It is designed to let network applications control the MFP through bi-directional communication. This allows users to interact with business applications directly from the front panel of the MFP.
By bringing the point of customization closer to the customer, Sharp OSA enables Sharp, its channel members and partners to quickly bring solutions to market that tightly integrate Sharp MFPs with software applications. More importantly, it offers a degree of customization that allows Sharp MFPs to better address unique customer needs. This seamless integration promotes more streamlined customer workflows and business processes.
This flexibility transforms your MFP into a resource designed to evolve with your business. The Sharp OSA development platform allows developers to create custom applications that are specific to your organization’s routine processes and procedures. With a Sharp OSA-enabled Digital IMAGER™ you can start and finish a task directly at the MFP, no need to return to your desktop which can drastically reduce your ordinary document workflow and increase efficiency.
To support and foster development, Sharp OSA is complemented by the Sharp Partner Program. Completely modular, this flexible program consists of four separate elements that can be grouped into virtually any combination. Each is intended to support our partners in the various stages of the development life cycle, and as such, offer a unique set of benefits.
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Sharp OSA is a client/server-based architecture that allows network applications to communicate with the MFP and remotely control MFP functions and operation panel screens. All application code runs on the network server. Communication is divided into two channels: a UI channel and a web service1 channel.
As shown in Figure 1 above, the UI channel uses XHTML2 messages over an HTTP connection to define custom UI screens and receive user input. The web service channel utilizes XML3/SOAP4 messages for applications to control device functions and receive event notifications.
Inherent in Sharp OSA’s web service architecture are certain advantages, they include:
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