Integrating PrintReleaf with PrintFleet
PrintReleaf offers a software integration with PrintFleet to automatically and securely synchronize customer paper consumption data from your PrintFleet server to PrintReleaf.
On a nightly basis, PrintReleaf performs a data collection process that connects to your server via the PrintFleet Enterprise REST API. PrintReleaf retrieves and processes paper consumption metrics for each of your customers and deposits the data into the customer’s PrintReleaf account.
At the end of each month, PrintReleaf totals each customer’s paper consumption for that month, equates it to forest impact measured in trees, and issues a Certificate of Reforestation to the customer certifying that their paper consumption has been reforested.
Configuring the Integration
At a high-level, setup of the PrintReleaf/PrintFleet integration involves two parts:
- Registering your PrintFleet server in your PrintReleaf dashboard
- Connecting customer feeds to map your PrintFleet groups to their respective accounts in PrintReleaf
You will need the following PrintFleet credentials to register your server:
- URL: The web URL of your PrintFleet server.
- Username & Password: Login credentials for a user on your PrintFleet server. As a best practice, it is highly recommended you create a new user on your PrintFleet server specifically for the PrintReleaf integration.
To register your PrintFleet server in PrintReleaf, you provide the URL of your server and Username & Password credentials that PrintReleaf will use to connect to your PrintFleet server.
Once your PrintFleet server is registered in PrintReleaf, you can begin registering individual customer feeds that should be synchronized with your PrintFleet server. To register a customer feed, you supply the customer’s PrintFleet Group ID, Activation Date, and Sync Settings.
The PrintFleet Group ID is used by PrintReleaf to identify the matching customer in PrintFleet.
The Activation Date is the date PrintReleaf should begin synchronizing data for this customer; if it is set to a date in the past, PrintReleaf will automatically sync historical data back to that date.
In Sync Settings, you have the option to synchronize paper consumption from all of the customer’s devices, or only devices marked as ‘managed’.
For complete step-by-step configuration instructions, please view the PrintFleet Integration Setup Guide.
Data Collection & Flow
PrintReleaf’s data collectors will attempt to connect to your PrintFleet server on a nightly basis to retrieve and process customer paper consumption data. Individual customers are batched and synchronized one after another in a serial fashion.
The duration of a data collection is dependent on a number of factors, including current load on your PrintFleet server, the number of customers to be synchronized, and network latency due to geographic distance to your server. Most individual customer data collections finish in between 1 and 2 seconds.
Customer data only flows from PrintFleet to PrintReleaf; PrintReleaf never writes new data to your PrintFleet server.
PrintFleet Customer Data provided to PrintReleaf
PrintReleaf uses the PrintFleet Enterprise REST API to securely connect to your server to retrieve customer paper consumption data. When performing a customer data collection, PrintReleaf calls two API endpoints: Devices and Meters. Devices returns data about the management status of the device and Meters returns data about the current lifecount on the device meter. PrintReleaf synchronizes the meter data with its own database, calculates the daily deltas, and deposits the page counts to the customer’s account.
For a complete data specification of the PrintFleet Enterprise REST API, visit the documentation on your PrintFleet server. This is typically available on the /restapi URL of your server, for example: https://your-printfleet-server.com/restapi
PrintFleet device data fields stored by PrintReleaf:
- DeviceID: Unique identifier for this device supplied by PrintFleet
- Managed: Device management status
- InitialCount: The initial lifecount on the device recorded the first time it was synced with PrintReleaf
- LatestCount: The most recently recorded lifecount on the device PrintReleaf
- LifeCount: The number of pages since syncing with PrintReleaf (LatestCount–InitialCount)
PrintReleaf does not store any other data about the customer or their devices.
Integration Health Checks
PrintReleaf actively monitors the health of your PrintFleet integration on two levels: the server level and the feed level.
The server health check is performed by attempting to connect to your PrintFleet server using the credentials provided during registration. Failed attempts to connect will immediately mark the server as unhealthy and will pause customer data collection until the health check passes again.
At the individual feed level, PrintReleaf monitors the flow of inbound paper consumption data. If the feed has not received new data from PrintFleet in 3 business days, the feed is marked as unhealthy. This often indicates the DCA is stale. When a feed becomes healthy again, PrintReleaf automatically synchronizes data back in time to when the feed became unhealthy, ensuring paper consumption data is never missed.
In transit, all network traffic to and from PrintReleaf’s web servers, data collectors, and APIs is transmitted via HTTPS. HTTP requests are not permitted. At rest, sensitive data (e.g. server credentials) are encrypted using industry standard hashing functions and ciphers.
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