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Extended Systems, a leading provider of mobile data management and
wireless connectivity products, and Symbol Technologies, a global
manufacturer of mobile data transaction systems, have jointly agreed to
market Extended Systems' server synchronisation products to Symbol's
corporate customers and software vendors. Under the agreement, Symbol
will immediately be able to resell Extended Systems' XTNDConnect product
line to its partners and value-added resellers worldwide.
The XTNDConnect product line enables mobile workers using Symbol's
handheld devices to directly access, synchronise and manage enterprise
data between Symbol handheld devices and back-end enterprise systems.
XTNDConnect products allow developers to easily deploy enterprise
applications to a wide range of mobile device platforms over all major
wireless and wireline networks.
With this capability, software developers can build custom or extend
existing applications such as customer resource management (CRM),
inventory management, manufacturing and transportation logistics
programmes to mobile workers.
"Extended Systems not only completes our synchronisation strategy by
enabling developers to integrate our ruggedised batch, WLAN and WWAN
handhelds with corporate databases, but also provides our users with the
combined functionality they need to be more productive - anytime and
anywhere" says Chris Cole, business development manager for Symbol's
Software Alliances in EMEA.
The latest version of XTNDConnect Server (2.5) provides support for
multiple handheld devices using Palm, Pocket PC, Windows CE and EPOC
operating systems, and supports industry-standard Internet e-mail,
calendar and directory access protocols, including IMAP4 (Internet Message
Access Protocol) and SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). Users can
access information remotely, through any wireless or wireline connection
using this technology.
XTNDConnect Server uses Certicom's encryption technology and user
authentication to securely transfer information between corporate systems
and mobile devices. Custom mobile applications can be built using any
ODBC-compliant database such as DB2, Oracle, Sybase and Extended Systems
Advantage Database Server.
"Leveraging Symbol's leadership in the mobile and wireless markets allows
us to give developers and software vendors a complete solution for
extending critical enterprise information anytime, anywhere," says Bill
Colwill, Extended System's international marketing manager for mobile data
management products. "With XTNDConnect products, Symbol can offer its
partners and customers a software platform that meets the needs of the
rapidly growing mobile workforce."
About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies recently added to the S&P 500 Index, is a global
leader in mobile data transaction systems, providing innovative customer
solutions based on wireless local area networking for data and voice,
application-specific mobile computing and bar-code data capture. Symbol's
Wireless Information Appliances connect the physical world of people on
the move, packages, paper and shipping pallets, to information systems and
the Internet. Today, some 10 million Symbol bar-code scanners, mobile
computers and wireless LANs are utilised worldwide in markets ranging from
retailing to transportation and distribution logistics, manufacturing,
parcel and postal delivery, government, healthcare and education.
Symbol's systems and products are used to increase productivity from the
factory floor to the retail store, to the enterprise and out to the home.
Information about Symbol is available at http://www.symbol.com
About Extended Systems
Extended Systems is a leading provider of mobile information management
solutions that enable users to access, collect, synchronise and print
information on demand. The company's products include data
synchronisation and management software, short-range wireless connectivity
products (Bluetooth and IrDA-compliant), and client/server database
management systems with remote access capabilities. Extended Systems
customers and key relationships include 3Com, IBM, Intel, Palm, Microsoft,
Compaq, Motorola, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, Sharp, NEC, and
Toshiba. Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in
the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company
web site at: http://www.extendedsystems.com
Tel: (+44) 117 901 5000
Peppa Sheridan/Josie Pearson
The WhiteOaks Consultancy Ltd
Tel: (+44) 1252 727313
Certain matters set forth in this press release, such as Extended Systems'
relationship with Symbol and Extended Systems' ability to successfully
market and sell the XTNDConnect Server to Symbol's customers are
forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.
These risks and uncertainties include the impact of competitive products
and pricing, alternative technological advances, the timely and successful
development and market acceptance of new products, upgrades to existing
products and other risks as detailed from time-to-time in Extended
Systems' SEC filings, including its Annual Reports on Form 10.
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