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Canon U.S.A. ANd Barr Systems Sign Meap Licensing Agreement For A Print Release, Accounting And Document Workflow Solution


Canon U.S.A., Inc., and Barr Systems, LLC, today announced that Barr Systems will license Canon’s innovative Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP) Software Developers Kit. Using the MEAP SDK, Barr will design and develop an interface between the Barr print server software and Canon imageRUNNER MFP devices to facilitate secure printing, input to user-defined Barr print server processes, and device resource accounting. The agreement and subsequent development will help customers leverage the power and investment of their Barr applications while providing information security and cost accounting tools.

Barr Systems’ innovative connectivity products include the Barr Enterprise Print Server (BEPS), a Windows-based input/output manager designed to receive data from multiple sources and distribute print and data to multiple destinations. This solution can help businesses automate and control print and document output across an enterprise, facilitating connections to IBM mainframes, AS/400s, TCP/IP hosts, and network applications. The MEAP development will allow businesses to leverage their imageRUNNER devices by securely accessing data via their local Canon MFP. This local access will speed data availability to end users, and complement traditional high-speed data center print solutions.

“The MEAP enabled print release solution from Barr Systems will afford users a number of features and benefits not available when using production printers alone,” said Dennis Amorosano, director and general manager, Solutions Business Development Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new embedded application is another example of how Canon and its partners can enhance workflow through the industry- leading MEAP technology, by both enhancing productivity for the end-user and bringing businesses more complete solutions.”

“We are pleased to be able to leverage Canon’s MEAP technology to deliver new solutions for our customers’ needs,” said Gabriel Schwartzman, CEO, Barr Systems. “MEAP will enable us to deliver on a customer demand for giving users more flexible printing options, while also tracking costs and improving document workflow.”

Canon was the first manufacturer in the industry to launch an MFP software development platform in 2003. The Java-based MEAP development environment provides a platform for the creation of unique applications, simplifying the interaction between users and Canon’s devices, while tying tightly into a user’s specific workflow. Since the introduction of MEAP, Canon has been working with third-party software vendors, customers and dealers to develop customized document workflow tasks on Canon imageRUNNER MFPs. MEAP based applications are currently in use by organizations in the legal, hospitality, education and healthcare markets.


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