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Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to know more about MEAP technology or how MEAP can benefit your organisation, this section gives some answers to some of the most common questions.

What does MEAP stand for?

MEAP is the acronym for Multi-functional Embedded Application Platform.

What is MEAP?

MEAP is an applications development platform that allows the creation of embedded applications for Canon's multi-functional peripheral devices (MFP's). Custom applications can be created to execute on the devise itself. Developers can create JAVA applications that can then be installed and run on the MEAP-enabled MFP's.

What is a Multi-functional Peripheral Device (MFP)?

A multi-functional peripheral device (MFP) is a networked device that prints, copies, scans and faxes. In addition, Canon MFP's have "mailboxes" on the device in which users can store document images.

What Platform is MEAP?

MEAP runs on JAVA J2ME by Sun Microsystems.

What devices are MEAP-enabled?

All Canon networked iR devices are MEAP-enabled.

What if I simply don't want MEAP on my device?

Without the MEAP applications the embedded JAVA platform is invisible to the user, and does not impact in any way on the functionality of the device. However, should you decide in the future you would like to install a MEAP application or maybe even customise areas of the device to your business, this can be done even once you have the devices in place on your network.

What are the benefits of MEAP?

There are a number of key benefits of MEAP that will provide real added value to your business:
  • Integration - Because the software applications will be developed specifically for MEAP they will be designed to integrate seamlessly into the core functions of the Canon device.
  • Cost Saving - Previously companies have had to purchase separate PC, Servers and/or peripheral hardware to run software applications. Because the MEAP software applications are designed to be installed directly onto the embedded JAVA platform that is core to the MEAP technology, this eliminates the need for costly external hardware.
  • Customisation - Applications can be developed to enhance business workflow within your industry, or specifically designed to fit the needs of your company. Thus MEAP allows the potential for the Canon device to be customised to fit your business. The MEAP device really can be 'anything you want it to be'.
  • Future Proofing - The JAVA platform brings a level of flexibility to your MAP not seen before. This means that if your business and workflow changes in the future you can simply change your device through the addition of MEAP applications to meet your new needs.

How many MEAP applications can be installed on one iR device?

There is a maximum of 20 applications that can be installed, however only 9 can have user interface content.

Can external devices be connected to a MEAP device and controlled via a MEAP application?

Yes, via a USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface option.

How are MEAP applications developed?

A MEAP developer codes and compiles a MEAP application (translates the JAVA code into byte code) using any JAVA development tool. The compiled applications is then installed on the MEAP device using an installation tool provided with the MEAP platform.

What can a MEAP application do?

MEAP applications can do many things including, but not limited to, the following;
  • Control device functions (print, copy, scan, fax, mailboxes)
  • Get/set device settings
  • Display a user interface on the device console
  • Control device hard key
  • Display a user interface on a remote web browser
  • Networking functions
  • Data encryption
MEAP has the potential to be anything you want it to be and Canon has the technology to incorporate all types of diverse applications.

Can an existing device be MEAP enabled?

Unfortunately, existing devices cannot be retrofitted with MEAP.

Canon's new devices are 'no longer just copiers'. Is Canon turning its back on our traditional core business?

It has been a gradual evolution from the Analogue Copier to the Digital MFP with the wealth of intelligent features and MEAP technology. Business processes have also changed and diversified beyond recognition and there is no longer a panacea such as the 'copier' once was. In order to continue to meet our customer growing requirements we have built on our core business and been proactive in developing our technologies, skill sets and services making us a world leader in innovative business solutions.


How can I find out more about the MEAP development platform?

Please visit (a dedicated section on MEAP and the Business Solutions Developer Programme can be found here).

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