MELVILLE, N.Y., February 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Company has earned the Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) "2013 Solutions Line of the Year" award for its extensive portfolio of document imaging software. Additionally, Canon was recognized in several individual product categories, including Outstanding Output Management Solution for its uniFLOW v5.1 software, Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for its Quick Printing Tool, and Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for its Universal Login Manager.
The BLI Solutions Line of the Year award is a yearly recognition of the document imaging provider that offers the strongest and most comprehensive solutions portfolio across a range of software categories. After close evaluation, BLI determined that Canon has the most impressive solutions lineup overall of any original equipment manufacturer in the areas BLI Solutions Center covers, which include accounting/cost control and recovery, print management, document capture and workflow, document management, device management, mobile printing and security solutions.
"Canon is very pleased to have been recognized by BLI for our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. "We believe that tight integration of software is a critical component in addressing customer workflow challenges and delivering solutions that help lessen business process complexity, operating costs, and drive enhanced worker productivity."
"Customers are increasingly coming to rely on document imaging software solutions to streamline mission-critical business processes, increase the productivity of knowledge workers, and leverage their existing investment in imaging hardware," said Jamie Bsales, senior product editor for solutions at BLI. "Canon offers an unrivaled catalog of software products in the key areas that can make a real difference to a customer's document-centric processes."
In addition to receiving the overall Solutions Line of the Year award, the following Canon offerings were recognized by BLI to receive awards in their respective categories:
Canon uniFLOW v5.1 for "Outstanding Output Management Solution": Ideal for any size business, Canon's uniFLOW v5.1 software is designed to help save time and money by providing effective and streamlined control over an entire print and multifunction device fleet. With v5.1, users can submit or release their print jobs more securely using a smart phone or tablet, and the software can also provide detailed device information such as meter counts, toner levels, or error for efficient device management.
Canon Quick Printing Tool for "Outstanding Achievement in Innovation":As part of the imageRUNNER Advance Desktop, the Canon Quick Printing Tool is located on the user's PC desktop and displays an icon which, when moused over, converts to a "quick menu." Offering four shortcuts to the frequently used functions "Print," "Fax," "Convert to PDF," and "Print Preview," which accesses the Office Make-Ready/Binder area, users can drag-and-drop documents on one of these buttons to get instant access to that function.
Canon Universal Login Manager for "Outstanding Achievement in Innovation": The Canon Universal Login Manager (ULM) is a server-less application for imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices, which provides an easy and convenient solution for user authentication. Utilizing AMS (Access Management System), found on all imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices, ULM allows comprehensive control of access on a per-user basis, and is programmed with a simple user authentication that includes image login and proximity card login support. Delivering basic usage and cost reporting functionality, the ULM is ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses.
These recent awards from BLI follow December's news that Canon's line of multifunction devices featuring imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER ADVANCE models were named the Buyers Laboratory 2013 "Line of the Year for Energy Efficiency."
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI's web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI's unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI's test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers' literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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