May 17, 2005 11:06 ET

Pioneers of Digital Ink Gather at Third Annual Mi-Co User Day Identifying Trends in Mobile Data Capture

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2005 -- Leading off with the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Mi-Co User Group Conference, Mr. Joe Bauman, CEO of Cardinal Brands, assessed the state of the digital ink marketplace with a comparison of the explosion of the personal computer in the 1980s. Mr. Bauman is in a unique historical position for making this comparison. He, currently is CEO of a large scale printing company, Cardinal Brands, that stays on the cutting edge of digital ink and forms technology and previously at IBM, he was one of the key executives tapped to bring the IBM PC to market. Mr. Bauman addressed the key elements that have driven and are driving the explosion in digital ink solutions.

This was just one of the highlights of the Mi-Co Annual Conference held in the Research Triangle Park, NC last week. The event was attended by leaders of organizations that pioneered digital ink solutions in the marketplace. These organizations included Anoto, Logitech, HP, Vision Objects, Motion Computing, Gateway, and Fujitsu. In addition, such innovative organizations that have implemented and funded digital ink applications were in attendance including the IRS, National Cancer Institute, USDA, Spectrasite and Wilson County Home Health.

"This year's event demonstrated the strides taken by organizations in implementing data capture and forms automation processes using the latest in digital ink and handwriting recognition technology," said Jim Clary, CEO of Mi-Co, "The gathering represented a who's who of industry leaders and as Joe pointed out in his keynote, the pioneers have driven this market to the edge of explosion."

Real World Impact of Digital Ink, Digital Writing and Forms Automation Applications

Mi-Co took the opportunity at the conference to officially launch the newest release of the Mi-Forms System, Version 5, and the audience came to hear about the real world impacts of the use of handwriting recognition and mobile data capture technology. Highlights of currently implemented applications included presentations and exhibitions by:

--  Rick Farris of Health Decisions presenting Mi-Forms in Clinical
--  Brian Metzger of Allstream, the Canadian based company that has built
    thINK Digital Ink solutions: Write Once. Capture. Convert and Integrate
--  Scott McLaughlin, who has implemented technology at a number of
    hospitals including Sutter Health, presented on Optiform's Rx for Success
    in Healthcare...Mi-Forms & Tablet PCs
--  Dr. Greg Shorr who has consulted for numerous Indian Health Service
    programs including  Cherokee Indian Health, presented on Digital Forms for
    Clinical Care
--  Vanessa Mills, senior sales development manager for Logitech's digital
    writing division highlighted the Logitech io2 Digital Pen with Bluetooth
    wireless technology
--  Jon Poppe and Jason Soulier, HP Business Managers presented on the
    success and impact of the Forms Automation System introduced by HP in 2004.
--  Robert Letzeisen of PatienTree, highlighted the use of mobile data
    capture applications in a hospital setting

Mi-Forms User Awards

One of the most anticipated events of the User Meeting is the announcement of the Annual Mi-Forms User Awards. For 2004, Mi-Forms User Awards went to:

Mi-Forms User of the Year: Hyong Ngo, USDA for his outstanding work in the design and implementation of the agency's digital ink application for capturing data for use in assuring the safety of the nation's food supply

User of the Year in Healthcare: Olga Smirnov, Boston Public Health Commission for her outstanding work in the development and implementation of mobile data capture applications for Boston's Well Baby Program

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About Mi-Co

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, provides digital writing software that enables an efficient and effective process for capturing and communicating handwritten data. Mi-Co's enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible e-forms design for data capture using digital ink. In addition, Mi-Forms Software has proven capabilities for handwriting interpretation, verification, data validation and communication of forms-based data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports Tablet PCs, Digital Pens, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. Mi-Co is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and has a Washington customer service center. For more information on Mi-Co, visit

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