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ECi Awarded Patent for Cutting-Edge FMAudit™ Managed Print Services Technology

Invention covers full suite of FMAudit products and capabilities

Fort Worth, TX—Thursday, November 7, 2013  ECi Software Solutions (www.ECiSolutions.com), a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has awarded it a patent for its industry-leading FMAudit Managed Print Services (MPS) technology.  Canadian Patent No. 2,615,438 for FMAudit’s “Status Monitoring System and Method” was issued on August 13, 2013. 

The invention is in the field of data collection and digital repositories for printing and imaging devices.  The patent covers much of the technology found throughout today’s FMAudit suite of products, including Central, Onsite, WebAudit, and Agent.  This achievement comes just a few months after FMAudit eclipsed 4.2 million monitored devices, making it the worldwide leader in device management based on number of devices monitored. 

“When Greg Allen and I founded FMAudit in 2004, we knew that some of the things we were working on were very special and wanted to protect that,” said Kevin Tetu, President of FMAudit and the inventor of the inventions covered under the patent.   “Innovation and intellectual property have always formed a valuable part of the FMAudit business.  It took a lot of work to get the technology to this point, and this patent demonstrates the unique value of the FMAudit products to office equipment dealers.”

The invention covers a method and system for collecting information from several printing devices, storing the records in a digital repository and delivering readable materials for analysis.  The goal was to provide end users with the ability to click a link or download the application from a portable external storage device (USB key) and aggregate data such as meters, toner and ink levels that is collected from both network and local copiers and printers.   The same patent is pending in the United States.

FMAudit has always been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation in the managed print services industry. The FMAudit business unit of ECi focuses on helping customers achieve their business goals by providing them with the right technology for their needs. FMAudit works to deliver solutions that integrate with a customer’s existing ERP solution to help them improve on the business they have built and the services they provide. To learn more about the FMAudit suite of products, visit fmaudit.ecisolutions.com.

About ECi

ECi Software Solutions provides industry-specific business software solutions and services, focusing on cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi has served small to medium-sized manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field service organizations. Privately held, ECi headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., England, the Netherlands, and Australia. For information, email info@ecisolutions.com, visit www.ECiSolutions.com or call (800) 959-3367. 

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