Wireless printing stations replace Debitek cards
Nineteen wireless printing stations have been installed on-campus to allow cheaper and more convenient printing.
The new WEPA (Wireless Everywhere. Print Anywhere) printers are touch-screen, cloud-printing stations that allow students to print wirelessly or use a USB flash drive. Previously, students had to purchase a Debitek printing card using cash and then find an on-campus printer to use it at.
Junior Sam Faria recently used a WEPA printing station and said he liked the new system.
“It’s really easy,” Faria said. “It’s also great that I don’t have to worry about finding my print card anymore and refilling it.”
Students can now print pages at the individual stations by downloading the WEPA print drive or uploading their files to the WEPA printing cloud on the WEPA website by computer or through an app for mobile devices.
The new printing stations, unlike the printers in the old system, allow students to pay for their printed pages with their OneCard, credit/debit cards or WEPA print cards.
“The No. 1 objective was convenience for students,” Supervisor of Student Computing Services Jeffrey Koerber said in an email.
Students can print color pages at the station for 59 cents per page compared to the $1 charge last semester. Koerber said that few students used color pages last semester under the old system, so the price was brought down to make it more reasonable for students. Black and white prints are still 10 cents per page.
Koerber said that with the old system, the University could only provide printers to Cook Library and a few other buildings. Now the printing stations are in a dozen different buildings including Cook Library, Enrollment Services, Glen Dining Hall, the Liberal Arts building, Linthicum Hall, Towson City Center, Stephens Hall, Towson Center, Towson Run, University Union, Van Bokkelen Hall and West Village Commons.
In addition to being convenient for students, the new stations are also good for the University as it solves some of the problems from the previous system, Koerber said. In the old system, the “Cash-to-Card” machines, that provided the printing cards to students, only accepted cash and although students found on-campus printers in several buildings, the “Cash-to-Card” machines could only be found in the library, which was really inconvenient for students.
The old system also prevented guests of the University from printing because the printers required access to a University computer and only students with a Towson login are allowed to access the computers.
The new stations are also much easier for the University to maintain, Koerber said. The old system required a computer and a printer that the University supported and maintained, but the new printers are provided and repaired by WEPA. The University is only responsible for providing an Internet connection, routine maintenance and refilling the machines with paper and toner provided by WEPA.
Junior Daniel Grundei said he thought the new system was a great idea but all he wanted was the ability to print easily regardless of the new features.
“I’ll definitely use it because I have to print on-campus,” Grundei said. “But I think you’ve got to get used to it first.”
Students can still use their old print cards to make copies in the Cook Library on the first floor until Aug. 28, after which the old system will no longer exist.