Scottish firm announces technological breakthrough

14/01/2003

It may seem like something out of a James Bond movie, but the last gadget from a Glasgow company is very much the real thing.

The new digital pen allows anything written or drawn to be sent by mobile phone to any computer in the world.
James Bond's chemistry is still in working order in Die Another Day, the 25th spy thriller in the series to hit the screen. The spy's style stirs and shakes the audience, along with the latest digital technology effects which dominate the screen.

But even Bond might be surprised by a camera in an otherwise ordinary writing pen, which can read the pattern of dots on the paper. The digital pen talks to the mobile phone by radio. Then the mobile talks to the computer on the internet which tells the pen what to do with the information and the pen sends it to the correct destination.

Peter Burwistle from Sysnet said: "Those companies that have a field force out on the road will be able to use the paper interface to feed in information straight into a database, without a computer screen, keyboard, just simply using pen and paper."

The Glasgow based software company Sysnet was founded ten years ago and is the final link in the chain to deliver a new service to companies dealing with information overload.

Engineers can send drawings and notes instantanously. They can tick boxes as they make an inspection. Doctors could send prescriptions to pharmacies and police officers could deliver their notebooks to the station for analysis and storage.

The storage and processing of information has become one of the biggest businesses in the world something that would stagger the mind of event 007.

This article was prepared by Alan Saunby, Business Correspondent on behalf of Scotland Today.