Product News: Automatic ID
Bar-Code Scanner plugs into Pocket PCs.
Press Release Summary:
February 4, 2002 - Laser In-Hand Scan Xtreme(TM) Model PDF417, a Type I CompactFlash plug-in card, fits Pocket PCs and other Windows CE-based hand-held computers, including Compaq iPAQ, HP Jornada, and Casio Cassiopeia. It has laser scanning engine that decodes PDF417 bar codes and all other popular linear bar-code symbologies. With PC Card adapter, it can be used in 5 V devices, such as Windows-powered laptops. Developer's kit is available at web site.
Original Press Release
Socket Unveils Industry's First PDF417 Bar Code Scanner for Pocket PCs
Press release date: January 28, 2002
Developed by Symbol Technologies, PDF417 is a 2-D bar code symbology capable of encoding up to 1,800 bytes of data on a single label, offering 100 times the capacity of traditional linear bar codes. 2-D scanning is more than 50 times faster and 30,000 times more accurate than manual data entry. PDF417 bar codes can enhance existing bar code applications as well as create new applications in government, health care, logistics, manufacturing, transportation, automotive and retail markets. Many types of information can be stored in the bar code, such as MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, pictures, voiceprints and other digital files-anything you could store on a floppy disk or CD. PDF417 has been recognized by the major worldwide standards bodies and has been designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as the standard 2-D bar code for logistics applications and EDI formatting on paper labels. More information about the bar code symbology is available at www.pdf417.com. About Socket
Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection Company, provides the broadest range of connection products for Windows powered handheld computers, including Bluetooth cards, wireless LAN cards, digital phone cards, 56K modem cards, and Ethernet cards. Socket also provides bar code scanning products and peripheral connection serial cards for laptops and other mobile devices. Socket products are 'Mobility Friendly', leading the market with the smallest footprint and lowest power consumption in their class, while being easy to install, use and maintain. Socket products work with handheld devices made by leading handheld manufacturers, including Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba, Casio, and Palm. Socket also works closely with Microsoft and with mobile phone manufacturers, including Nokia, Ericsson, and Motorola, to ensure smooth interoperability between the companies' product lines. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California, and can be reached at (510) 744-2700, or on the Internet at www.socketcom.com. Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company and Mobility Friendly are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2002, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.