Anoto Announces Partnership with we-inspire GmbH and US Business Expansion

  Anoto Announces Partnership with we-inspire GmbH and US Business Expansion

Digital collaboration solution used by large multi-national organisations

PR Newswire

LUND, Sweden, May 14, 2014

LUND, Sweden, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Anoto Group AB, world leader in
digital writing technology, today announced that it has acquired 25% of
we-inspire GmbH, a company specializing in full digital collaboration
environments. As part of the agreement, Anoto Group AB will set up a wholly
owned subsidiary, we-inspire Inc., based in Los Angeles, California and will
sell we-inspire's product in the US market. Anoto Group AB also retains an
option to increase its stake in we-inspire GmbH to 51% in 2017. Through the
acquisition, Anoto and we-inspire will further develop truly full digital
collaborative work environments for corporate and creative use that combines
the strengths of the two companies.

Anoto AB.

we-inspire's solution revolutionizes interactive collaboration processes, by
incorporating Anoto's Live writing surface, digital pens and projectors. The
solution enables users to work on large interactive wall surfaces and allows
multiple users to interact by using different devices, such as Anoto digital
pens, laptops and tablets. Workgroups are able to collaborate and interact by
drawing, writing, making notes, import documents, pictures or movies, sketches
and even capture analogue content written on paper in real time. Work can be
saved locally or in the cloud to be distributed to participants of a meeting.
The solution also enables teams to retrieve their previous work and carry on
from where they left off in a follow-up meeting.

The solution is already used by companies including one of the world's largest
and most creative toy manufacturer, LEGO Systems A/S, for designing new toys
and SKANSKA, world's leading project development and construction group, which
is using 70 systems in its new headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, to further
enhance collaborative meetings and enrich workspaces. Among other key
installations, the we-inspire solution is used by two leading German car
manufacturers for R&D and design purposes.

"The we-inspire solution is a natural extension of Anoto's products and
ecosystem, and it is an exciting opportunity to expand our business," said
Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto Group AB. "Together, Anoto and we-inspire can
provide a truly unique collaboration tool that can be used across any
corporate environment. we-inspire's technology is ideal for R&D departments
working with project management and product design, production teams working
with LEAN planning or analysing manufacturing processes and the media
industry, working on storyboards for movies or TV shows. The technology is
suitable for any environment where meetings are held and there is a need to
gather teams or groups to generate ideas which boost productivity and
creativity."

"The main goal for us was to bridge the gap between traditional and digital
work-practices for collaborative work," said Jakob Leitner, CEO of we-inspire
GmbH. "We have seen that in many creative spaces, traditional whiteboards and
flipcharts are still used because they are incredibly accessible. At the same
time they require considerable effort to archive, share and restore
information and only offer limited space and visualization capabilities. We
have created a solution that combines the intuitiveness and ease of use of
such traditional surfaces with the power of computing. By using Anoto pens and
surfaces we can create highly precise, seamless interactive walls that span 10
meters and more and supports up to 7 participants work simultaneously on a
single application or several different tasks in parallel. With we-inspire,
participants can brainstorm and share ideas using an enjoyable environment."

About Anoto Group
Anoto Group AB is a global leader in digital writing solutions, which enables
fast and reliable transmission of handwriting into a digital format. Anoto
operates worldwide through a global partner network that delivers
user-friendly digital writing solutions for efficient capture, transmission,
distribution and storage of data. Anoto is currently in use across multiple
business segments, e.g. healthcare, pharmaceutical, bank and financial
services, transportation and logistics, government and education. The Anoto
Group has over 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden), with
offices in Basingstoke, Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Boston
(US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of
NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information, please
visit: www.anoto.com.

Follow Anoto on Twitter at: @Anoto

About we-inspire
we-inspire is an innovative collaboration technology company that
revolutionizes innovation environments worldwide to enable more effective
teamwork. The system combines different hardware and software technologies to
create a large, seamless display surface that is freely scalable. The
solutions are based on over 8 years of research in interaction design and
collaborative office environments and have been developed in close
collaboration with some of the most innovative automotive, furniture and
design companies, and research labs in the world. we-inspire has offices in
Linz, Austria and we-inspire Inc office in Los Angeles, CA, which is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Anoto Group AB . For more information, please visit:
www.we-inspire.com

For more information contact:

Anoto:

Stein Revelsby
CEO Anoto Group
Stein.revelsby@anoto.com
+46733 45 12 05

or

Janne Virtanen
Davies Murphy Group
anoto@daviesmurphy.com
+44 1256 807360

we-inspire:

Dr. Jakob Leitner
CEO & Co-Founder
w'inspire GmbH
Hafenstraße 47-51
4020 Linz,Austria
Tel.: +43 681 81583971
jakob.leitner@we-inspire.eu
www.we-inspire.com

or

Einy Paulsen, VP Business Development,
we-inspire Inc.,
7083 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
+1 909 500 3154
einy.paulsen@we-inspire.com
www.we-inspire.com



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