Research Triangle Park , NC . 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 Research
- 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
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.