Enterprise Mobility Solutions

April 3, 2006
These new features enable enterprises to operate more efficiently with increased security, and expand their wireless coverage area. Symbol also announced

These new features enable enterprises to operate more efficiently with increased security, and expand their wireless coverage area. Symbol also announced the MC9090 family of premium rugged mobile computers for demanding environments.

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New Products on Display at Gartner Wireless & Mobile Summit in Detroit

GARTNER Wireless & Mobile Summit, DETROIT, M.I. – March 27, 2006 – Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company™, today announced new wireless network infrastructure features for increased coverage, enhanced security and mobility - including Layer 3 roaming, mesh networking and wireless security with location-based services. These new features enable enterprises to operate more efficiently with increased security, and expand their wireless coverage area. Symbol also announced the MC9090 family of premium rugged mobile computers for demanding environments.

“Businesses with a growing number of mobile users continually need to address challenges in wireless coverage, network security and user mobility. Addressing these challenges requires the enterprise to implement mobility as a complete system – end-to-end,” said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol’s Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions. “This means taking into account the users, devices, applications, network infrastructure and management. With this approach, customers should utilize their wireless infrastructure to optimize their mobile applications.”

Expanded Coverage, Security and User Mobility for “Business-Critical Wireless”

Symbol’s new wireless features are designed to optimize mobile applications in the enterprise – including solutions to extend wireless networks to previously cost-prohibitive or physically-challenged locations; provide persistent mobility; secure the wireless network, and add location-based services throughout the enterprise.

The enterprise edge is evolving from traditional wired workstations to wirelessly connected devices. Networks are expanding within and outside “the four walls,” requiring a wireless infrastructure designed for new and challenging environments. Symbol’s mesh networking solution provides the functionality to securely extend the perimeter of wireless coverage to locations previously too expensive or physically impossible to wire. The Symbol mesh architecture provides a resilient system that is intuitive to deploy, “self-healing” and capable of supporting high-bandwidth voice, video and data applications on standards-based wireless devices. With a Symbol wireless mesh network, businesses can now deploy an expansive wireless network beyond the main campus to support business-critical applications at the point of activity, avoiding the expensive requirement of installing traditional Ethernet cabling.

Symbol’s award-winning WS5100 wireless switch will soon feature Layer 3 roaming capabilities to enable true enterprise mobility. Layer 3 roaming allows mobile users to maintain connectivity as they roam throughout the enterprise and help ensure applications such as voice and video are available and connected as they move. This feature further enhances Symbol’s predictive roaming technology already found on its family of mobile computing devices to enable high-bandwidth, connection-sensitive applications.

Symbol’s Wireless Intrusion Protection System (IPS) delivers 24-by-7 protection against unauthorized access and malicious attacks on a wireless network. The upcoming release of Wireless IPS will provide network managers with the ability to visualize and monitor the RF domain and wireless network capacity, and ultimately, identify the source and location of a rogue attack. With Symbol Wireless IPS, businesses can extend location-based services throughout the enterprise, and quickly locate devices in the wireless space and disarm potential threats. This feature helps to ensure maximum up-time and peak performance of the wireless network and mobile computers.

New “Connected” Flagship Rugged Mobile Computer

The MC9090 family of mobile computers builds on Symbol’s market-leading MC9000 series of rugged handheld mobile computers[1]. Symbol MC9090 mobile computers support current and next-generation business-critical applications that help maximize the efficiency and productivity of mobile workers inside and outside “the four walls” of the most demanding environments such as manufacturing and warehouse floors, field sales and delivery. The MC9090 series of mobile computers combines the latest in mobile operating systems and processing power with advanced data capture options and integrated multi-mode wireless connectivity including wide area network (WAN), 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth-enabled wireless personal area network (WPAN) – for anytime, anywhere voice, video and data connectivity.

“Extreme ruggedness, multi-mode wireless WAN/LAN/PAN, and three distinct form factors based on a common high-performance platform has made the original MC9000 mobile computer the best-selling rugged mobile computer in the industry,” said Brian Viscount, vice president of product marketing for Symbol’s Mobile Computing Division. “To date, Symbol’s MC9090 mobile computer maintains its best-in-class, best-selling rugged[2] mobile computer status, and provides our customers with key refinements in areas such as voice and data convergence for increased productivity and true competitive advantage.”

In manufacturing environments, the MC9090 mobile computer can be used to instantly track parts, inventory and shipments, as well as arrange for just-in-time delivery by connecting with suppliers worldwide. The MC9090 mobile computer can also help improve and accelerate assembly line and plant operations, and notify staff when inventories are running low before it is too late. Select MC9090 mobile computer models support reading of direct part markings (DPM) used in the manufacture of metal parts in industries such as automotive and aerospace, as well as Push-to-Talk walkie-talkie capability and integrated GPS (Global Positioning System) support built into the recently announced MC9097 mobile computer – the industry’s first iDEN rugged mobile computer.

The MC9090 family of mobile computers is available with Symbol’s “Service from the Start” comprehensive coverage, a three-year service agreement that includes a three-day turn-around for products sent to Symbol repair centers.
About Symbol Technologies

Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company™, is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs under the Symbol Enterprise Mobility Services brand. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading companies. More information is available at www.symbol.com.

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