Overview of Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.
Normally Cloud Print requires a computer that will act as the communication pathway between you and your targeted printer or a printer that can communicate directly on the internet. The system that we have implemented utilizes a piece of network level hardware that replaces the computer in the Cloud Print equation. This allows us to host a select number of Brehm, Inc. printers out as Cloud Printers.
Why it has been implemented
Cloud Printing has been implemented as part of the schools expanded rollout of mobile support that began 3 years ago. Over time mobile technology has improved to allow the Technology Department to expand support to more staff.
Another driving factor is the bring your own device (BYOD) deployment at the OPTIONS Program in the Summer of 2013. Adding Cloud Print to the services that are managed by the school to support the staff and students on the BYOD environment is a natural evolution of that program. The systems that we have implemented were released in the Spring of 2014 and are made by lantronix.com. These devices are available for home use.
Once fully deployed the Cloud Printers will be accessible from any internet connection in the world. Some printers are only accessible to Staff of Brehm, Inc. while other may be available to other authorized groups.
Finding Help with Cloud Print
The best place to start with Cloud Print issues with directly from the source. Google maintains an excellent set of Google Cloud Print Help Documents.
Policies regarding printing
Policies regarding printing remain unchanged. Any abuse of the Cloud Printing system will be addressed by School Administrators and Department Supervisors. Extended abuse may result in the loss of privileges to the Cloud Printing Environment and other disciplinary action.