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Letter “A” Acronyms for the Sharp MFP

A3: An A3 device is designed to handle letter, legal, ledger and some smaller paper sizes, such as postcards and envelopes. It has a maximum paper throughput of 11″ x 17″, and in some cases, 12″ x 18″.


A4: An A4 device is designed to handle letter, legal and some smaller paper sizes, such as postcards and envelopes. Ledger size paper is not an option. It has a maximum paper throughput of 8.5″ x 14″.


ACM (Application Communication Module): Sharp OSA® module providing bidirectional communication between Sharp MFPs and software applications enabling employees to work directly at the MFP with virtually any application. The ACM can be used, for example, to scan documents directly into a customer database or to search for and retrieve documents across the network for immediate print out.


Accessory: A compatible item that is added to the base unit to enhance its capabilities and functions.


AD (Active Directory): A directory service that Microsoft developed for the Windows domain networks. It is included in most Windows Server operating systems as a set of processes and services.


ADF (Automatic Document Feeder): A device used to automatically feed multiple pages into a multifunction device/printer.


ADFS (Active Directory Federation Service): A part of Active Directory service, AD is a software component which can run on Windows Server operating systems to provide users with single sign-on access to systems and applications located across organizational boundaries.


AES (Advanced Encryption Standard): An encryption standard in cryptography adopted by the U.S. Government.


AEPE (Adobe Embedded Print Engine): A RIP technology from Adobe to natively process PDF and PostScript files on MFP for direct printing. It adds sophisticated, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC like direct rendering capability to Sharp MFPs and printers.


AI (Adobe Illustrator): A proprietary file format developed by Adobe for representing single-page vector-based drawings in either the EPS or PDF formats.


AI (Artificial Intelligence): (AI) is a term for simulated intelligence in machines. These machines are programmed to “think” like a human and mimic the way a person acts.


AIM (Application Integration Module): Sharp OSA® module enabling unidirectional communication from Sharp MFPs to software applications. This allows metadata describing the image file to be entered at the MFP’s touch-screen panel and sent along with the image as an XML file. It is then automatically routed to a folder or integrated with a third-party application.


AIoT: (Artificial Intelligence of Things): Sharp Corporation created the term AIoT to represent the combination of AI (artificial intelligence) and IoT (Internet of things).


AIP (Authorized Integrator Program): Exclusive subscription-based program for Sharp Authorized Dealers providing complimentary access to Sharp developed software suite of single function applets.


AirPrint™: Software that permits printing of web pages, photos, email and more with AirPrint-enabled Sharp MFPs. It enables users to print from their iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch mobile digital devices or Mac® computers without requiring a print driver.


Alexa Skill Blueprints: Users can use templates to create their own personal Alexa skill in minutes. Using blueprints, users can create custom games, unique stories and more.


Alexa Skills: Users of Amazon® Alexa™ can extend Alexa’s capabilities by installing additional functionalities developed by third-party vendors.


Amazon Alexa: Amazon’s virtual assistant that is used on Amazon’s smart speakers. Alexa is capable of voice interaction and can control several smart devices.


AMV (Average Monthly Volume): The number of pages a device will print per month.


ASP (Active Server Pages): Microsoft® ASP is a server-side scripting technology that can be used to create dynamic and interactive web applications. An ASP page is an HTML page that contains server-side scripts that are processed by the web server before being sent to the user’s browser.


Authorized Dealer (“Dealer”): The Manufacturer’s authorized sales and service center (also known as a Dealer, Distributor, or Partner) that must be certified by the Manufacturer to sell the Manufacturer’s products, and perform machine installation and maintenance on devices offered by the Manufacturer. A purchasing entity must be able to, at a minimum, visit the sales and service center to view and test equipment.


Award: The selection of an Offeror based on the Offeror’s proposal, to receive a contract resulting from the RFP.


Awarded Vendor: The business entity whose proposal has been determined to be the
most advantageous considering the factors set forth in the solicitation, and whose proposal(s) is approved and accepted by the Lead State.


AWS (Amazon Web Services): A comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon. It provides a mix of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings.


Azure: Microsoft Azure™ is a set of cloud services designed for business environment. It is designed to manage and deploy applications through Microsoft managed global network.


Azure AD: Azure AD manages user identities and create intelligence-driven access policies to secure resources. As an integral component of Microsoft Office 365®, Azure AD centralizes identity and access management to enable security and management across devices, data, apps, and infrastructure.

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