Brisbane-based Softlog Systems has become an independent developer of software applications for Canon's Multifunctional Embedded Application Platform (MEAP).
The developer - which already works with other printer companies including Lexmark - typically develops Windows-based software to track costs associated with printing, copying, faxing, scanning and other functions. It does this by allowing users to allocate them to specific departments, clients or projects.
Softlog is currently building a MEAP version of its flagship product, softlog.enterprise. It differs from the developer's usual offering because it can be embedded into a Canon multifunction device requiring no external hardware to operate.
"MEAP allows us to develop embedded solutions running inside the Canon equipment," Softlog technical director, Derek Farrell, said. "This removes the need for any additional equipment or PCs, which would normally be attached to the Canon equipment."
Although its work for Canon was new, Farrell said it hadn't halted work on other versions of softlog.enterprise.
"MEAP is an important part of our commitment to deliver the best possible solutions to our customers but, as a platform, it cannot address all our needs because it is unique to the Canon environment," he said.
The first version of softlog.enterprise to use MEAP is expected to be available this quarter through Softlog and its Australian distributor, Recovery Systems in WA and SA.
The developer is also negotiating to sell the solution through international distributors, starting with the New Zealand and South-East Asian markets.
Canon launched MEAP in its imageRUNNER multifunction devices back in April 2005. The vendor has estimated all devices in the range that are faster than 20 pages per minute will be MEAP-enabled by Q2 2006.