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SYMBOL INTRODUCES ARM-MOUNTED DATA TRANSACTION SYSTEM FOR HANDS-FREE, PORTABLE SCANNING, COMPUTING

 SYMBOL INTRODUCES ARM-MOUNTED DATA TRANSACTION SYSTEM
 FOR HANDS-FREE, PORTABLE SCANNING, COMPUTING
 BOHEMIA, N.Y., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE: SBL) today introduced an innovative arm-mounted bar code-based data transaction system that for the first time allows portable, hands-free bar code scanning, data collection and radio data communications.
 The Symbol Application Productivity System (APS) 3395 is the first in a line of next-generation wearable computer systems that offer new portability and productivity to users who rely on the efficiency and accuracy of bar code scanning but whose jobs require the use of both hands to perform job functions. Among applications are package sorting, material control and order fulfillment in warehouses and distribution centers.
 The APS 3395 system combines three elements: the Symbol HF 2001, a high-performance laser scanner about the size of a computer "mouse," device, that is comfortably mounted on the back of the hand for "point-and-scan" bar code reading; the Symbol AP 3390, a lightweight forearm-mounted keyboard/display module; and a waist-mounted 16-bit, DOS-based portable computer, either the Symbol PRC 3310 for real-time RF communication to the host computer via the Symbol Spectrum OneR wireless data transaction network or Symbol PDT 3300 for intensive data collection.
 "The APS 3395 is a powerful system that's not just portable but hands-free for efficient scanning and data collection. It's hardware that you wear. For instance, the warehouseman is free to use both hands to select, load and deliver an order for shipping. Through bar code's accuracy and the system's RF communication capability, he simultaneously performs essential data management," said Raymond Martino, president and chief operating officer, Symbol Technologies.
 "The APS 3395 underscores Symbol's commitment to bringing innovative, application-driven solutions to the marketplace. It's a clear example of the next generation of computing that Symbol is all about; we've taken computing beyond the desktop and put it into -- and now onto -- the hands of people on the front lines of business," Martino added.
 Engineered for rough environments and designed for users handling bar coded items or individual products that ordinarily require two hands, the APS 3395 eliminates repetitive operations -- flipping up a belt-mounted computer terminal and holstering and unholstering a hand-held scanner -- often associated with portable devices in pick applications.
 The eight-ounce curved combination keyboard and display, approximately four inches wide, is comfortably strapped to the forearm for easy viewing and data input. The rubberized 34-key keyboard offers shifted alphanumeric keying, and the LCD backlit screen displays eight lines by 20 characters.
 The five-ounce HF 2001, which fits comfortably on the back of the hand with adjustable strapping, scans with the point of a finger. The HF 2001 incorporates Symbol's state-of-the-art laser bar code scanning technology with a standard working range of up to two feet.
 The HF 2001 and AP 3390 accommodate both left- and right-handed users and may be used independently. Each is held to the arm with comfortable, hypo-allergenic neoprene material and adjustable Velcro(TM) closures.
 The HF 2001 scanner and AP 3390 keyboard/display are powered by either the PRC 3310 or PDT 3300. The APS 3395 system, which will be available in mid-1992, is optimized to provide a full eight-hour shift of use with a single battery charge.
 The PRC 3310 incorporates the Symbol Spectrum One(R) wireless networking capability, 4.2 Mbytes of memory and up to 256 Kbytes of non-volatile memory for programs and applications. The PDT 3300 is a rugged portable computer with 4.2 Mbytes of memory with a range of communications options, and is upgradable to a PRC 3310.
 The HF 2001 scanner, AP 3390 keyboard/display, cable and portable computer operator belt together have a list price of $1,995. The HF 2001 scanner has a list price of $1,295; the AP 3390 keyboard/display has a list price of $995. Prices for PRC 3310 start at $2,795 and for PDT 3300 start at $1,695.
 Symbol Technologies is the world leader in bar code-based data capture systems with nearly two million scanners and terminals installed. The company designs, manufactures and markets bar code reading equipment, hand-held computers and radio frequency data communications products which are used as strategic building blocks in data transaction systems for retail, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and many other industries.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Tully, Symbol Technologies Inc., 516-244-4191; or Rob Hayes or Tom Breunig, Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Symbol/
 (SBL) CO: Symbol Technologies Inc. ST: New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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