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Coca-Cola Enterprises to roll out ruggedised handheld computers from Symbol Technologies to 28,000 mobile workers

  • 21 April, 2004 17:29

<p>Melbourne - 21 April 2004 - Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, today announced that Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., the world’s largest producer, bottler and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages, is purchasing Symbol’s next-generation handheld computer, the Symbol MC9000, as part of a comprehensive enterprise mobility solution for its North American and European mobile workforce.</p>
<p>Coca-Cola Enterprises is deploying the new Symbol handheld computer throughout its mobile workforce for strategic logistics, delivery and service applications to maximise efficiencies and customer service.</p>
<p>"Coca-Cola Enterprises considers Symbol a strategic technology partner with a superior enterprise mobility vision and product roadmap. Symbol is committed to working closely with us to keep us in a technology leadership position. As a result of this partnership, we have developed a high-performance, ruggedised handheld computer customised for the beverage industry. This new technology will provide the foundation for delivering innovative mobile solutions that enhance productivity and maximise customer value," said Christopher Koterski, program manager of Mobile Computing and Cold Drink Technology, Coca-Cola Enterprises.</p>
<p>"Coca-Cola Enterprises is a pioneer of the beverage industry and has become a leader in mobile workforce enablement by providing its field team with technology that delivers information at the point of decision and allows them to better service their customers. We are delighted that Coca-Cola Enterprises selected Symbol as its strategic enterprise mobility partner," William Nuti, Symbol president and CEO said. "Coca-Cola Enterprises is counting on our mobile computing technology to set new benchmarks in the delivery of enterprise mobility solutions. We look forward to a long-term successful relationship with Coca-Cola Enterprises."</p>
<p>The new Symbol handheld computer developed with Coca-Cola Enterprises, a variation of the recently introduced Symbol MC9000-G, is rugged and reliable enabling it to work in extreme temperatures and weather conditions. It has important features that benefit Coca-Cola Enterprises workers including:<br/>
· a bright, high-resolution colour screen for easy reading indoors and outdoors; <br/>
· Symbol Spectrum24 wireless LAN communications; <br/>
· Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC for robust application development;<br/>
· the powerful 32-bit XScale processor from Intel; <br/>
· rechargeable, extended-use lithium-ion batteries.</p>
<p>The MC9000 incorporates the new Symbol imaging engine, which at one-fifth of a cubic inch is the smallest miniature bar code imaging system, combining CCD sensor technology with 'Smart Focus' technology from Symbol, plus proven intuitive laser-aiming guidance and self-illumination. The resulting benefits include outstanding performance reading both one-dimensional and two-dimensional bar code symbols from multiple angles as well as excellent image capture quality. <b></b></p>
<p>About Coca-Cola Enterprises <br/>
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is the world's largest marketer, distributor and producer of bottle and can liquid nonalcoholic refreshment. Coca-Cola Enterprises sells approximately 80 percent of The Coca-Cola Company's bottle and can volume in North America and is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco and the Netherlands. <b></b></p>
<p>About Symbol Technologies Pty Ltd - Australia and New Zealand<br/>
Established in 1990, Symbol Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia and New Zealand ("The Company") are a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. based Symbol Technologies Inc (NYSE: SBL). Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company, is a recognised worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs under the Symbol Enterprise Mobility Services brand. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realise competitive advantages for the world’s leading retailers, transportation and logistics companies, manufacturers, public sector and government agencies, as well as healthcare, hospitality and security providers. More information is available at www.symbol.com/australia<b></b></p>
<p>For media information or high resolution images contact: <br/>
Samantha Lenton, Recognition PR <br/>
Ph 03 9600 4666 <br/>
sam_lenton@recognition.com.au</p>

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