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SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCES SCANNING SYSTEM FOR READING PDF417 TWO-DIMENSIONAL SYMBOLOGY

 SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INTRODUCES SCANNING SYSTEM
 FOR READING PDF417 TWO-DIMENSIONAL SYMBOLOGY
 BOHEMIA, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Symbol Technologies Inc. (NYSE: SBL) today introduced the Symbol PDF 1000, the first hand-held laser scanner optimized to read PDF417, the powerful new paper-based communications protocol for transferring data between computer systems without rekeying or re-entering.
 Developed by Symbol Technologies, the world leader in bar code-based data transaction systems, PDF417 works as a high-density, high-capacity "portable data file" to provide low-cost access to large amounts of information without referencing an external database. Storing up to a kilobyte of data in a machine-readable code printed on paper, PDF417 has 100 times the information capacity of a traditional linear bar code of the same size.
 The high-performance Symbol PDF 1000 system, a compact hand-held laser-based scanner and companion DSP interface, scans and decodes PDF417 symbols with subsecond performance. Unlike a traditional hand- held laser scanner, which traces a single laser line across a one- dimensional, or linear, bar code, the PDF 1000 decodes in a rastering pattern, its laser beam zigzagging across and down PDF417, a checkerboard-look bar code symbology. While traditional bar codes, in use as early as 1973, functions as "keys" to external databases, PDF417 stores the entire data file in the code itself. The new symbology encodes full ASCII, numeric or binary data.
 "Since Symbol introduced PDF417 in 1990, our customers have been excited about its application because of its robust information storage and transmission capability. Now, with the availability of the Symbol PDF 1000, our customers' visions become reality and fully implemented," said Jerome Swartz, chairman and chief executive officer, Symbol Technologies.
 With its lightweight and rugged design, the PDF 1000 system is well suited to a wide range of on-the-move portable data file applications where the efficiency, speed and ease-of-use of laser scanning are required.
 Among pilot applications for which the PDF 1000 system and PDF417 are being used are the following:
 -- bills of lading and shipping manifests
 -- work-in-process tracking
 -- data records on medical and healthcare ID cards
 -- motor vehicle department registrations
 -- frequent customer cards at restaurants and retail stores
 -- security access at academic institutions or corporate complexes
 -- hazardous materials storage and tracking
 PDF 417, unlike linear bar code, uses sophisticated error correction algorithms to correct for lost or missing data. This allows PDF 417 to be used in the most demanding and rugged environments where the bar code labels can be damaged.
 The PDF 1000, which automatically discriminates between PDF417 and traditional one-dimensional bar codes, offers exceptionally fast decode rates for both 1D and 2D codes and outstanding performance on even poorly printed or damaged codes. Using standard RS232 communication ports, the PDF 1000 interfaces with a variety of computing systems including PCs, workstations, and fixed and portable computing terminals. The PDF 1000 is equipped with a convenient battery pack for use with portable computing terminals; optional accessories support a range of mobile and stationary applications. Designed to withstand a four-foot drop to concrete, the rigged PDF 1000 meets U.S. military specifications for withstanding wind-blown dust and rain.
 The PDF 1000 system, consisting of the hand-held laser scanner and interface controller/decoder, is available immediately with a price list of $2,790.
 Symbol Technologies Inc. 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, portable data terminals and radio frequency data communications products which are used as strategic building blocks in technology systems for retailing, package and parcel delivery, warehousing and distribution, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos available on request./
 /CONTACT: Nancy Tully or Doug Picker of Symbol Technologies, 516-244-4191, or Andy Pool or Rachel Whitehouse of Brodeur & Partners, 617-894-0003, for Symbol Technologies/
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