprint users of the cost of their print job prior to output and allows them to cancel the print request, if desired. Also notifies the user of potential ways to reduce costs.

MFD (Multi-function Device)

The standard industry term for any device that has several office functions, including printing, copying and scanning.

Pharos Billing Gateway

The billing gateway allows users to access the funds in their billing service account to pay for their printing and copying activities, or reservations within the Pharos environment.

Pharos Customer Service Kiosk

Hardware used to add funds to online accounts in the Pharos database and/or create guest accounts with a pin. Users can also print receipts of their transaction(s).


Enables users to print from a mobile device to a Pharos-managed printer or MFD. Secure Release Here® must be installed. This is licensed separately from Uniprint and Blueprint.


Part of the Pharos Uniprint® Solution, this allows copy activity to be tracked and charged. This is licensed separately.

Omega PS200

A touchscreen device that attaches to printers/MFDs that allows users to release their print and copy jobs.


A computer reservation system that automates the administrative and enforcement roles required for public access computers. Users specify the time on an electronic calendar they want to use the workstation. This is licensed separately.


An industry term for a print management solution that charges individuals for their printing at the time of the transaction. This is typical in higher education institutions; Uniprint is our pay-for-print solution.

Policy Print™

A feature of Blueprint Enterprise that allows organizations to enforce printing policies at the workstation level. When users print jobs that do not comply with one or more policies, a customizable message appears, usually informing them about the policy and suggesting more cost-effective alternatives.

Preton Coordinator

The server component of the Preton application that we call Toner Savings. For customers who license our Toner Savings application, the Preton Coordinator is installed on Blueprint Collector servers.

Preton Saver Client

This is the client component of the Preton application (Toner Savings).

Print and Copy Accounting

An industry term for the tracking and accounting of print and copy activity in an organization.

Print Center

Print Center provides a web-based interface for users to view and manage their print queue, view their printing history, and in a Uniprint environment, add funds to an account. Print Center integrates with Blueprint, MobilePrint, and Uniprint.

Site Monitor

A component of Blueprint Enterprise that collects networked device data (such as serial number, make/model, and meter reads).

Terminal / Network Terminal

This is a term commonly used to describe either hardware (Sentry or Omega) or software (Sentry or iMFP) to enable secure pull print and/or pay-for-print functionality.

Third-party Charging

A component of the Uniprint® Suite and Off-The-Glass® that allows customers to assign the cost of print and copy jobs to a particular department, budget center, grant number, etc. This requires a network terminal that supports cost center billing.