Anoto Group AB is a Swedish high-tech company with solutions for transmission of handwritten text from paper to digital media, scanning of printed text and intelligent camera surveillance. All products are based on digital camera technology and image processing in real time. The Anoto Group today has three brand names: Anoto® – a comprehensive solution entailing paper, pen and server technologies. These technologies allow the company to connect all types of writing paper with the digital world, C-Pen® – a scanning pen that can store, interpret and transfer printed text, and WeSpot™ – a hardware and software platform for intelligent camera surveillance. At the end of 2002 Anoto Group had offices in Lund (head office), Stockholm, Boston, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Major shareholders are Ericsson, Capital Group and the founder Christer Fåhraeus. The Anoto Group consists of subsidiaries Anoto AB and C Technologies AB and WeSpot AB (an associated company within Anoto Group). The core competence is advanced image processing in real time. The group has developed advanced algorithms for image processing that recreate images and calculate movement patterns in real time. At present up to 100 images per second can be processed. The corporation is consistently developing its competence within the integration of electronic hardware and software using digital camera technology, focusing on development of products for computerized image processing. Anoto The subsidiary Anoto combines the intuitive use of pen and paper with the communication possibilities that the digital world offers, having developed a technology and infrastructure that enable transmission and connection between handwritten text and the digital world. Anoto functionality is enabled through a proprietary pattern, a digital pen, advanced image processing and information structure. The pattern, which can be printed on virtually any type of paper, is read by the digital pen, which also registers the pressure of the pen against and movement across the paper. The digital pen’s advanced image processing and information structure traces the position of the pen on the paper and the service selected by the user. The functionality enables users to digitally store their handwritten notes, send e-mails, fill in forms and place electronic orders directly from the paper. Anoto’s operations are organized under two business units: Infrastructure and Services, and Consumer Products. Infrastructure and Services focuses on customized services and products that address enterprises. Customers comprise operators, system integrators, software development companies, IT consultants and infrastructure companies who in turn provide their customers with customized solutions enabling Anoto functionality. Consumer Products focuses on developing and selling products that help people improve their productivity and communication on a daily basis. Such products, which are offered through partners, target end users exclusively and comprise digital pens, PC applications and applications for mobile phones. These products and solutions also serve as building stones for services and customized solutions offered by the Company’s other business unit. The various solutions are developed and marketed by partners in collaboration with Anoto. With its Logitech® io™ Personal Digital Pen, Logitech® provides a PC solution, co-operating with FranklinCovey® that makes a digital paper calendar, 3M, MeadWestvaco and Groupe Hamelin, that supply the market with digital paper products enabling Anoto functionality. C Technologies C Technologies is a high-tech company with mobile solutions that connect printed text directly to the digital world. Products from C Technologies enable text and pictures to be read, processed and stored. The company’s technology can be used in areas such as mobile telephony, consumer electronics and personal computers industry. There is high interest in C Technologies’ system circuit Argus, the proprietary ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit).Argus is an energy-efficient, high performance microcontroller and image processor, which can be used in mobile products, for example mobile phones with integrated cameras. WeSpot WeSpot™ is an innovation company whose business concept is to develop and commercialize novel and cost-effective intelligent camera solutions. Most areas covering digital image processing can be developed by use of the WeSpot™ Smart Camera platform. Several application areas: The camera platform, WeSpot™ Smart Camera Platform, is suitable for a multitude of application areas in many markets. Most areas covering digital image processing can be developed by use of the WeSpot™ Smart Camera Platform. Currently WeSpot™ Smart Camera has three main uses: Smart Door Opener, Intelligent Intrusion Sensor and NurseSensor™. Solutions are marketed primarily to OEM and license customers responsible for marketing and sales to end-users. Joint Venture The company and Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. announced they would form a joint venture company for the Japanese market and transfer the ownership of Hitachi Maxell's digital pens to Anoto. Anoto takes over full ownership, including production, of the Maxell digital pen. The new joint venture, Anoto-Maxell K.K., would handle sales and distribution of digital pens on the Japanese market and selected markets in Asia. All other markets will be served through the organizations in Lund, Sweden or Boston, U.S.
anoto group ab
(ANOT:OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm)
Lund, 226 60
Phone: 46 4 65 40 12 00
Fax: 46 4 65 40 12 02www.anotogroup.com
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