JP5093535B2 - Program update management device - Google Patents

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JP5093535B2
JP5093535B2 JP2010261433A JP2010261433A JP5093535B2 JP 5093535 B2 JP5093535 B2 JP 5093535B2 JP 2010261433 A JP2010261433 A JP 2010261433A JP 2010261433 A JP2010261433 A JP 2010261433A JP 5093535 B2 JP5093535 B2 JP 5093535B2
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  The present invention relates to a program update management apparatus that remotely controls program updates for an external terminal, and more particularly to a technique for updating a plurality of programs in a consistent manner.

  In a device that operates based on a program, it may be necessary to update the program in the market in order to correct a problem or add a function. Conventionally, a customer engineer has been working on site to update the program. However, in recent years, a program is generally downloaded from a server through a network.

  With increasing program capacity, it may take several minutes to several tens of minutes to update the program from the server. In many devices, the device cannot be used while the program is being updated. Therefore, there is a program update system in which a program update time can be reserved and the program update operation is executed in a time zone that does not bother the user such as at night (see, for example, Patent Documents 1 and 2).

  In addition, in a device having various functions, for example, a digital multi-functional peripheral having a copy function, a scanner function, a printer function, a facsimile function, etc., the program is divided into a plurality of functions and processing units. If the update order of these programs is incorrect, the device may not operate normally. For example, the program of the main body may not be properly updated unless the program of the optional device is updated. Therefore, in order to ensure the correct update order even when a plurality of programs are downloaded from the management server and updated without the customer engineer on site, the program update order is determined on the device side that downloaded the program, There has been proposed a program update method in which programs are updated in order from an option device far from the main body (see, for example, Patent Document 3).

JP 2005-135147 A JP 2004-185114 A JP 2004-194298 A

  When determining the update order of a program on the device that receives the download from the server, the update order can be determined with simple rules such as the order far from the main unit, but if you try to make a complicated determination based on various conditions This increases the processing burden on the device side. Also, when determining the program update order on the device side that has received the download from the server, it is difficult to obtain the latest information on information relating to program changes and the relevance between programs from the manufacturer.

  Furthermore, simply determining the update order of multiple programs is useless if the downloaded multiple programs contain programs that do not need to be updated or if they contain programs that are inconsistent with other programs. Updates or updates that cause the device to malfunction.

  Even if the program update time can be reserved, if an update reservation is made individually for a plurality of programs, the program is simply updated in the order in which the reservation times arrived. There was a risk of renewal in the wrong order.

  The present invention is intended to solve the above problem, and when updating a plurality of programs for an external terminal, a program update management capable of appropriately controlling the update order and necessity of the update The object is to provide a device.

  The gist of the present invention for achieving the object lies in the inventions of the following items.

(1) a receiving means for receiving an update instruction relating to a program and including information indicating an external terminal to be updated ;
Storage means for accumulating and storing update instructions received by the receiving means;
Grouping means for grouping a plurality of update instructions for the same external terminal, which are separately received and stored in the storage means until a predetermined grouping timing arrives ;
Discriminating means for determining an update order for a plurality of programs indicated by a plurality of update instructions belonging to the group for each group grouped by the grouping means;
A program update management apparatus comprising: a control unit that controls an update operation of the plurality of programs with respect to an external terminal in accordance with the update order determined by the determination unit.

In the above invention, the program update management apparatus receives and accumulates and stores a program update instruction transmitted from a customer engineer's mobile terminal, etc., groups the update instructions for the same external terminal stored therein, Separately, the update order of a plurality of programs related to a plurality of update instructions belonging to the group is determined, and the program update operation (downloading etc.) for the external terminal is controlled according to the update order of the determination result.

  Since the program update management device determines and determines the update order to control the program update operation, the basic data for determining the update order only needs to be input to the program update management device, and the update order is determined by each external terminal. It is easier to make a determination reflecting the latest information from the manufacturer compared to the case of determining the above.

  The update order determination method and the determination logic are not limited. For example, management information indicating the priority order of updates between programs can be stored in advance and determined based on the management information.

  The program update instruction is received, for example, a plurality of times in a short period and accumulated and stored in the storage means. The grouping means groups these update instructions according to a predetermined standard. For example, the items received by the specified time every day are grouped into one group, the items received until the specified time elapses after the first update instruction is received, or the latest For example, when the next update instruction is not received before a specified time elapses from the update instruction, the previously received instructions are grouped into one. The discriminating unit discriminates the program update order within each group.

(2) Further, the determination means determines whether or not each program needs to be updated in the group,
The program update management apparatus according to (1), wherein the control unit executes an update operation only for a program that is determined to be updated by the determination unit.

  In the above invention, the program update instructions are grouped, and the update order and necessity of updating of each program are determined within each group. First, it is efficient to determine whether update is necessary and determine the update order for only those that are required to be updated. However, after determining the update order, the necessity of update may be determined. The necessity of updating can be determined based on, for example, the mutual relationship (new and old versions or exclusive relationship) of a plurality of programs and information (program update history, system configuration, etc.) regarding the external terminal to be updated.

(3) The grouping means performs the grouping at a timing in accordance with a program update timing.
  The program update management apparatus according to (1) or (2).

(4) The grouping means performs the grouping at a timing different from the program update timing.
  The program update management apparatus according to (1) or (2).

(5) The grouping means performs the grouping at a predetermined date and time.
(4) The program update management device according to (4) .

(6) The grouping unit performs the grouping when a predetermined time has elapsed since the reception of the update instruction.
(4) The program update management device according to (4) .

(7) The program update management apparatus according to any one of (1) to (6), wherein the control unit starts the update operation at a predetermined timing.

  In the above invention, even when a program update instruction is received, the update is not performed immediately, and the update is executed after waiting for a predetermined timing. The predetermined timing may be a specific time such as 12:00 in the evening, or may be a timing when a specific condition is satisfied such as when update instructions for a plurality of related programs are prepared. The predetermined timing may be set on the program update management apparatus side, or may be specified from the update requester side or from the external terminal of the update destination.

(8) It further has an obtaining means for obtaining information related to program update timing from the external terminal,
The program update management apparatus according to (7) , wherein the predetermined timing is determined based on information on the update timing of the program obtained by the obtaining means.

  In the above-described invention, the information regarding the update time of the program is obtained from the update destination external terminal, and the update operation of the program is executed when the update time specified by the information has come. As a result, the program is updated at a timing according to the convenience of the external terminal. Information relating to the update time of the program may be obtained in advance and stored in the program update management device, and the arrival of the update time may be managed on the program update management device side, or when the update time has come, the external terminal May be notified.

(9) The program update management device according to (8) , wherein the information regarding the update time of the program is information indicating a non-use time zone of the external terminal.

  In the above invention, a time zone during which the external terminal is not used, such as nighttime and holidays, is designated as the program update time.

(10) Any one of (1) to (9) , wherein the update instruction received by the receiving means is transmitted from a terminal different from the external terminal to be updated by the program. The program update management device described in 1.

  In the above invention, for example, a program update instruction is transmitted to the program update management apparatus from a portable terminal of a customer engineer located at a location distant from the external terminal of the update destination.

(11) The program update management apparatus according to any one of (1) to (10) , wherein the control unit collectively executes update operations of a plurality of programs related to one group.

  In the above invention, the update order and the necessity of update are determined for a plurality of programs related to one group, and when a predetermined timing arrives, the programs determined to be updated are collectively (continuous) in the update order of the determination result. And control to update. For example, a plurality of programs are continuously updated at a time during which the external terminal is not used.

  According to the program update management apparatus according to the present invention, a plurality of update instructions for the same external terminal received from a portable terminal of a customer engineer are grouped, and the update order of a plurality of programs indicated by the plurality of update instructions belonging to the group Since the program update operation for the external terminal is controlled according to the update order, a plurality of programs can be updated in the proper order determined by the program update management device. It is possible to prevent a situation in which an abnormal operation occurs in the update destination device.

  In addition, since the update order and the like are determined on the program update management device side, the basic data for the determination only needs to be updated on the program update management device side, and compared with the case where the update order is determined on each external device, the manufacturer side The latest information from the program can be reflected in the basic data for determination quickly and in detail, and the update operation of a plurality of programs can be controlled accurately based on the latest information.

  Further, in the determination of whether or not each program needs to be updated, it is possible to prevent duplicate updates of the same program, useless updates of both the old and new versions, program updates due to inconsistent combinations that cause abnormal operation, and the like.

  In addition, if the update operation is performed during a time period when the external terminal is not used, the program can be updated without hindering the user's use.

It is explanatory drawing which shows the structure of the program update system containing the management server concerning embodiment of this invention. It is a block diagram which shows the function structure of the management server concerning embodiment of this invention. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the management information table memorize | stored in the management information memory | storage part of a management server. It is a flowchart which shows the whole operation | movement of the program update process in a program update system. It is a flowchart which shows the specific example of operation | movement of the program update process in a program update system. It is explanatory drawing which shows an example of the update instruction | indication accumulation table and update management table which are produced by the operation | movement shown in FIG. It is explanatory drawing which shows the structural example of the program update system at the time of integrating a management server and a program server.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 1 shows a configuration example of a program update system 5 including a management server 10 as a program update management apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention. The program update system 5 includes a management server 10 that manages a program update operation, a program server 20 that stores and saves a program, an image forming apparatus 30 that is an external terminal to which the program is updated, and a program update instruction The instruction terminal 4 that transmits to the terminal 10 is connected via a network such as the Internet 2.

  In the program update system 5, an update instructor 3 such as a customer engineer who performs maintenance, inspection, and management of the image forming apparatus 30 uses an instruction terminal 4 such as a mobile phone, a mobile terminal, or a computer device installed in a sales office. This is a system for remotely updating the program of the image forming apparatus 30.

  The program update system 5 assumes that a program update instruction is transmitted a plurality of times in a short period from the instruction terminal 4 of the update instruction person 3, and when the management server 10 receives the update instruction, Rather than immediately executing the corresponding update operation, the received update instruction is accumulated and stored until the next update timing comes. Then, when the next update timing arrives, the update contents are optimized by comprehensively determining whether update is necessary or the update order for a plurality of update instructions received so far, and then updating the program Is supposed to run.

  The instruction terminal 4 receives a program update instruction input operation from the update instructor 3, a function of transmitting a program update instruction to the management server 10 in response to the input operation, and an update result notification. It has a function to receive and display from. The notification of the update instruction and the update result is performed through e-mail or a web page provided by the management server 10.

  The program server 20 has a function of storing various programs and a function of downloading the stored program to the image forming apparatus 30 in response to a download request.

  The image forming apparatus 30 is configured as a digital multi-function peripheral having a document copy function, a scanner function, a printer function, a facsimile function, and the like, and an automatic document feeder (ADF ... Auto Document Feeder) 32 and a punching hole are provided in the main body 31. And an optional device such as a finisher device (FNS ... finisher) 33 for performing processing such as binding and binding. The main body 31 includes a scanner unit that reads a document image, a printer unit that prints an image on recording paper, an operation display unit that provides a user interface, a communication unit that communicates with various devices connected to the Internet 2, and an image data storage unit. And so on.

  Further, the main body 31 of the image forming apparatus 30 has a CPU (Central Processing Unit) (not shown) that functions as a control unit, and a plurality of types of programs for controlling the operation of the apparatus itself can be rewritten to a flash memory or the like. Stored in a non-volatile memory. For example, a main program that controls the overall operation of the image forming apparatus 30, an ADF control program that controls the automatic document feeder 32, an FNS control program that controls the finisher device 33, etc. Multiple types of programs are stored.

  Further, the image forming apparatus 30 has a function of downloading a corresponding program from the program server 20 in accordance with an instruction from the management server 10 and updating the program in the apparatus itself. For security reasons, only an update instruction from the registered management server 10 is accepted. In addition, it has a function of polling the registered management server 10 in order to periodically check whether there is an update instruction addressed to its own device.

  An update instruction from the management server 10 is issued for each program unit. When the image forming apparatus 30 receives one update instruction, the image forming apparatus 30 downloads and updates the corresponding program from the program server 20 in accordance with the update instruction, notifies the management server 10 of the update end (update result), and then updates the next update instruction. Prompt. When a plurality of programs are updated continuously, the above operation is repeated a plurality of times.

  Further, the image forming apparatus 30 has a function of notifying the management server 10 of program update timing. Here, the management server 10 is notified of a time zone during which the user does not use the image forming apparatus 30 (non-use time zone). For example, when the sub power supply of the image forming apparatus 30 is turned off, when the off time set in the weekly timer for reserving the off period of the apparatus is reached, the sub power supply is automatically turned off without using a certain period (power saving) The update timing may be notified when the mode is set. In other words, it is considered that the user is not using the image forming apparatus 30 from the time the apparatus is turned off to the next time the apparatus is turned on under the above conditions, and the management server 10 is updated. Notify timing.

  Also, if the user sets the weekly timer so that the power is turned on at 10:00 every day from Monday to Friday and turned off at 21:00, every day from 21:00 to 10:00 the following morning and all day on Saturday and Sunday Since it is a non-use time zone of the user, the setting information of the timer is notified to the management server 10 as information indicating the non-use time zone. The management server 10 performs the program update operation during the non-use time period for the image forming apparatus 30 that has received this notification.

  FIG. 2 shows a schematic functional configuration of the management server 10. The management server 10 includes a receiving unit 11 that receives a program update instruction from the instruction terminal 4, a storage unit 12 that stores update instructions related to a plurality of programs received by the receiving unit 11, and an update time that manages and controls the update time The management means 13, the grouping means 14 for grouping a plurality of programs indicated by the update instructions stored in the storage means 12, and the determination of the update order and the necessity of updating for a plurality of programs belonging to one group Functions of a determining unit 15 for determining, a control unit 16 for controlling a program update operation for the image forming apparatus 30 according to a determination result of the determining unit 15, and a notifying unit 17 for notifying the instruction terminal 4 of the update result are provided. Yes. The management server 10 having such a function includes a computer device having a CPU, a ROM (Read Only Memory), a RAM (Random Access Memory), an input / output interface unit, a communication unit, a storage unit, and the like.

  The management server 10 further includes a management information storage unit 18 that stores management information serving as basic data for determining the update order and determining whether or not the update is necessary. In the management information storage unit 18, management information provided from the maker side of the image forming apparatus 30 is sequentially updated and stored in the latest state. The discriminating means 15 is updated based on the management information stored in the management information storage unit 18 as well as device information obtained from the image forming apparatus 30 (for example, model information, system configuration, version information regarding the current program), etc. The necessity or the update order is determined.

  The update time management means 13 is based on the notification of the update timing received from the image forming apparatus 30 (such as a non-use time zone by the weekly timer), the date and time set in the own apparatus, the reception status of the update instruction, and the like. Determine the renewal time.

  The grouping means 14, for example, collects update instructions received by a predetermined time (for example, 10 o'clock every day) into one group, or receives a first update instruction for a predetermined time (for example, 5 hours). The update instructions received until the elapse of () elapses are grouped into one group, or the next update instruction to the same image forming apparatus 30 before a specified time (for example, 2 hours) elapses from the latest update instruction. If the update instruction received so far is not received, the update instructions received so far are grouped into one group. That is, it functions to accumulate received update instructions and group them into one group based on a certain standard.

  Note that the grouping method is not limited to these. The grouping method can be changed by the management server 10 or by an instruction from the instruction terminal 4. Further, a group number or the like can be specified in the update instruction transmitted from the instruction terminal 4, and update instructions having the same group number may be grouped.

  In addition, the timing for grouping, the timing for determining whether or not update is necessary and the update order, and the timing for the control means 16 to perform the update operation according to the determination result may be different or simultaneous. . For example, when the update timing is notified from the image forming apparatus 30, the update instructions for the image forming apparatus 30 that have been accumulated in the storage unit 12 are grouped, and the update instructions belonging to this group are updated by the determination unit 15. It may be configured such that the necessity or the update order is determined and the update operation is controlled according to the determination result.

  When executing the update operation, the control means 16 continuously executes (collectively executes) the update operation for a plurality of programs belonging to one group. Specifically, an operation of transmitting an update instruction for one program to the image forming apparatus 30 and receiving an update completion notification from the image forming apparatus 30 for transmitting an update instruction for the next program to the image forming apparatus 30. Are continuously executed by the number of programs to be updated, whereby the updating operation of a plurality of programs is executed in a batch.

  FIG. 3 shows an example of the management information table 50 stored in the management information storage unit 18. The management information table 50 includes model information 51, type information 52 of programs and drivers that can be used in the model, current version 53 of each program, information 54 indicating the latest appropriate combination rules of these programs and drivers, Management information that associates information 55 indicating the priority order of the update order is stored for each model. FIG. 3 shows management information for one model.

  The priority order shown in the management information table 50 shown in FIG. 3 is set according to the rule that “the priority order of the second program that affects the operation of the first program is higher than the priority order of the first program”. is there. For example, since the automatic document feeder (ADF) 32 affects the operation of the engine, and the operation of the engine affects the operation of the finisher device (FNS) 33, ADF (1)> engine (2)> FNS (3 ). In addition, since the states of devices such as the engine, ADF, and FNS affect the operation and setting of the driver, the priority order of the driver is set lower than other programs.

  The current version 53 of each program is not registered in advance, and is obtained from the image forming apparatus 30 that is the update destination when the program is updated.

  FIG. 4 shows the flow of program update processing in the program update system 5. FIG. 1 shows a schematic data flow at that time. Based on the operation of the update instructor 3, update instructions regarding a plurality of programs are transmitted from the instruction terminal 4 and received by the management server 10 (FIG. 4; step S101, FIG. 1; P1). The update instructions regarding a plurality of programs may be based on a plurality of update instructions transmitted in a short time, or may be instructed by a single update instruction. Update instructions relating to a plurality of programs are grouped according to the criteria as described above. The management server 10 obtains information indicating the model, system configuration, current version of each program, and the like from the image forming apparatus 30 that is the update destination indicated by the update instruction (steps S121 and S141).

  Next, the discriminating means 15 of the management server 10 refers to the management information table 50 stored in the management information storage unit 18 to acquire management information relating to the corresponding model, and sets the latest appropriate combination rule of this management information. Based on the information 54 shown, etc., the necessity of updating and the order of updating are determined for a plurality of programs in the group (step S122), and the determination result is registered in the update management table (step S123).

  For example, when a plurality of update instructions are duplicated for the same program, the determination unit 15 deletes other update instructions while leaving one of them. Further, when the update instructions of the new version program and the old version program for the same control target overlap, for example, the new version side is determined to be updated and the old version side is determined not to be updated. Alternatively, if there is an update condition such that the new version can only be updated after updating to the old version, the necessity of update and the update order are determined according to the update condition. For example, it is determined to update in the order of the old version and the new version. A program determined to be updated is accepted as a reservation, and update instructions for the program are registered in the update management table in order from the first update rank.

  Thereafter, the management server 10 transmits an acceptance result notification indicating that the update instruction has been accepted for reservation or the update instruction has been deleted due to duplication or the like to the instruction terminal 4 (step S124, FIG. 1; P2).

  Thereafter, when the update timing is notified from the image forming apparatus 30 to the management server 10 due to the arrival of a non-use time zone in the image forming apparatus 30 (steps S125, S142, FIG. 1; P3), the management server 10 updates An update instruction with the highest registration order in the management table is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 30 (step S126, FIG. 1; P4), and the instruction terminal 4 is notified that the update operation has started (step S127). .

  In accordance with the update instruction received from the management server 10, the image forming apparatus 30 downloads the program from the program server 20 and executes the program update process (step S143, FIG. 1; P5). When the update is completed, an update completion notification including an update result such as success or failure of the update is transmitted to the management server 10 (step S144, FIG. 1; P6).

  Upon receiving the update end notification from the image forming apparatus 30, the management server 10 transmits an update result notification corresponding to the notification to the instruction terminal 4 (step S128, FIG. 1; P7), and then ranks one in the update management table. It moves up (step S129) and checks whether the next update instruction exists in the update management table (step S130). When the next update instruction exists (step S130; N), the process returns to step S125 to control the update operation related to the update instruction. If there is no next update instruction (step S130; Y), the process is terminated (end).

  Next, a specific example when the update instructions A, B, C, and D are received will be described with reference to FIGS. As shown in FIG. 5, the management server 10 receives an update instruction A (acceptance date and time; February 28, 10:00, update content; engine program Ver5.1) and an update instruction B (acceptance date and time; February) from the instruction terminal 4. 28th 11:00, update content; ADF program Ver2.1), update instruction C (acceptance date and time; February 28 11:10, update content; engine program Ver4.0), update instruction D (acceptance date and time; February 28, 11:30, update contents; engine program Ver5.1) are received in order (FIG. 5; S201 to S204). FIG. 6A shows an example of the update instruction accumulation table 60 stored in the storage unit 12 of the management server 10. The management information storage unit 18 stores update instructions A, B, C, and D in the order of reception.

  The discriminating means 15 discriminates the necessity of updating and the order of updating for the four update instructions stored in the update instruction accumulation table 60 according to the criteria indicated by the management information table 50 of FIG. 3 (FIG. 5, S205). S207). In this example, the update instruction B (ADF program Ver2.1) for the ADF with the highest priority in the management information table 50 of FIG. Further, since the update contents of the update instruction A and the update instruction D overlap, either one (here, the update instruction D) is deleted (duplication cancellation). Further, since the update instruction C (engine program Ver4.0) becomes unnecessary if the update instruction A (engine program Ver5.1) is performed, it is deleted (exclusive cancellation).

  FIG. 6B shows the update management table 70 created based on the determination result. The order of the update instruction B (acceptance date and time; February 28, 11:00) and the update instruction A (acceptance date and time; February 28, 10:00) are interchanged. In addition, the update instructions C and D are deleted because it is determined that the update is unnecessary.

  After creating the update management table 70, the instruction terminal 4 is notified that the reservation has been received for the update instruction A and the update instruction B (steps S208 and S209), and the update instruction C is notified of exclusive cancellation (step S210). Then, the update instruction D is notified of duplicate cancellation (step S211).

  Next, the management server 10 checks whether or not the image forming apparatus 30 is in a non-use time zone that is not used by the user (step S212), and if it is in a non-use time zone (free time OK) (step S213). ), The program update operation is controlled according to the update management table 70.

  Specifically, first, the update instruction B registered at the head of the update management table 70 is transmitted to the image forming apparatus 30 (step S214), and the instruction terminal 4 is notified that the update operation related to the update instruction B has started. (Step S215). The image forming apparatus 30 downloads and updates the program from the program server 20 according to the update instruction B (step S216), and notifies the management server 10 of the end of the update related to the update instruction B (step S217). The management server 10 relays and transmits the update completion notification received from the image forming apparatus 30 to the instruction terminal 4 (step S218).

  Subsequently, an update process is executed for the second update instruction A registered in the update management table 70 in the same procedure as described above (steps S219 to S225). Thereby, the update process of the program related to the update instructions A, B, C, and D received from the instruction terminal 4 ends.

  In this way, the update instruction of the plurality of programs is received from the instruction terminal 4 of the customer engineer, the update order and the necessity of update (duplicate cancellation or exclusive cancellation) are determined for the plurality of programs indicated by these update instructions, Since the program update operation for the image forming apparatus 30 is controlled according to the determination result, a plurality of programs can be updated in an appropriate order, and the apparatus may malfunction due to an update in an inappropriate order. Is prevented. Further, since it is determined whether or not the update is necessary, it is possible to prevent duplicate updates of the same program, useless update of both the old and new versions, and update of the program due to an inconsistent combination that causes an abnormal operation of the apparatus.

  Further, since the management server 10 side determines the update order, whether update is necessary, etc., the latest information from the manufacturer side is the basic data (management information table) for determining the latest information from the maker side as compared with the case where each image forming apparatus 30 individually determines. 50) can be reflected quickly and in detail, and the update operations of a plurality of programs can be accurately controlled based on the latest information.

  In addition, since the program update operation is executed during a time period when the image forming apparatus 30 is not used, the program can be updated without hindering the user's use.

  The embodiment of the present invention has been described with reference to the drawings. However, the specific configuration is not limited to that shown in the embodiment, and there are changes and additions within the scope of the present invention. Are also included in the present invention.

  For example, the management server 10 and the program server 20 may be integrally configured as shown in FIG.

  Further, the update time of the program is not limited to the non-use time zone of the image forming apparatus 30, and may be updated at an update timing determined on the management server 10 side or an appropriate timing determined by other conditions. Further, in the embodiment, when the update time has come, the plurality of programs that are required to be updated are continuously updated all at once. However, if the update order of the determination results is maintained, the update is performed a plurality of times. The update operation may be executed separately.

  Further, the update instruction transmitted from the instruction terminal 4 may be configured so that the priority order and immediate execution of the update instruction can be specified. When the management server 10 receives an update instruction for immediate execution, the management server 10 may execute the update instruction by itself immediately (if it is currently being updated, it will be executed after the end of the update operation) or received before that It is also possible to determine the update order and whether or not the update is necessary with the update instruction, and execute the update operation immediately according to the determination result.

  In addition, a plurality of image forming apparatuses 30 may be designated as update destinations by one update instruction transmitted from the instruction terminal 4. In this case, the update order and the necessity of update are determined for each image forming apparatus 30 that is the update destination.

  In addition, the instruction terminal 4 may inquire the management server 10 for an update order and confirm the update order, or may be configured to forcibly change the update order.

  In the embodiment, the image forming apparatus 30 is exemplified as the update destination external apparatus. However, as long as the apparatus can be updated by installing a plurality of programs, other types of apparatuses may be used.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 2 ... Internet 3 ... Update instruction person 4 ... Instruction terminal 5 ... Program update system 10 ... Management server 11 ... Receiving means 12 ... Storage means 13 ... Update time management means 14 ... Grouping means 15 ... Discriminating means 16 ... Control means 17 ... Notification means 18 ... management information storage unit 20 ... program server 30 ... image forming apparatus 31 ... main body of image forming apparatus 32 ... automatic document feeder (ADF)
33 ... Finisher device (FNS)
50 ... Management information table 60 ... Update instruction accumulation table 70 ... Update management table

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  1. A receiving means for receiving an update instruction relating to a program and including information indicating an external terminal to be updated ;
    Storage means for accumulating and storing update instructions received by the receiving means;
    Grouping means for grouping a plurality of update instructions for the same external terminal, which are separately received and stored in the storage means until a predetermined grouping timing arrives ;
    Discriminating means for determining an update order for a plurality of programs indicated by a plurality of update instructions belonging to the group for each group grouped by the grouping means;
    A program update management apparatus comprising: a control unit that controls an update operation of the plurality of programs with respect to an external terminal in accordance with the update order determined by the determination unit.
  2. Further, the determining means determines whether or not each program needs to be updated in the group,
    The program update management apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the control unit executes an update operation only for a program that is determined to be updated by the determination unit.
  3. The grouping means performs the grouping at a timing in accordance with a program update timing.
      The program update management apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the program update management apparatus is a program update management apparatus.
  4. The grouping means performs the grouping at a timing different from a program update timing.
      The program update management apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the program update management apparatus is a program update management apparatus.
  5. The grouping means performs the grouping at a predetermined date and time.
    The program update management apparatus according to claim 4 .
  6. The grouping means performs the grouping when a predetermined time has elapsed since the update instruction was received.
    The program update management apparatus according to claim 4 .
  7. The control means, the program update control apparatus according to any one of claims 1 to 6, characterized in that to initiate the update operation at a predetermined timing.
  8. From the external terminal further has an obtaining means for obtaining information on the program update time,
    The program update management apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the predetermined timing is determined based on information related to the update timing of the program obtained by the obtaining unit.
  9. The program update management apparatus according to claim 8 , wherein the information related to the update time of the program is information indicating a non-use time zone of the external terminal.
  10. The program according to any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the update instruction received by the receiving unit is transmitted from a terminal different from an external terminal to be updated by the program. Update management device.
  11. The program update management device according to any one of claims 1 to 10, wherein the control unit collectively executes update operations of a plurality of programs related to one group.
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