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CeBIT2003, Hannover, Hall 9, Stand B42, March 12, 2003: Visitors to CeBIT 2003 will, for the first time, have access to a permanent wireless local area network announced today by T-Systems, Germany’s leading systems integrator, and Symbol Technologies (NYSE:SBL), a global leader in enterprise mobility solutions. As Europe’s largest single public β€œhot zone,” the network will use the Symbol wireless switch as the backbone throughout the Hannover fairground, which covers nearly 500,000 square metres. The WLAN will be used both for CeBIT and other events in the future.

The network capacity will allow up to 6,000 visitors to simultaneously access the Internet with WLAN-capable laptops or handheld computers. With a capacity for 28,000 visitors at once, the Hannover Deutsche Messe has more than 2.5 million visitors a year and will use the new WLAN for its own intranet use as well as during exhibitions.

CeBIT visitors will be able to access the CeBIT WLAN through a free, downloadable, pre-configured Virtual Private Network (VPN) client; the login page is detected automatically when any WLAN-equipped terminal hits the β€œhot-spot.” Alternatively, users may access the WLAN through their own pre-installed VPN clients.

"Deutsche Messe AG chose to partner with T-Systems using the Symbol switch-based wireless solution due to our reputation as a WLAN technology leader," said Marcus Krebs, general manager of Symbol Technologies Deutschland.

β€œSince 1990, Symbol has developed and distributed WLAN systems for commercial use; today, 30 percent of our turnover is from this sector. By April 2002, Symbol Technologies had achieved a significant market share of WLAN hardware in Western Europe and we expect the new wireless switch to contribute to continued growth,” he added.

The Symbol wireless switch is a single wireless networking system that tightly integrates into the wired-enterprise network core and delivers advanced wireless services and connectivity to the network edge. This single system delivers centralized intelligence, management and security at the networking switch layer. The Symbol approach is significantly more economical when compared to enterprise-class 802.11b and 802.11a (or dual-mode) WLAN Access Points and provides an intelligent adoption path for 802.11a and 802.11g.

Through VLAN (virtual LAN) architecting and policy-based networking, the new Symbol system can allocate wireless bandwidth, security and networking services by device, by user, by application and by location, all from a single Access Port.

The Symbol wireless switch features two hardware components – the wireless switch and Access Ports – and a suite of software components including the Symbol MobiusGuardΓ” security portfolio (featuring Symbol KeyGuardΓ” with enhanced TKIP, Kerberos authentication, IEEE 802.1x, EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS with RADIUS, AirBEAMΓ’ Safe Wireless VPN and planned VPN integration); AirBEAM Manager wireless network management; and the advanced wireless networking services currently available in Symbol Spectrum24Γ’ Access Points.

Additional information about the Symbol wireless switch can be found at the Symbol Technologies CeBIT fair stand located in Hall 9, Stand B42, as well as on the Internet at

About Symbol Technologies

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), founded in 1975, is a global leader in secure mobile information systems that integrate application-specific hand-held computers with wireless networks for data and voice and bar code data capture. Symbol products and services increase productivity and reduce costs for the world's leading retailers, logistics and transportation companies, government agencies, manufacturers and providers of healthcare, hospitality and security. More information is available at

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