CANADA. Toronto Pearson International Airport has been chosen as the location for what is being described as the world’s first self-service public print kiosk. It offers consumers the ability to print directly from their smartphones and tablets.

St. Joseph Communications, with support from HP and PrinterOn has announced that Toronto Pearson International Airport is the location for the public debut of the ePrintit Kiosks. A total of eight kiosks have been installed in high-traffic areas throughout the airport and will be viewed by an average of 87,000 people per day.

“More than 19% of the world’s cell phones are smartphones and this is expected to reach 50% by Christmas,” said St. Joseph Communications Executive Chairman and CEO Tony Gagliano. “With the introduction of the ePrintit Kiosk, hundreds of millions of smartphone users worldwide can now quickly and conveniently print out their documents on the fly.”

The ePrintit Kiosks allow consumers to print reports, presentations, photos, and more by downloading the HP ePrint service app to their smartphones. The Kiosks can also be securely emailed and can print from any memory device.

They are equipped with St. Joseph’s proprietary developed monitoring software, a HP colour laser printer, a Citizen dye-sublimation photo printer, online video camera, and 42″ digital signage. The Kiosks also provide a North America-wide directory of all restaurants, hotels, attractions, and theatres and will print out maps to the locations as well as general mapping and driving directions for any location.

“Mobile printing is not just the ability to print from a mobile device but also the ability to print when you are truly mobile – wherever life and business happens,” said HP Director Managed Enterprise Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group Sridhar Solur. “Printer ubiquity is an absolute must to enable mobile printing and St. Joseph Communications is a strategic partner to build this network.”

“Toronto Pearson is excited about the partnership with St. Joseph Communications that is allowing us to deliver more innovative services to our guests at the airport,” added Greater Toronto Airports Authority Senior Manager of Advertising and Partnerships Sergio Pulla. “We are always looking for new ways to delight our guests and we believe that mobile printing kiosks will allow business travellers to use the airport as an extension of their home and office as they wait for their flight.”