Sharp and Equitrac Announce Equitrac Embedded Solution for Sharp OSA™ Multi-Function Peripherals

AIIM-ON/DEMAND CONFERENCE & EXPO, Boston, MA, March 4, 2008 -Equitrac Corporation and Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) announced today the integration of Equitrac's award-winning print management and cost-control solutions with Sharp OSATM-enabled multifunctional peripherals (MFPs).Announced here today at the annual AIIM-On Demand Conference & Exhibition, the integration of Equitrac Office® 4 and Equitrac Express® 4 solutions with Sharp OSATM-enabled devices will provide users of Sharp MFPs in the general office, enterprise and education environments with embedded front-panel access to popular Equitrac document tracking and cost management features, including Secure Print Release and Follow-You PrintingTM.



Equitrac Embedded for Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs provides IT managers in enterprise, office and educational environments with flexible authentication and authorization capability, and the tools they need for accurate tracking of all document activities, including printing, copying, faxing and scanning. This advanced solution captures the number of pages, size, color and other job attributes, and designation of the desired output destination for all documents.


It also enables highly efficient cost-saving rules implementation and management, including color quota enforcement and output rules for copying, as well as centralized and easy application and management of account limits for all printing and copying functions.



"Equitrac is very pleased to announce this integration of Equitrac solutions with Sharp OSATM-enabled MFPs, giving Sharp customers front-panel access to the award-winning features of Equitrac Office for enterprise users and Equitrac Express for the education environment," said Michael Rich, CEO, Equitrac. "Equitrac's integration with Sharp OSATM-enabled MFPs provides customers a highly secure and scalable solution for document tracking and cost management in offices, enterprises and educational institutions of all sizes."



"Equitrac is leveraging the open, flexible development capabilities of Sharp OSATM to create personalized document tracking and cost-recovery solutions for Sharp MFPs," said Tom Davis, Vice President Marketing Applications Development, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "This enables improved workflow, document accounting efficiency and cost control for the many enterprise and education customers of Sharp multi-function peripherals,"



Sharp OSATM is a development platform that turns an MFP into a gateway for document-based business communications by integrating the device with network-based applications. It allows businesses to connect their MFPs with a wide range of enterprise applications, including document management applications, reporting functions and programs developed internally. The result is a truly customizable MFP that can be designed to meet virtually any business need.



Users of Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs with Equitrac can be certain of a more complete document security through Equitrac Secure Print Release, which enables the use of an access control card, PIN or network credentials for the secure release of documents from the print queue at a selected device after authentication. If one printer is undergoing maintenance, the job can be rerouted to any other available device using a centrally managed print server, with Equitrac's Follow-You Printing enabling employees to release documents after authentication at the printer of their choice.



Sharp OSATM-enabled Equitrac solutions for MFPs in the office, enterprise and educational environments are fully integrated with the Equitrac Office/Express Device Control Engine (DCE) to manage authentication, enable Follow-You Printing and collect usage data from the Sharp OSA-enabled MFPs.



More information about the integration of Equitrac Office 4 and Equitrac Express 4 with Sharp OSATM technology is available online at: www.equitrac.com.



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About Equitrac


Equitrac Corporation is the world leader in intelligent cost recovery and print management solutions. Backed by an unmatched R&D program and the largest team of cost-recovery experts in the world, Equitrac enjoys preferred technology partnerships with the world's leading providers of hardware and software solutions for the office environment. From the Fortune Global 100 to college campuses, within the AMLAW 200 and in municipalities across the globe, Equitrac solutions are at work helping organizations recover costs, reduce waste, increase returns and maximize efficiency in printers, copiers and multifunction devices. For more information visit: www.equitrac.com.



About Sharp



Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-BitTM digital audio products, SharpVision® projection products, Insight® Microwave Drawer® appliances, and Notevision® multimedia projectors. For more information visit Sharp Electronics Corporation at www.sharpusa.com.



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