MIT uses print-reduction software developed by own student

Printer manufacturers such as Xerox and HP now offer comprehensive print-management services to their customers along with hardware, with the goal of reducing printing costs. Yet the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has declined these services in favor of a solution proffered by one of its students, reports. The university has integrated Virebo software, the creation of medical engineering doctoral candidate Joseph Barillari, across the campus to regulate its printing output. Barillari told that he devised the print-management software and founded a startup company during a year’s break from his studies. He created Virebo to monitor the output of a printer network to improve its efficiency. The software includes a web-based interface with quickly interpretable data displays. The software went live across the university last October. Barillari intends to make the software available for other customers to download for a fee, with a simplified version freely available. He estimates that the software’s final version will be able to cut 15 percent to 30 percent from the cost of printing

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