New GPRS handhelds ideal for growing mobile workforce

JOHANNESBURG (12/04/2003) - Symbol Technologies Inc. Africa has launched two new handheld computers that are said to be ideal for logistics applications throughout the supply chain, especially route accounting and field service automation, where instantaneous access to important information is essential to the mobile workforce.

Andrea Sada, mobile and scanning product development manager, Symbol Technologies Africa, says, "Studies by industry analysts predict the steady growth of enterprise mobility applications and application-specific mobile computing, including the tripling of device usage, and more than doubling of corporate mobile deployments in the next three years."

The rugged PDT 8037 and PDT 8056 feature advanced General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) wide area network communications.

The new computers aim to extend the functionality of the Symbol PDT 8000, adding GPRS (data and Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) voice) to the integrated barcode scanning and wireless communications capabilities currently available. The GPRS network is a packet data switching overlay to the GSM network, the worldwide standard for digital wireless transmissions.

The Symbol PDT 8037 joins the Symbol PDT 8137 and Symbol PPT 2837 to form a range of Microsoft Windows Pocket PC-based and GPRS-enabled mobile computing products.

In addition to GPRS functionality, the PDT 8056 provides dual-mode connectivity incorporating 802.11b wireless local area network communications. This solution enables a user to alternate between LAN and GPRS communications, making it cost-effective.

Sada adds, "Symbol's handheld computers are proving to be the devices of choice for a growing number of worldwide customers with a mobile workforce. The GPRS versions offer important customer capability by providing vital information to the point of decision, wherever that may be."

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