In building the substructure for Web Based imaging management, many aspects of more general interest are being developed. This has prompted several requests at the PWG Plenary and the WBMM face to face, including a broadening of scope, a change of name, stronger efforts to co-ordinate with CIM, and more general dissemination of product. There will be more on this in subsequent messages.
One of the new products is a set of read-only management objects representing usage information for a multi-function device. Peter Zehler has gathered a comprehensive table of objects suitable for accounting/billing, loading statistics, remaining life estimation etc. With the working group, this list has been edited to a basic set from which, we believe, all typical variations on usage parameters may be derived. (An example variation is whether or not sheet sides that run through a marking engine but have no colorant deposited are counted as printed pages as well as blank pages). Peter checked as many other manufacturers' equipments as feasible and intends to provide a cross-correlation table showing how variations of the defined parameters may be derived. However, we request that each member organization review the table
and determine whether all of the critical usage parameters used to describe their equipment is included in the list, or can be derived from the parameters in the list.
The parameters in this table form the set of usage reporting objects that will be expressed in various management information formats (Ira has already formulated a MIB and will shortly have a XML schema representation). <ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/wbmm/white/counter-mib-20040405.txt> ftp://ftp.pwg.org/pub/pwg/wbmm/white/counter-mib-20040405.txt We believe that this summary set will be standardized and will find wide application. We wish to ensure that it addresses as broad a range of manufacturer's products as is feasible. Please review the table. Direct any comments, additions or questions to Peter or to me.
Bill Wagner /NetSilicon, A Digi International Company
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