Anoto Group Aktiebolag (former C Technologies) is a Sweden cloud based software provider (SaaS) based on its patented dot pattern technology which provides a methodology for accumulating digital big data from analogue inputs.
With around 45 employees, the company is headquartered in Stockholm and has offices in Seoul, London, Lisbon, Singapore and Boston.
The dot pattern can be printed on a professional offset printing press or on a Laser printing. Dots are printed in black; other colors of ink are invisible to the pen's infrared sensor. On a color laser printer, CMY can be mixed to produce a near-black color that is human-readable. For offset printing, Anoto developed an ink color called "Anoto substitute black", a non-carbon-based black ink that is invisible in the IR region, allowing the user to include human-readable black marks with the dot pattern without interference.
While some of Anoto's licensees have targeted the consumer sector, with, for example, learning toys, most licensees sell their products to providers who put together customized vertical market systems. Anoto also sells a software development kit (SDK), numerous software applications, the Anoto Forms Solution (AFS). In addition, Anoto sells an ASIC design for the image processing component of the pen; most pen licensees use the same basic design of optical assembly and pen internals. Anoto has approximately 350 partners, primarily in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
Optical scan voting systems are based on Anoto technology.
Anoto also has a few other products:
Anoto Forms includes all components required to set up and use digital pen and paper in order to capture, transfer, and incorporate handwritten information from paper forms into any back-end system. Anoto penDocuments Pro allows users to create electronic copies of handwritten documents. Anoto penPresenter is a personal digital whiteboard. By projecting a blank PowerPoint slide, a digital whiteboard is created.
The individualized study plan provides complete diagnosis to prescription, helping teachers understand the gaps in the learning journey, why they’re happening, and how to solve the issue.
In 2019, Anoto secured summary judgement against City Soft Limited and one of its directors for infringing on Anoto’s intellectual property.