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|Hitachi and Anoto have agreed to co-develop Digital
Pen Based services for the
enterprise market starting with e-Government and e-Local Government
solutions in Japan
Hitachi, Ltd., (based in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Chief of the Group & CEO: Isao Ono, hereinafter as Hitachi) and Anoto AB (based in Lund, Sweden, President & CEO: Christer Fahraeus) today announced a collaboration agreement to provide enhanced Digital Pen Solutions to companies and governments worldwide.
Anoto has developed a concept that allows anything written with a digital pen on digital paper to be sent directly from the paper to any computer or mobile phone in the world. Hitachi and Anoto have signed an agreement to jointly develop the Entrprise Paper Look-up Service (EPLS) utilizing the existing pen service infrastructure, the Global Paper Look-up Service (GPLS), providing the necessary functionality to build new intranet handwriting solutions for corporations and governments. The EPLS is a new infrastructure component to the Anoto concept, making it possible for organizations to build their in-house solutions for forms' processing utilizing Anoto functionality. Hitachi has vast experience, know-how and advanced security technology in the e-Government field and together with the EPLS, this will form an optimal product for the e-Government solution. The EPLS infrastructure product will be owned by Anoto and marketed and sold worldwide by Anoto partners and Hitachi will market and sell the total solutions starting in Japan.
Development will begin in April 2002 with the aim of starting manufacturing and sales in 2003. Hitachi exhibits this solution at its e-Government showroom, "CyberGovernment Square", in cooperation with Anoto.
Anoto is providing the infrastructure to ensure that all information originating from digital pens and digital paper enabling Anoto functionality gets routed to the appropriate service provider. Anoto and Hitachi will develop the extension of this system, the EPLS, to incorporate functionality suitable for large corporations and organizations, e.g. Hitachi character recognition software. An example of this could be a person notifying change of address to the authorities. For this solution, the digital pen transmits the data, utilizing a server infrastructure. By applying character recognition directly to this data, it saves the trouble of having to digitize the handwritten data. Consequently, such a service improves the efficiency of the administration and citizens can "e-apply" without changing the application process.
The Japanese government has propelled to establish e-Government and e-Local Government by 2003. As a part of this event, Hitachi announced the e-Government Solution for the Japanese administration, "Solutionmax for CyberGovernment" in 1999. Hitachi has provided security/authentication infrastructure systems which have been integrated in the "e-Government System." They are significant for the realization of e-Government in Japan. Hitachi also presents "Hybrid Administration Service," which provides administrative services in many ways, both at the information desk and through the Internet. Hitachi's "Information KIOSK," "OCR System," and "e-Application Infrastructure Software" are also parts of "Hybrid Administration Service." The cooperation between Hitachi and Anoto will provide Digital Pen Solutions as a move towards realization of the "Hybrid Administrative Service."
A digital pen enabling Anoto functionality is the tool that, together with the digital paper enabling Anoto functionality not only, enables you to store and transmit basically anything you write or draw to anywhere in the world but allows you to send whatever you write or draw directly to your nearby personal computer or via the Internet to any computer, mobile phone or information bank in the world. Specific parts of the Anoto pattern can also be given specific functions. This enables an unlimited amount of services such as retrieving information or placing an order directly from a mail order catalogue, newspaper or magazine using the digital pen enabling Anoto functionality.
Anoto is creating a global de facto standard for paper-based communication by bringing pen and paper into the digital world. In Japan, the Anoto Consortium (operated by Anoto Communications Ltd.) was recently established, intended to act as a platform for a large group of industrial partners.
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C Technologies AB (publ) was founded in 1996 and is a well-established Swedish high-technology company. C Technologies holds cutting-edge expertise in the fields of digital camera technology, image processing. The C Technologies Group, which also comprises the subsidiaries Anoto AB and WeSpot AB, currently has over 300 employees and offices located in Lund, Stockholm, Boston, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Major shareholders include company founder Christer Fåhraeus, Capital Group and Ericsson. C Technologies' share is listed on the O-list of the OM Stockholm Exchange (Attract 40). www.ctechnologies.se
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|WRITTEN BY Corporate Communications Division