November 21, 2014
Texas-based ECi announced that it has been awarded patent number 8,825,835 B2, which it stated covers its full suite of FMAudit products and capabilities, with the patent issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office for FMAudit’s “Status Monitoring System and Method” invention.
The invention is in the field of data collection and digital repositories for printing and imaging devices, with the method providing end users with the ability to click a link or download the application from a USB and aggregate data such as meters, toner and ink levels that is collected from both network and local copiers and printers.
The patent is said to cover much of the technology found throughout the FMAudit suite of products, including Central, Onsite, WebAudit, and Agent, with ECi noting that the achievement comes a few months after FMAudit exceeded five million monitored devices “making it the worldwide leader in device management based on number of devices monitored”.
Commenting on the achievement, Kevin Tetu, President of FMAudit and the inventor under the patent, said: “Obtaining a patent on the FMAudit technology is an important step in protecting our valuable intellectual property. Over the last decade, FMAudit has provided significant technological innovation in the field of device monitoring and management. FMAudit’s hard work and subsequent patents awarded demonstrate the unique value our software and services deliver to the imaging channel.”
Meanwhile Ron Brooks, President and CEO of ECi Software Solutions, said: “The FMAudit patent is another important milestone for ECi and perfectly frames one of our key initiatives: to foster innovation and honour the great intellect possessed by our diverse and passionate employees. We know there are many great things yet to come from FMAudit and our other business units as we continue to support our customers in evolving, competing, and prospering by delivering innovative technology solutions.”
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