...Spectrum24 CB 1000 Only Product Available To Give IBM SurePOS
11Mbps Connectivity Over 802.11b Wireless LANS...
Symbol Technologies today announced that IBM has certified Symbol's Spectrum24Ò CB1000 wireless LAN
client bridge for widespread use with its two leading Point-of-Sale (POS) systems -- the IBM 4694
and the new SurePOS 700 Series. The CB 1000 is the only product now certified to support the IBM
SurePOS 700 Series in retail stores that have deployed 802.11b (Wi-FiÒ) interoperability wireless
local area networks (LANs).
The CB 1000 gives IBM's retail POS customers the option to migrate to wireless, and also allows
them to choose between Spectrum24 Frequency Hopping (FH- 802.11) and Spectrum24 Direct Sequence
(DS-802.11b) wireless LAN technologies when organizing in-store floor layouts. This is especially
important for the large installed base of IBM POS customers who have already deployed wireless LANs
for inventory management and those who plan to migrate from Symbol's FH wireless LANs to DS
wireless LANs for applications requiring higher data rates (up to 11Mbps).
"This means that our customers now have the flexibility to use IBM POS Systems in both Ethernet
wired or wireless configurations," said Tom Peterson, general manager, IBM Retail Store Solutions.
"The plug-and-play functionality of the CB 1000 is very appealing. This device gives customers the
choice of wireless POS for seasonal floor layout changes, with the option to easily revert back to
a wired configuration, by simply unplugging the client bridge and plugging in the Ethernet cable."
"Since Symbol and IBM share the same customers in the retail business, it was very important to us
to provide a wireless component that was straight forward and easy to implement at the lowest
cost", said, Dwight Ogletree, vice president, Retail Systems, Symbol Technologies. "When we marry
Symbol's wireless products with IBM's leading POS systems, our customers can achieve the greatest
level of worker mobility and flexibility, especially, when managing and organizing in-store
IBM and Symbol engineers collaborated on an effort to develop a software solution for the CB 1000
and the IBM operating system--IBM 4690 OS V2 R3 and R4, that would allow the POS to adapt to either
a wireless or wired network. The CB 1000/ 4690 OS solution underwent IBM's rigorous qualification
third party product certification testing. After extensive performance, functionality, and
configuration testing, the CB 1000 became the first product ever qualified for WiFi wireless
connectivity to the IBM 4694 and the SurePOS 700, as well as the first product to give FH wireless
connectivity to the SurePOS.
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 (WiFi
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).
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 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 utilized 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
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