|[December 20, 2012]
Canon U.S.A. Launches MEAP Web Platform and Software Developer Kit
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Canon (News - Alert) U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today
announced the release of the MEAP Web Software Developer Kit (SDK) for
its MEAP (Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform) enabled
imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs. Expanding upon the existing MEAP platform,
MEAP Web provides a web-based services architecture that can be deployed
in a typical client-server infrastructure.
The new offering equips development partners with the ability to create
customized applications connecting Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE MFPs to
business applications and business process workflows by communicating
through standard web services and HTML protocols. As the new MEAP Web
platform greatly enhances a variety of business processes, customers can
achieve better workflow efficiency while experiencing an overall cost
"With MEAP Web, our valued partners now have the tools to create
customized MFP solutions in less time and with fewer resources, helping
them better meet their needs," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and
general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon
U.S.A. "By implementing new workflow solutions and offering consistent
functionality across their entire fleet, customers can realize a better
return on their Canon MFP platform investments."
The introduction of MEAP in 2003 was a major development for the print
industry, as it provided developers the opportunity to integrate their
software solutions with Canon's imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices. As MEAP
technology matured and the adoption of MEAP embedded software
flourished, Canon enhanced the imageRUNNER ADVANCE platform to meet the
demanding challenges of the modern business environment and allow for
deeper integration with day to day business applications and intensive
As part of Canon's commitment to furthering the innovation of the MEAP
platform, such as improving upon the smart MFP, Canon is offering the
MEAP Web SDK to development partners who can now use MEAP Web to meet
the needs of the new modern office paradigm. MEAP Web is a complete open
platform capable of being used to freely develop and distribute custom
Built upon web services and a client-server architecture, applications
developed utilizing Canon's MEAP Web platform offer easy integration to
customer web-based applications and services while lessening the time
associated with traditional MFP application development and deployment.
MEAP Web communicates through standard web services and HTML protocols,
creating an opportunity for developers and organizations of all sizes to
produce specific and efficient solutions for their individual market or
MEAP Web provides a variety of benefits for both customers and
Customers will benefit from a rich user experience as this offering
built-in web browser, flexible UI capabilities and an intuitive
interface. MEAP Web is an ideal tool for customers with in-house
development resources desiring to tightly integrate their MFP technology
with internal business applications and workflow with relative ease.
Development Partner Benefits
Development partners will gain access to an additional toolkit for
developing applications on Canon's MFP platform (in addition to embedded
MEAP). Development partners will find that MEAP Web provides an
additional avenue for application development which in many instances
will permit them to take advantage of common web services development
and quicker time to market.
As MEAP Web uses standard web services technologies, applications can be
developed through existing skill sets - saving time and resources
traditionally dedicated to training. With MEAP Web, development partners
can easily and readily integrate imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices into
web-based enterprise applications and workflows.
Canon's MEAP Web SDK is available to development partners enrolled in
Canon's Developer Support Program. Those interested in MEAP Web for
either commercial or in-house development can submit a request for more
information and enroll in Canon's Developer Support Program by visiting
Canon's Developer Relations website at http://www.developersupport.canon.com.
Additionally, development partners can use the Developer Relations
website for all support related questions
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011†
and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2012.
In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award
for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories
for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two
years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer
service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A.
is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A.,
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All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
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