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Integration of Document Scan, Storage and Print

3 Jul, 2006 By: Tetsuo Kubo imageSource

Integration of Document Scan, Storage and Print

In May of 1998, JBMIA (Japan Business Machine and Information System
Industries Association) set up the JBMIA Project for the OA Systems committee
with the objective of providing an integrated interface specification (BMLinkS).
Based on the "Connect, Find, Get" slogan, the committee started activities to
improve connectivity between OA appliances as well as data exchange on networks.
With each phase consisting of two years, a number of measures were taken to
prepare and work on standardized specifications and product launch.

On May 23, 2006, Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries
Association (JBMIA) announced the completion of software to realize Scan
services and Storage services based on BMLinkS specifications which have been
set by JBMIA standards. "BMLinkS Project Committee" consisted of 16 member
companies including Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, Oki Data, Ricoh, Sharp and
Toshiba Tec, to promote the BMLinkS specifications. Print service already in
practical use is now supported on more than 170 BMLinkS authentication MFPs and

The enhanced multi-vendor integration functionalities realize fundamental
document distribution such as network printing, scan, and storage under a
seamless environment for the users adopting multi-vendor office equipment.

Also, people who travel with mobile PCs can carry out network storage,
network and security printing in the different vendor equipment environments.
When traveling without a PC, it is possible to perform network storage in a
company’s server and make network copies and network printing in the different
vendor equipment environment.

Newly developed are two common software products due out this summer, and an
authentication tool that authenticates equipment for the BMLinkS Logo is
scheduled to be completed in the fall.

With the enhanced BMLinkS functionalities, the "key" will equip the MFPs and
printers to be introduced from now on. By pushing this key, users can easily
select functionalities from four buttons: network storage, network copy, network
printing, and security printing.

With this, the document distribution infrastructure environment is ready to
allow users to scan, store and print both electronic and paper based documents
with common operation from any vendor’s office equipment that has BMLinkS
functionalities. Such fundamental applications as "Connect", "Find" and "Get"
between multiple vendor equipment have been accomplished at a high level for
integrated use. Each vendor will create their own uniqueness, based on this
common environment, establishing easy to use solutions like high level security
or document handling customized for user needs.

The new common software products to be released this summer are as follows:

BMLinkS Storage Service -- Scanned data supporting BMLinkS Scan services can be
stored in a PC folder as a BMLinkS document (network storage function). Users
can easily designate the stored folder using BMLinkS Discovery function. Also,
from the equipment supporting BMLinkS Storage services, users can discover the
PC that stores the document and print or read the document from the stored
folder (network printing function). With authentication functions using the user
name and password method and SSL communication supported, both functions can be
used for outside ad-hoc work without anxiety.

BMLinkS Document Viewer -- Users can view the BMLinkS document easily and
conveniently. Supporting both B & W and color documents, these can be pasted to
a variety of electronic office documents utilizing Windows’ cut & paste

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