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Lexmark signs printer deal with FAA

June 25, 2012

The OEM and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have agreed a five-year contract to supply printing technology to the aerospace agency.

The five-year contract is worth $21 million (€16 million), and gives Lexmark the position of “sole provider of printing technology” to the FAA, which administers and controls the passage of planes across the United States of America.

As part of the deal, Lexmark will use its MPS system to “optimize heavily distributed printing environments” and in turn “bring greater efficiency, user productivity and cost reductions” to over 900 FAA locations across the United States. Other agencies affiliated with the US Department of Transportation will also be able to partake in the contract if they choose to.

The OEM’s technology will also aim to support the FAA’s “stringent” confidentiality requirements, including printing and scanning security, with an aim to give the FAA “greater control” over the printing, copying and scanning of documents through the use of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. This system is integrated into Lexmark’s printers for ease of use and set-up.

Lexmark’s Markvision Enterprise fleet management software tool, which is web-based, will also be available to the FAA to give it “increased visibility” of its printer fleet, and allows administrators to monitor all printer use from one central location “in order to collect valuable information and troubleshoot devices effectively to minimize downtime”.

Marty Canning, Lexmark’s Executive Vice President and President of Imaging Solutions and Services, stated: “Lexmark is a leading provider of printing solutions in the federal arena because we intimately understand the industry and have expertise in effectively managing today’s distributed environments.

“Our high-value solutions and innovative products will enable the FAA to optimize a cost-effective output infrastructure across hundreds of locations.”

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