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OMD Announces Availability of Meter Integration Program

12 Oct, 2004

OMD Announces Availability of Meter Integration Program

OMD Corporation announced the availability of an integrated and seamless meter read collection program. These products will integrate Sharp Digital IMAGER Advanced Document Systems with OMD Software facilitating faster, accurate and timely submissions of meter counts, providing the Sharp and OMD dealers with a more effective solution for meter collection.

Sharp is one of the first companies in the industry to integrate its office equipment products remote diagnostic capability with the software that the majority of dealerships use to manage their business. This new product allows Sharp Remote Email Diagnostics (R.E.D.) email notifications to be automatically processed into the OMD Software by a new product from Sharp called Sharp Device Manager. This will greatly benefit both Sharp customers and Sharp dealers; in particular, it will enable Sharp dealerships that utilize OMD’s software to achieve lower cost on meter read collection.

“Sharp is committed to providing our dealers with the best products to help deliver exceptional service and value to end users,” said Michael Marusic, Vice President, Marketing, Sharp Document Solutions Company of America (SDSCA). “To make it easier to track meter counts on IMAGER products, our Sharp Device Manage software tool can now directly send meter counts to the OMD software. We anticipate this new workflow will not only automate meter collection and streamline billing, but also help lower the total cost of ownership.”

Standard on networked Sharp MFPs, Sharp’s Administration Utility Suite features several remote diagnostic tools, from Sharp Printer Status Monitor for desktop, to Sharp Printer Administration Utility and Imager Home Page for network based management as well as Remote Email Diagnostics (R.E.D.), through which Sharp digital Imager’s automatically generate email notifications on either a scheduled or event driven basis.

It is this R.E.D email that is forwarded to the dealers web server and is captured by Sharp Device Manager. Once captured Sharp Device Manager transforms the email to a XML format and posts it to OMD iManager product, which in turn inputs the submitted meter read into the proper meter fields in the OMD Software System.

David Nagel Vice President Sales and Marketing for OMD, says, “These tools provided by both OMD and Sharp will automate the total meter read collection process. The meter read will be submitted electronically from the Sharp Imager product directly and seamlessly into the OMD Software System which will in turn generate a meter billing invoice without any operator intervention.”

You can reach OMD at (573) 893-8930 ext. 207 or visit OMD’s website at www.omdcorp.com

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