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C9600 from OKI Printing Solutions Achieves Anoto Printing Qualification.

LONDON -- OKI Printing Solutions (the brand name for Oki Data Corporation) and Swedish technology company, Anoto, today jointly announced that OKI Printing Solutions' award-winning C9600* A3 color-page printer has successfully achieved Anoto printing qualification. The C9600 will play a crucial role in Anoto's world renowned technology for transmitting handwritten text into a digital format using a digital pen and paper.

Earlier this year, the C5450 (in Europe) / C5400 (in the Americas) from OKI Printing Solutions was print qualified as the only office printer endorsed by Anoto for its software developer program. Now, with approval given to the C9600, business users can take advantage of a robust printing platform ideal for Print-on-Demand applications that negates the need to purchase large quantities of pre-printed forms.

Anoto ensures all of its partners participate in a rigorous Print Qualification Program to confirm accurate toner and print quality. Its stringent testing has confirmed that the C9600 is the only printer in its class able to accurately print the Anoto dot pattern at a specified resolution and specification, without distorting the pattern by overlaying graphical parts printed in color. This is thanks to OKI Printing Solutions' market-leading digital LED technology that provides end-users with crisp text and graphics, high resolution and fast printing speeds.

The Anoto Functionality, based on digital pen and paper technology, is currently being used by more than 100 partners worldwide to help meet the challenge of speeding up business processes in industries such as government, healthcare and logistics. Users of a digital pen with Anoto Functionality are able to capture anything they write in ink on standard paper printed with the Anoto dot pattern that is invisible to the eye but gives the paper a slightly off-white color. The information is then stored in the pen's memory, and when docking the pen the information is transferred to a back-end system for filing or printing. The information can also be sent directly from the pen to a back-end system via Bluetooth.

Dutch logistics company, bVa, demonstrates a straightforward and effective use of the Anoto Functionality by providing customers with the technology to sign waybills and shipping instructions with a Bluetooth-enabled digital pen. Truck drivers take the printed forms with them on their delivery route and the recipient signs with the digital pen. The signed waybill (including any notes) is then immediately sent to headquarters through the driver's mobile phone.

Anoto Functionality greatly reduces the manual flow of paper and improves operational efficiencies allowing businesses to respond quickly to problems and significantly enhance customer service. The accelerated information exchange also allows for immediate invoicing, improving overall cash flow.

Mikihiko Maeno, President and CEO for Oki Data Corporation says: "It is our belief that the Anoto Solution lies at the heart of the mobile workforce and is intrinsic to its success, particularly as more people (regardless of their occupation) demand new and sophisticated ways of working outside of the office. To ensure that the mobile workforce can take advantage of a modern, integrated solution, we have committed to working with Anoto to achieve qualification of more of our printers, with the C9600 the latest in our range to receive qualification.

"We are confident that more of our digital LED range will be certified by the end of this year," he said.

Orjan Johansson, CEO of Anoto says: "OKI Printing Solutions' unique LED technology provides Anoto's end customers with absolute accuracy and best in class print quality. We are very happy to give yet another OKI Printing Solutions printer the Anoto print qualification - this will give our customers even more flexibility to print information captured by digital pens enabled with Anoto Functionality."

C9600 key features summary:

-- Best in class print speeds: 36 pages per minute (ppm) A4 color and 40ppm A4 mono. Full-speed duplex printing as standard (optional on C9600n)**

-- High quality color: ProQ2400 Multi-level Technology provides best in class print quality. Auto Color Balance gives consistent print output throughout the life of the product

-- Greater media handling for creativity: from A6, business cards and CD labels, to oversize A3 and banners measuring 215 x 1200mm and heavyweight media up to 72lb bond or 270gsm for MPT. Best in class paper handling: prints up to 2880 sheets maximum

OKI Printing Solutions' C9600 printer is available through OKI Printing Solutions' global network of resellers.

* Product name differs from country to country

** Print speed may vary based on application

All product images are downloadable from local websites which can be accessed via our global portal at

Notes to editors:

-- OKI Printing Solutions is the brand name of Oki Data Corporation

-- Annual turnover for Oki Data Corporation is $1.4bn (FY04)

-- OKI Printing Solutions' sales are divided between 51% Europe, 26% US, 16% Asia and 7% Others

-- OKI Printing Solutions is represented in 120 countries worldwide

-- Oki Electric, established in 1881, is a Japanese electronics manufacturer with an annual turnover of approx. $6.4bn (FY04)#

-- Oki Electric employs approx. 21,091 people throughout the world with 6,099 employees outside Japan

-- More details on Oki Electric can be found at

About Anoto

Anoto Group AB is a Swedish high-tech company that offers unique solutions for the transmission of handwritten text from paper to digital media, as well as scanning of printed text. All of its products and services are based on digital camera technology and image processing in real time. The Anoto Group currently has two brands: Anoto(R) - an integrated solution that uses paper, pen and server technology to link writing paper with the digital world - and C-Pen(R) - a scanning pen that stores, translates and transmits printed text. With more than 100 employees, Anoto Group has its head office in Lund, Sweden, as well as branches in Stockholm, Oakland and Tokyo. Among its major shareholders are Norden Technology, Logitech International S/A, Robur and DNB. The Anoto Group's share is quoted on the Attract 40 list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange under the ANOT ticker symbol. For more information, go to
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