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  • Can anyone provide information about a company called Applied Transform LLC in Bedford MA. They have some patents that maybe were assigned from Aware and some new ones issued in 2017. Ex Aware guys involved with the patents (Kim Bae Joon and Marcos Tzannes for example).

    On July 20 Tzannes and Joon filed a Patent Application # 20170207940 on Behalf of Applied Transform LLC. Seems strange that two ex-Aware guys working on this still, in for an entity in Bedford.

    More under the covers things going on at Aware.
  • Corp website under Management for Russell has "Mr. Russell previously served as Aware’s co-chief executive officer and co-president from April 2001 to March 2017 " That is wrong. They should have had their eagle eyed legal counsel review before posting. Explains why we have 3rd parties filing patent law suits.

    One more question. On that same page the graphic in the header shows an icon for Palm recognition. I can't find mention of Aware doing anything with Palm. I would assume that image is Aware's software???
  • See #TheWallStreetJournal article today by Liza Lin. "A Chinese startup that sells facial-recognition systems to police forces secured venture-capital funding that values it at more that $1.5 billion, underscoring the sector's emergence as one of technology's hottest areas of interest." SenseTime is a unicorn status company with a value of more than $1 billion. What's up Aware?
  • I would think biometrics would be "taking off" due to cyber security issues going forward. Long.
  • Intel® FPGAs for AI. It was quite a while ago that DAve posted about NXP working on Biometrics functions being built into chips. Looks like it's a reality at Intel.
  • Date Signed: June 26, 2017 Action Obligation: $417,000

    Other Function - Automated Booking System Middleware for the Joint Automated Booking System (JABS)
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    May 02, 2017 Action Obligation: $99,000
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    These are the only revenue announcements made in Q2 that I'm aware of.
  • BTW AWRE was $5 over 20 years ago when DOW was 12,000 points LOWER.
  • Munich, June 19, 2017 – Fujitsu today announces that it is broadening its advanced biometric security solutions portfolio through an agreement with ImageWare Systems to resell key security capabilities including enterprise mobile biometric user authentication as a service. The agreement will see Fujitsu not only extend its biometric identity and access management solutions to mobile devices but also to additional authentication methods including fingerprint, face, and voice recognition. Fujitsu customers will now be able to deploy biometric authentication as a service running on the Fujitsu Cloud Service K5.
  • Over $5. Time for celebration.
  • Did anyone see the opening trades? 1 share 1 share 1 share 4 shares 46 shares. 100% sure it is institutional. Retail trades don't get executed like this. Also obvious is the direction this entity wants to take the stock. What is the significance in keeping it under $5? Saw news on Nok Nok Labs and Fujitsu. Aware has no future on it's own
  • The former CEO sold his options at 4.30 what does he know going forward that you don't know?
  • We are long overdue for a change at Aware. Stafford has long relied on a sit an wait approach to running this business. He is obviously afraid to take on growth as part of his strategy.

    My assessment of Stafford, other than being interested in his own personal advantage over the interests of shareholders is that he is not willing to risk a growth strategy on Aware. This is because he believes there is a lower risk option available, at least to him.

    Potential Low Risk Profit opportunities available to Stafford:

    1) Maintaining low transparency of Aware's business, allows him to have a trading advantage in the stock. Decades of long term flow has provided an acceptable RoR for privileged shareholders.

    2) Reliance on strategic patent position to capitalize on an emerging market. I think Aware has been lying in the bushes, waiting for one of the emerging markets that they have covered with their IP to take off. My belief is that they want the market to proceed without concern about the IP. Once the IP has been sufficiently embedded, they will pounce with the licensing/infringement. The low profile is intended to lull users of the technology in. Nothing else explains this company's interest to maintain an invisible presence in the market place.

    As CEO Kevin Russell is a blank page without any leadership skill at all. Russell and Moberg together did nothing but manage a cash fund. 500K$ in salary were issued to sit in the henhouse and keep the eggs warm. Its crazy how this company has been managed. The only reportable activity for Moberg and Russell was their recurring lapses in their responsibilities to shareholders. Violations of the Corp Code of Ethics, refusal to enforce that code, long periods of undisclosed material non-public information. I know of no other highlights that can be attributed to those two executives.

    Since this strategy has now played out over nearly a decade, I think Stafford has taken an unreasonable risk of obsolescence.
  • "Applications include ***mass*** enrollments of personnel at forward operating bases ***or for watch-list matching.***"

    OK, all you bad guys look at the camera and say 'Cheese'. The DOD wants to be able to search all faces in group photos against the watch list at the same time. They need this. One at a time enrollment and search must be too damn slow.

    http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/5917/

    DoD seeking biometric battlefield solutions | Planet Biometrics News
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    www.planetbiometrics.com
  • Well, glad I got into GSOL . At least it is going up.
  • Q2/17 is going to be a tough YOY comp ...From the Q2/16 10Q

    "Revenue and operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2016 were $6.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively. These results compared to revenue of $4.5 million and operating income of $0.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2015."

    This stock could get ugly if it doesn't even beat what it did in the 2 years ago quarter.

    No bump from the Nimibia Trade show? Go figure?...lol
  • 10Q shows two worrisome additional data items.
    1) virtually no known sales pipeline: ~0.1 Million $
    2) Decline software maintenance, due to lack of retention

    Both of these are very concerning.
  • Firing Moberg lifts profits by about 400$K per year which is 25%.
    I say, lay Russell to waste and increase profits 50%.

    What does that say about value of Aware leadership?
  • Interesting product release today. However, lack of credible company leadership overwhelms and sends clear signal that Aware has no intention to grow it operating business.

    Still leads me to believe Aware only exists today to prosecute patents, and perhaps sell the operation when the time is right.