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Canon U.S.A. Launches MEAP Web Platform and Software Developer Kit

  Canon U.S.A. Launches MEAP Web Platform and Software Developer Kit

  Web Services Platform Provides Developers With New Tools to Easily Create
Customized Applications for Canon MFPs and Enhance Customer Business Workflows

Business Wire

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- December 20, 2012

Canon 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 savings.

“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 business workflows.

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 MFP solutions.

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 business needs.

MEAP Web provides a variety of benefits for both customers and development
partners:

Customer Benefits

Customers will benefit from a rich user experience as this offering supports
HTML/XHTML, JavaScript, CSS and Flash applications in a 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.

Availability

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., sign up
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark
Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their
respective owners.

Contact:

Editorial Contacts:
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Siobhan Cullagh, 516-328-4602
scullagh@cusa.canon.com
or
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Michael Maloney, 516-328-4613
mmaloney@cusa.canon.com
or
Canon U.S.A. Website:
http://www.usa.canon.com
or
For sales info/customer support:
1-800-OK-CANON