Advanced Digital Systems, Inc. (ADS), a wireless Internet hardware, software and application services provider, has signed a development assistance agreement with Ericsson, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will provide funding, along with wireless and other technology development assistance to ADS, Inc. Ericsson is a leader in the emerging short-range wireless communications standard called "Bluetooth wireless technology." Advanced Digital Systems, Inc. will use Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate with the Internet over the cell phone network.
ADS products, referred to as "Things That Think and Communicate" (T3C), are 'smart devices' that combine basic intelligence and the ability to communicate wirelessly via the Internet. This is accomplished by embedding modern computing and communications technology in ordinary products such as pen-on-paper writing devices. When coupled with commonly used personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones, laptops and PC-based Internet communications, T3C products and services create unique and inimitable benefits for users.
Initial ADS products integrate traditional paper-based handwriting information, personal digital assistants such as those made by Palm Computing and the Internet. ADS's paper pad-based product offers a unique way to capture and transfer pen-on-paper information wirelessly to a personal computer or a personal digital assistant. This allows the user to make notes on an ordinary paper pad or a personal information management (PIM) tool such as those made by Franklin Covey, Day Runner, Day-Planner, etc. Handwriting and graphic images are captured and transferred automatically to a PDA, such as the Palm VII, or a personal computer. The captured image is wirelessly transmitted to a proprietary ADS Internet application server for processing and routing to user-specified email addresses. The recipient receives the information by observing the handwritten information, including sketches, maps, etc. embedded in their everyday email messages.
Advanced Digital Systems, Inc. is a start-up software and hardware company with offices on the North Carolina State Centennial Campus and in the Research Triangle Park. In addition to funding from Ericsson, seed round financing has been provided for ADS, Inc. by the Technology Development Authority in the Research Triangle Park, Centennial Venture Partners on the Centennial Campus and angel investors.
BLUETOOTH is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson, Sweden, and used by Advanced Digital Systems under license. Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with the freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over. Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom