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.