We are pleased to announce the latest update to the Pharos Beacon cloud platform!
New features in this update
There are several improvements and new features in this update, including a new light workstation client that enables users to manage their secure print queue, and new QR code label options for a more customized mobile printing experience for Sentry Print Services customers.
New Document Management Tool
To minimize the amount of time users may need to spend at the printer, we’ve introduced a light HTML-based Document Management tool (shown here). This is part of the Print Scout that runs on workstations to enable user-level analytics and secure print workflows. With this tool, users can easily delete unnecessary print jobs from their queue before they walk up to a printer to release their documents. For more information on this feature: Document Management Tool
High-Resolution Device Support
Sentry Print Services now supports the new high-resolution devices from HP, enabling IT administrators to quickly secure these devices from the web interface.
Custom QR Code Labels
With Sentry Print Services, you can enable secure print release using the Pharos mobile app. Employees simply walk up and use the app to scan the QR code on their preferred printer. This popular workflow allows people to securely release and collect their documents quickly, without having to interact with the device interface. Administrators can now customize the content that appears on the QR code labels, which are affixed to printers to enable secure mobile release. Administrators can also set the orientation of the label and save multiple custom label templates, as shown here. (Click to enlarge.)
For more information about custom QR code labels, go here: Sentry Print Settings
PCL6 Driver Support *Beta*
Print users can now modify job options at the printer if the IT administrator has manually configured the print queue with a PCL6 driver. This will enable customers to use the latest A3 devices and maintain the same feature functionality that users expect to see at the device. You can find more information on this feature here: Changing the default print driver to HP Universal Print Driver PCL6.
Support for Non-domain Macs
With this update, you can connect non-domain Mac computers to Sentry Print Services by downloading and installing a new version of the Print Scout. This will enable users to print to the same Secure Print queue as they do on any Windows device and release those documents at the printer. You can find more information about this feature here: Connecting non-domain Mac computers to Sentry Print
Other Updates and Improvements
This release also provides minor bug fixes and improvements, including more efficient routing of job traffic when using a web proxy.
Fleet Manager Report API Service
An application programming interface (API) is now available for customers to automate the extraction of their fleet volume data to use off-system. New volume data is available on a nightly basis and can be exported to common analytics tools like MS Power BI, Curl, and PowerShell. If you would like more information about the Fleet Manager API, please contact email@example.com.
Component Release Versions:
Web Client Software
Print Scout (Windows)
Print Scout (Mac)
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