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CIC's core software technologies include multilingual handwriting recognition systems, dynamic signature verification, ink compression, and operating system extensions that enable pen input. CIC has a joint venture, CICC, in Nanjing, China. This should be big in China from what I hear. With such an extensive character based written language it would be impossible to create a keyboard, yet an input pad that recognized the written symbols would be great.

CIC's products are designed to increase the ease of use, functionality, and security of mobile electronic devices ranging from handheld companions to cellular phones. I don't see CIC's signature verification being used like Verisign's. VRSN can issue an e-signature to allow secure transactions. CIC's software requires an input device (like the increasingly more popular PDAs and PDA/phone combos that will soon be coming out) to input, read, and verify the signature. Imagine the ease of making a wireless purchase using your PALM and simply having to sign the bottom in order to confirm the buy! I think this is far more likely than using fingerprints, retina scans, or facial recognition devices. It can be used in hospitals to allow doctors to write reports/prescriptions that are instantly entered into a data base/pharmacy and the doctors signature can be verified providing instant authentication. The same with insurance reports which can be done on an input pad in the field and transmitted over a wireless network and instantly issue a check.

Key licensees of CIC's technologies include Ericsson, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, National Semiconductor, and Nortel. Sounds like a good crowd to be involved with. I seem to remember reading that Schwab was also using the software.

Just some info from the company website and my interpretation. I am no expert but this sounds like a
good technology with the possibility for strong consumer appeal.

Good trading,
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