HP launches DesignJet T1700 printer

HP is introducing the HP DesignJet T1700, which it claims to be the world’s most secure large format printer for geographic information system (GIS) mapping.

HP says the new 44 inch printer for computer aided design (CAD) and GIS workgroups is able to produce highly accurate documents and maps with powerful processing and a new level of security.

The compnay claims new added features such as a self-encrypting hard drive on the device only readable by the printer itself, will protect printers and data from unauthorised or malicious access. Other features HP says will add to security include HP Secure Boot to give BIOS protection and Whitelisting, which only allows approved firmware to be installed and operated on the device. The Whitelisting feature will be available around the middle of the year.

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Guayente Sanmartin, general manager and global head, HP Large Format Design Printing at HP says “Security is a top concern in enterprises today as connected devices and increasingly open office spaces are pervasive. At the same time, data breaches are growing at an alarming pace. In the first half of last year, the worldwide breach level index was up more than 160 per cent.

“The HP DesignJet T1700 Printer Series includes unique advanced security technologies designed to keep corporate network printers, their documents and data protected.”

HP says to process the constant growth of GIS files in their complexity and data, the device will have a new processing structure using a 500 GB hard disk. The company also claims the T1700 is the first workgroup large format printer to embed the Adobe PDF Print Engine, allowing it to efficiently handle heavy files.

The DesignJet T1700 is said to have improved colour quality and precision for more accurate maps and renderings. HP says its new set of six HP Bright Office Inks with tuned colors profiles and a High Density Printhead deliver bold colour and accurate image quality, in addition to more precise colours, including gray and soft tones.

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