June 7, 2017 Tokyo, Japan – Today Wacom Co., Ltd. announces the PHU-111 Wacom Clipboard, a smartpad that lets users complete and sign documents using standard paper forms with ink and converts the documents to a digital version in real-time. As part of Wacom’s family of signature solutions, biometric handwritten signatures can also be captured and attached. The digital documents can then be saved to local PCs, or uploaded immediately to servers or the cloud for easy document management. For businesses like service, healthcare, insurance industries and public sectors that still want or need to use paper forms but want to archive digitally, the Wacom Clipboard provides a secure and easy way to instantaneously digitize and save these paper documents without changing current paper-based workflows.
The electronic clipboard pairs with a host PC or a mobile device via Bluetooth – an option for USB connectivity is available in PC environments. When a user places a document onto the Wacom Clipboard, the integrated barcode reader automatically identifies the document and communicates to the PC or mobile device so that the corresponding digital document can be called up. Using the included inking pen, the user can fill out the paper form as they normally would. All the strokes made by the pen on the smartpad are captured and streamed in real-time to the host device and immediately applied to the digital document.
The key to the Wacom Clipboard is Wacom’s EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) technology, which produces high quality digital handwriting performance and biometric electronic signatures that are attached to the digital document.
“With the introduction of the Wacom Clipboard, businesses can maintain their customer-facing processes – having their customers still fill out familiar paper forms, either A4 or letter size. However, they can easily gain efficiencies of digital document management without scanning,” says Peter Sommer, Senior Vice President of Wacom Business Solutions. “Additionally, as a global leader in eSignature solutions we support the capture and inclusion of secure handwritten electronic signature into the final digital document.”
To support this workflow, Wacom offers simple applications that will let users get up and running quickly and SDKs that allow developers flexibility when working with the Wacom Clipboard and associated documents.
- CLB Create is an authoring tool used at the front end of the process. It makes it easy to lay out forms to be used with the smartpad – both the paper and digital versions.
- CLB Paper is the client application that captures, processes and saves in digital format everything written on the Wacom Clipboard. CLB Paper can also apply handwriting recognition to convert handwriting to text and capture secure, biometric Wacom eSignatures.
- Wacom’s WILL SDK family allows developers to build customized applications for interfacing with the Wacom Clipboard and collecting data from it.
“The Wacom Clipboard and supporting applications and tools help bridge the gap between the analog and digital worlds,” adds Sommer. “We see this as an important step in allowing businesses to increase their productivity and focus more energy on their core business.”
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with leading interface technology to express their personality. Wacom’s eSignature solutions are utilised in a variety of application areas in which achieving a digital workflow with high-level security is crucial, such as: POS, ePayment, electronic passports, insurance, banking and hotel check-in.