We have not placed a solution like this and are a little unsure as to what might work.
Here are the specifics.
What they want is a stand alone station that will process debit or credit, preferably not hosted on site, and this is big "You can input and print from USB via a thumb drive."
They would like the ability for anyone, student non student, to walk up and be able to print on demand.
Now, they understand that is almost impossible, but some professors are now requiring that all work be submitted in electronic form. They are looking for a system that will be in 3-4 maybe more locations to serve simple printing needs on demand. They are open for any solutions that may be available.
Here are the limitations.
They are not looking for a huge back end system. They do not want to manage it at all. Which would include firmware or just simple updates and the software. It can not be on their accounting system if at all possible. Too much programing will be involved.
We would provide and maintain the equipment under a maintenance agreement.
A good example that I thought of was vending machines. On the Soda machines you have the option to swipe your card (CC,DB) to purchase a drink. It uses wireless signals, that would be behind their Firewall for security, and relays the information to a site that processes the order. If we could somehow tie that into a USB device and plug it in as a KEY CARD I think it would be great.
I am going to research this more of course, but I also wanted to put a post on Print4Pay and see if anyone else has done a solution similar to this.
Has anyone heard of Go To Print?
Thanks for your input or suggestions.