RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Customers and partners attended Mi-Co’s annual users group meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday will have a new high-tech “toy” to try out.

Mi-Co, the RTP firm focused on mobile data solutions, announced Monday that it is supporting the new io2 Digital Pen from Logitech. The latest inkless-pen from Logitech incorporates Bluetooth technology. Mi-Co said it would employ the pen in some pilot programs.

The Bluetooth application will enable information to be captured then transferred wirelessly from the digital pens to devices such as smartphones and personal data assistants. Mi-Co sees the new Bluetooth capability providing its users with applications similar to those included with Tablet PCs — at a much lower cost.

“The combination of Logitech digital pens with Mi-Forms (Mi-Co software) helps Mi-Co customers cut costs and improve efficiency by automating the data collection process,” said Vanessa Millis, senior sales development manager for Logitech, in a statement. “The Logitech io2 Digital Pen with Bluetooth wireless technology will help mobile workforces instantly transmit and share valuable data with their organizations — in real time.”

The addition is the latest step in growth for Mi-Co, which generated more than $1.3 million in revenues in 2004 and recently presented at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development’s venture capital conference in Pinehurst. Mi-Co is a longtime partner with Logitech.

Mi-Co will also talk about the latest (5.0) release of its software.

Joe Bauman, one of the 12-member team that helped bring the original IBM personal computer to market, will be the guest speaker at Mi-Co’s users meeting. He is now chief executive officer of Cardinal Brands.

“He is a leader in digital ink printing, and he says there are parallels (to wireless digital data),” Mi-Co’s Barrett Joyner tells LTW.

Mi-Co will host users at the Radisson Hotel in RTP.

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More Space for CenterPoint

CenterPoint Solutions, a provider of information technology services and consulting, is nearly doubling the space of its headquarters in order to accommodate growth, says company president Louis Camus.

CenterPoint is adding 2,100 square feet to its headquarters at 2501 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It will soon occupy 4,500 square feet.

“Our company is experiencing tremendous growth,” Camus said. “This expansion will help us to accommodate our growing system of Information Technology professionals and to improve the level of service we already provide.”


IBM Exec Joins Cray

Margaret “Peg” Williams, former vice president of database technology at IBM, is the new senior vice president of engineering at supercomputer company Cray. Her appointment was announced Monday morning. Williams also managed HPC software and AIX development at IBM, according to Cray.