Symbol announces scanners, a rugged mobile computer and a wireless device

Symbol Technologies, The Enterprise Mobility Company, recently announced new enterprise mobility solutions designed to increase productivity, improve operational efficiencies and enhance the customer experience with real-time access to people, information and business-essential applications.  Symbols new advanced data capture, mobile computing and wireless infrastructure products collectively address customer demands for innovative mobility solutions in the retail, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, healthcare, field service, public safety, and transportation and logistics industries. 

"Symbol enterprise mobility solutions help customers in a broad range of industries improve business operations throughout an organization," said Boris Metlitsky, senior vice president of product strategy and development, Symbol Technologies.  "Focused on meeting customer demands, our new product offerings combine innovative design and technologies for connectivity, manageability and real-time access to business-critical information.

Redefining Bar Code Scanning

The ability to manage information technology assets in the enterprise is a major concern for IT managers and executive decision makers.  Designed to increase productivity, improve efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership, Symbols new LS4278 Bluetooth cordless bar code scanner will change the way bar code scanning is implemented in organizations by providing the industrys first cordless scanner to offer full remote management capabilities including discovery of scanning assets and their associated information such as serial number, date of manufacture and firmware version for remote retrieval over a network.  The new LS4278 cordless scanner also provides the ability to automate the configuration process, by enabling customers to monitor their scanners and remotely upgrade firmware to support new features.  Potential customers include retailers seeking to increase productivity at checkout with advanced scanning features; healthcare facilities for patient bedside information and medication administration; and warehouse and distribution centers to manage and track inventory.

Building upon Symbols bar code scanning heritage of high performance scan engines, with more than eight million scan engines currently in use in thousands of applications in retail, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and many other industries, Symbol also introduced two new scan engines for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEM).  The new SE950 and SE955 scan engines are designed to exceed customer demands for reliability and high performance by incorporating Symbols patented Liquid Polymer (LP) scan technology.  Symbols innovative SE950 and SE955 scan engines are also enabled with remote scan engine diagnostics and status reporting capability that allows the health and behavior of the scan engine component to be remotely monitored to effectively maximize system performance throughout the life of the device.

The LS4278 cordless scanners, as well as the SE950 and SE955 scan engines, are currently available to order globally.

First iDEN Rugged Mobile Computer for Sprint

Working with Sprint, the new Symbol MC9097 mobile computer, a member of Symbols flagship MC9000 family, is the first rugged mobile computer certified to operate on the Nextel National Network.  Symbols MC9097 mobile computer provides field service and sales workers access to Nextel Walkie-Talkie service, wireless voice and data services and two-way messaging for real-time access to people.  Additionally, the MC9097 mobile computer features GPS capabilities, enhanced voice and data convergence and multi-mode wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, for access to information and business-critical applications virtually anytime and anywhere.

According to industry research firm Venture Development Corp., Symbol holds the number one market share position for rugged handheld mobile computers.  Symbols flagship MC9000 series of mobile computers continue to provide customers with the technologies necessary to help track inventory more efficiently and accurately, manage assembly line production more effectively, and improve the accuracy and speed of product shipment and returns processing even in harsh environments.   Symbols rugged MC9097 mobile computer will be available for sale in the United States in March 2006. 

High Performance Wireless LAN on IBM BladeCenter

Symbols award-winning and market-leading WS5000 wireless switch series is now offered as an IBM BladeCenter appliance, and available through IBM Services. IBM BladeCenter alliance solutions and the BladeCenter offer a powerful and cost-effective centralized management approach to server architecture.  The Symbol WS5120 Wireless Switch in blade form is a highly secure, easy-to-deploy, scalable, and reliable wireless solution that enables business-critical mobility applications for enterprises and small and mid-size customers using the IBM BladeCenter.

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