Area Imaging Scanner reads 1D, PDF, and 2D bar codes.

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Along with 1.2 megapixel camera for capturing hi-res item images, MS4980 VuQuest(TM) employs aggressive presentation-mode scanning and other features for optimal scanning quality in space-limited areas. End users can incorporate OCR, and TotalFreedom® development platform expands functionality by allowing image processing, decoding, and formatting plug-ins to be loaded directly onto unit. Also, intelligent multi-interface design delivers automatic cable detection and configuration.

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Honeywell's Ms4980 Vuquest(TM) Fits Anywhere and Scans Any Bar Code

Versatile area-imaging scanner delivers aggressive performance in a compact form

Blackwood, NJ - January 12, 2009 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced the availability of the MS4980 VuQuest, a compact yet powerful area-imaging scanner. The combination of aggressive presentation-mode scanning and advanced features allow for high-quality scanning in places where space is at a premium. It's ideal for applications requiring maximum versatility and strong performance.

Like Honeywell's popular MS7580 Genesis(TM), the MS4980 is capable of scanning virtually all 1D, PDF and 2D bar codes. The MS4980 features a 1.2 megapixel camera that can be used to capture high-resolution images of important items including signatures, identification cards, damaged goods and personal checks. End users have the option of incorporating optical character recognition (OCR), eliminating the need for additional specialty hardware. A wide field of view allows the MS4980 to read wide bar codes and OCR fonts. These features make the scanner ideal for a broad range of applications-from retail point-of-sale to self-service kiosks to mobile ticketing systems where bar codes are read directly from the screen of a mobile device.

"We've received feedback from customers requesting a compact scanner that can handle challenging imaging tasks," said Taylor Smith, Senior Manager for Scanner Products Marketing, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. Smith continued, "The MS4980 was designed specifically to address this need."

Beyond small size and large performance, Honeywell's TotalFreedom® development platform expands scanner functionality by allowing image processing, decoding and formatting plug-ins to be loaded directly to the MS4980 instead of the host system. TotalFreedom provides end users and third-party integrators with the tools necessary for developing plug-ins that meet the specific needs of any application. An intelligent multi-interface design delivers automatic cable detection and configuration, reducing overall system costs.

Because not all applications require the full range of scanning capabilities, the MS4980 is offered with Honeywell's flexible licensing solution (FLS). FLS lets customers purchase the MS4980 with limited decoding capabilities. Decoding licenses can be purchased in the future, enabling additional symbologies to be read. "Honeywell's flexible licensing solution future-proofs the MS4980," said Smith. "Our flexible licensing solution allows customers to benefit from the functionality of the scanner today, while retaining the ability to increase functionality as their scanning needs evolve. FLS extends the value and the lifecycle of the MS4980, reducing the unit's total cost of ownership."

Honeywell's MS4980 will be unveiled in booth #2231 at the 98th Annual NRF Conference & EXPO. NRF will take place from January 11-14, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, New York.

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