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Aussie Smartcard Reader Grabs Export Sales

  • 02 October, 2006 11:45

<p>Media Contacts: Frank Downes CEO 07 3344 6599 or Terry Quinn 0439 710 418</p>
<p>• CEO Predicts Rapid Worldwide Growth in SmartCard Readers, Barcode Scanners, RFID and Magnetic Stripe Readers in Retail, Health, Real Estate and Homeland Security Markets.</p>
<p>Grabba International, a Brisbane based developer of proprietary hardware which turns Dell, HP IPAQ, Sharp and Palm hand held devices into sophisticated smartcard and barcode readers for the retail, healthcare, transportation and homeland security markets has appointed business development managers to handle export growth in China, Asia Pacific and the UK.</p>
<p>“The new appointees have been tasked to grow the company’s network of System Integrators, Software Developers and Value Added resellers in their areas,” CEO Frank Downes said today.</p>
<p>Paul Bellamy, a Shen Zhen resident and a ten year Asia veteran Systems Integrator has been named Asia Pacific Business Development Manager while Brendan Strijdom, has been appointed to take charge of Business development in the UK and Ireland. Lawrence Pane will continue his successful role as Grabba’s North America Business Development Manager at Grabba USA, Inc office at 536 E Birmingham Road, Burbank, Ca 91504.</p>
<p>In the UK Grabba has established an office facility in Epsom, Surrey.</p>
<p>Grabba International Pty Ltd headquarters are at 2 Henley Street, Coopers Plains, Qld 4108, Australia</p>
<p>Grabba International Pty Ltd is a closely held private technology corporation with a depth of skill in the development of hardware, software and firmware which has been applied to develop, manufacture and market internationally a range of leading edge attachable tools that extend the mobile computing power available in a wide range of COTS (commercial off the shelf) PDA and Smart Phone hand held devices from leading brands. According to Mr. Downes, Grabba engineers have developed close working relationships with leading PDA manufacturers which enable them to start developing attachments for new models even before they come onto the market.</p>
<p>“This way the Grabba product range is always up to date, providing attachments for the newest models as they are launched,” Mr. Downes said.</p>
<p>More then 75% of the “value added” Grabba products are now exported – mostly to the USA where the company has offices in Burbank California.</p>
<p>Grabba recently extended its product range with Sharp and Dell - and the Palm® Treo 650, 700p and 700w smartphones.</p>
<p>“Grabba International is now supporting three new types of PDAs - the Sharp Zaurus SL 5500, Dell Axim x50 and Axim x51.</p>
<p>“The growing demand for attachments for these types of PDAs has pushed Grabba to develop new drivers and housings,” Mr. Downes said.</p>
<p>“With the T-5xxx Readers, Grabba now offers the full range of technologies by way of attachments for the Sharp Zaurus SL 5500 PDA, one of the most popular devices on the Asian market. For this device Grabba had to develop a new Linux based driver. The T-6xxx Readers are attachments for the Dell Axim x50 and Axim x51 Pocket PC powered PDAs</p>
<p>“The Grabba T-2200a Linear Barcode Scanner for Palm® provides a powerful, fast, solid state linear imaging barcode scanner that opens new opportunities for Palm® smartphones.</p>
<p>“The Treo 650 or 700w slides snugly into the Grabba housing, turning the combination into an extremely powerful, enterprise tool with many possible applications.</p>
<p>Fitted with its own rechargeable, long-life battery the Grabba T-2200a is suitable for heavy workloads without adverse impact upon the battery life of the host Smartphone.</p>
<p>The Treo and the Grabba may be left attached while battery charging of both units takes place. Proprietary, high-tech battery management technology ensures that battery life is maximised</p>
<p>Each Grabba device is fitted with its own rechargeable long-life battery which means the Grabba is suitable for heavy workloads without adverse impact upon the battery life of the host PDA. The Treo and the Grabba may be left attached while battery charging of both units takes place. Proprietary, high-tech battery management technology ensures that battery life is maximised.</p>
<p>End press release</p>

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