…Symbol Spectrum 24® CB 1000 gives wireless connectivity to printers, POS
systems, scales and other tethered equipment through Ethernet or serial
How can the same device be used to service customers on a retail sales
floor and control inventory in the backroom without wires? In-store
devices and equipment that were never intended to be wireless are about to
be unplugged by Symbol Technologies.
Symbol's 802.11 and 802.11b (WiFi Ô) wireless standards-based client
bridge for 2mbps Frequency Hopping (FH) or 11mbps Direct Sequence (DS)
wireless LAN infrastructures will be introduced at CeBIT in Germany.
Symbol's CB 1000, when installed with Spectrum24® wireless LAN adapters,
extends wireless connectivity to normally wired equipment through industry
standard Ethernet or serial port connections.
The CB 1000 meets the mobility needs of today's retail environment by
connecting a variety of devices to an existing wireless infrastructure,
without the expense associated with extending a wired network. Symbol's
client bridge brings wireless life to an array of stationary products,
including point-of-sale systems (POS), printers, weight scales, medical
equipment, Internet Protocol-based video cameras, manufacturing machinery,
bar code readers and other data collection devices, time clocks and
handheld cradles. The CB 1000 client bridge also provides retail outlets
with ultimate POS flexibility to temporarily alter their floor layout to
support seasonal sales and manage high volume periods.
"This fulfills a definite need in the retail industry," said Jocelyn
Furniss, Worldwide Brand Marketing Director, IBM Retail Store Solutions.
"Adding wireless to POS systems and other devices will solve a major issue
for customers seeking greater mobility and flexibility with their in-store
networks." Symbol has demonstrated its wireless POS connectivity by
attaching the CB 1000 to IBM's newest POS system, the SurePOS 700 family.
The in-store retail market is currently the largest segment for wireless
LAN technologies. With the advance of standards-based DS wireless LANs,
combined with the large installed base of FH wireless LANs, the CB 1000
gives customers the flexibility to support either network while protecting
their existing investment. According to Venture Development Corporation,
the product shipments of FH (802.11) and DS (802.11b) wireless LAN
technologies will dominate the retail industry, representing roughly 65%
of the total wireless LAN shipments from 2000 to 2002. With such
proliferation, Symbol sees customers making the most of their networking
infrastructure by adding and connecting traditionally wired equipment to
"We see the product solving unique needs in the retail, healthcare,
manufacturing and enterprise sectors," said Chuck Hudson, vice president,
product marketing, Symbol Wireless Systems division. "The CB 1000 rounds
out Symbol's wireless product portfolio and provides a flexible and
cost-effective product for customers who are looking for mobility from
standards-based wireless LANs."
Spectrum24 CB 1000 Client Bridge
The CB 1000 (see datasheet and photos at www.symbol.com/wireless) is a
small, lightweight snap-together case with an accessible PCMCIA slot that
adapts to Spectrum24 2mbps FH or 11mbps DS (WiFiÔ certified) radios. The
CB 1000 will support all the leading features of Symbol's Spectrum24 WLAN
product family, including international roaming, robust security (WEP for
40/128 bit encryption), rate switching, operation in ad hoc and pseudo
IBSS modes, DSMU and Micro AP (for 2Mbit products). In open environments,
CB 1000 connected equipment will have a range of up to 2000ft./606m on
2mbps FH wireless LANs, and up to 1500ft/450m on 11mbps DS installations.
The product supports a number of desirable configurations including the
RS-232 industry-standard serial port clients attached to servers; remote
Ethernet clients; wired Ethernet-to-serial connection when no radio is
installed; and point-to-point serial hops.
Symbol Technologies, winner of the USA National Medal of Technology, 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
Karen Daniell/Rebecca Irani
+ 44 (0) 1753 790700
Symbol Technologies EMEA
+ 44(0) 118 9457427
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