DaimlerChrysler SELECTS SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES Enterprise Mobility Solution to improve Plant Operations

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Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company, today announced that DaimlerChrysler, one of the worlds leading automotive companies is using a Symbol enterprise mobility solution within its Kassel plant in Germany to reduce costs and improve worker productivity. DaimlerChrysler is using Symbols MC9000 rugged mobile computers and Mobility Services Platform (MSP) to capture, move and manage data collected during various stages of the production cycle, including the delivery of material, warehousing and shipment of axles for commercial vehicles.

We selected Symbol mobile computers for their robustness, ease of use, and flexibility to install our own applications. The Symbol MC9000 has significantly enhanced the efficiency of DaimlerChryslers staff, said Karsten Gtze, partial project leader WLAN Infrastructure within the SAP Automotive project at DaimlerChrysler in Kassel. For the first time, a DaimlerChrysler plant is using a single mobility solution within their complete production cycle.

The facility, which produces axles for commercial vehicles, gathers large amounts of data about production, storage of products, shipping and receiving and delivery of finished products. Counting and labelling every screw, grommet, and axle by hand was a costly and time-consuming process for DaimlerChrysler and Symbols rugged mobile computers have helped to shorten this process by collecting data and wirelessly transferring it via a secure wireless LAN to a printer.

Symbols MC9000 handheld computer provides distribution centres with more than just a mobile computer. All applications on the MC9000 are directly connected to DaimlerChryslers SAP Automotive System via the Mobisys Solution Builder, an SAP-certified add-on tool for Symbol mobile computers.

In addition, a Symbol Mobility Services Platform (MSP) agent is embedded in the MC9000 mobile computer, helping to address the growing challenges associated with deploying, managing and maintaining a mobile enterprise. DaimlerChrysler can now automatically manage, deploy and install new applications on all Symbol mobile computers and remotely test the devices - saving time and operational costs associated with manual testing.

DaimlerChrysler implemented Symbols enterprise mobility solution because they fulfilled all of our requirements for a technology partner - providing continuous service and support from purchase decision through deployment, as well as a future-proof Windows-based platform that can easily integrate with a wide variety of applications we are currently using now and plan on using in the future, said Gtze. In addition, the Symbol MC9000 mobile computers are also rugged enough for our usage in a production plant - withstanding drops to concrete floors and outside influences like dust particles in the air.

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