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Sharp Open Systems Architecture (OSA)


           Best Development Platform

Sharp Open Systems Architecture (Sharp OAS) opens the door to a broad array of value-added functionality. By bringing the power of customization closer to the customer; this versatile development platform adds incredible flexibility to Sharp's awarding winning line of MFPs.

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 you, the end user, Sharp OSA enables Sharp, 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 your unique 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.


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.

Figure 1. Dual-communication channels in OSA


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:

Low cost implementation
Multiple MFPs talk to the same integrated application, minimizing installation and maintenance time. (provides for central administration)

Resource efficiency
Application takes full advantage of server processing power and storage capabilities.

Ease of development
Application development is easier in server environment where common, well-known
tools can be utilized, as opposed to embedded Java.


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