AWARE INC

AWARE INC

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Company Overview
Aware Inc. is a leading technology supplier for the telecommunications and biometrics industries. The company is engaged in the development and marketing of intellectual property for broadband communications. It was founded in 1986 and has its registered headquarters located in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Aware’s primary offering includes asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology for the telecommunications industry. The company also offers ADSL hardware and software products and biometrics, medical and digital imaging software products. The company also sells digital subscriber line (DSL) test and diagnostics hardware and software products to pre-qualify, monitor and troubleshoot DSL service offered by phone companies.
Aware sells its products to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers of automated test equipment, including manufacturers of test-heads and handheld testers, as well as to telephone companies and network equipment suppliers.
The company is a member of the following organizations: DSL Forum, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (incits).
Business Summary
Aware, Inc. is a supplier of products for the biometrics and digital subscriber line (DSL) test industries. The Company sells software products for biometrics and imaging applications and hardware and software products for DSL test and diagnostics applications. It sells its software products for biometrics, medical and digital imaging applications and professional services for biometrics primarily through an OEM sales channel. It sells its DSL test hardware and software products primarily through an OEM sales channel. It also sells and/or licenses patents related to communications, signal processing, and compression technologies. During the year ended December 31, 2009, its primary licensing customers were Ikanos Communications, Inc. (Ikanos), Infineon Technologies AG (Infineon) and (Lantiq Deutschland GmbH (Lantiq). In November 2009, the Company closed a transaction involving the sale of its DSL and home networking silicon IP assets, as well as certain patents to Lantiq.
Description and history
Aware, Inc., incorporated in 1986, is a supplier of products for the biometrics and digital subscriber line (DSL) test industries. The Company sells software products for biometrics and imaging applications and hardware and software products for DSL test and diagnostics applications. It sells its software products for biometrics, medical and digital imaging applications and professional services for biometrics primarily through an OEM sales channel. It sells its DSL test hardware and software products primarily through an OEM sales channel. It also sells and/or licenses patents related to communications, signal processing, and compression technologies. Aware, Inc. licensed DSL silicon intellectual property (IP) to enable semiconductor suppliers to manufacture and sell integrated circuits for the DSL industry. During the year ended December 31, 2009, its primary licensing customers were Ikanos Communications, Inc. (Ikanos), Infineon Technologies AG (Infineon) and (Lantiq Deutschland GmbH (Lantiq). In November 2009, the Company closed a transaction involving the sale of its DSL and home networking silicon IP assets, as well as certain patents to Lantiq.

Aware, Inc. licenses and sells a range of software products that are used in biometric systems worldwide. Its products provide interoperable, standards-compliant, biometric functionality for enrollment of fingerprints and facial images, biometric identification (ID) card personalization and reading, and transmission of biometric transactions throughout identification networks. Its products are utilized in biometrics systems for criminal justice, border management and credentialing applications through a customer base of optical equipment manufacturer (OEMs) and system integrators. It also sells to end users, such as government agencies. Its server-based Biometrics Services Platform (BioSP) is a modular software platform that enables developers, integrators and end users to build and deploy centralized multimodal biometric data processing solutions in support of a service-oriented architecture. In addition, it offers professional services to certain customers to assist in the implementation of biometrics systems. It also sells software products for medical and digital imaging applications.

Aware Biometrics and Imaging Products and Services

The Company provides standards-compliant biometrics software tools that enable integrators, solution providers, and government agencies to compress, analyze, optimize, format, and transport biometric images and data according to domestic and international standards. It sells its biometrics software products to integrators, OEMs and government agencies. It supplies a range of fingerprint and facial biometric functionality, including enrollment, ID personalization and reading, and networking. Its solutions address border control and management, secure credentialing, and fingerprint background check applications. It also sells medical imaging and digital imaging software solutions. It has a number of OEM customers in the biometrics, medical and digital imaging markets.

Aware DSL Test and Diagnostics Products

The Company has developed test and diagnostics hardware and software products based upon its universal DMT (UDMT) and Dr. DSL technology. These products are designed to improve the ability of service providers to pre-qualify, provision, monitor, and troubleshoot DSL networks by enabling them to collect relevant information and diagnose problems regarding their service offerings. Its UDMT modem modules can be software-configured to emulate both digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) at central office end of the line and customer premise equipment (CPE) at the remote customer of the line across a range of DSL technologies, including ADSL, ADSL2+, legacy VDSL1/1.5 and VDSL2.

Its principal UDMT modem modules include the 450/455, 475, 550 and 600 model numbers. It primarily sells its hardware products to OEMs who supply DSL automated test equipment and DSL handheld testers. The Company’s Dr. DSL software modules perform pre-qualification, fault detection, line diagnostics and line analysis functionality. Dr. DSL software is utilized by its UDMT modules. Its Dr. DSL Line Diagnostics Platform (LDP) is a server-based software platform that provides a centralized system for analysis and diagnostics of a service provider’s DSL lines. With LDP, it provides service providers with a software-based test solution that can use existing infrastructure to provide provisioning and maintenance services. This enables telephone companies to perform analysis and diagnostics of traditional POTS and traditional and advanced DSL services, including Internet protocol television (IPTV) and triple play services.

Business Line
Engaged in the development and marketing of intellectual property for broadband communications
Subsidiary
AWARE SECURITY CORPORATION
Advisor
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP
IPO date
8/1996
US SIC Code
4899
Company Address
40, Middlesex Turnpike

City province or state postal code
01730, BEDFORD, MA
Phone: +1 781 276 4000
Fax: +1 781 276 4001
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.aware.com