SOURCE: Socket Mobile

December 02, 2008 06:30 ET

Amadeus Selects Socket for Mobile Point of Sale System for Restaurants

SoMo® 650 Mobilizes Restaurant Personnel, Maximizing the Service Quality and Guest Experience

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced a partnership with Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry. Amadeus will pair the Socket Mobile SoMo® 650 handheld computer with its mobile Point of Sale (POS) system for restaurants to create an expandable solution to help wait staff take and process guest orders quicker and more efficiently.

The SoMo 650 handheld computer with 128 MB of storage and 624 MHz of processing speed is combined with the Amadeus Restaurant Management System software and stationary POS system. With the mobile solution, a waiter can place the entire order directly from the table, and with one click wirelessly transmit it to the stationary POS system, making the order immediately accessible for the kitchen staff. Amadeus also employs the InfoGenesis software from Agilysys in the POS solution. The software displays the information on the stationary terminal, where the staff can close orders and manage the payment.

Offering a broad portfolio of technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, Amadeus also chose the SoMo 650 for the quality of the device and the flexibility it offers. Peripherals for the SoMo 650, including bar code scanners and RFID or magnetic card swipe readers, expand the devices' flexibility for applications within the hospitality sector. This allows companies to grow with the mobile solution, instead of finding a new device for each application. The solution is also Wi-Fi enabled and comes with software allowing easy WLAN installation.

Amadeus has already implemented the mobile POS in several hotel restaurants, including the Ringberg Hotel in Suhl, Germany and the Spa Therme Blumau, Austria.

"In a challenging economic environment, it is more important than ever for the hospitality industry to offer compelling services in order to maintain and grow the customer base on a long term basis," said Bob Zink, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Socket Mobile. "The SoMo 650 is an affordable, durable solution and its flexibility allows restaurants and hotels to expand the solution for other areas without switching to a new device and software. Bundled with our warranty program, it is a solution that lasts for years, assuring a high return on investment."

About Amadeus

Amadeus offers a full range of technology and distribution solutions to the hotel industry. Amadeus Revenue Management System can increase a hotel property's revenue by 4 - 8% and currently has 1,450 customers in 35 countries. 6,700 hotel properties in 75 countries use Amadeus Property Management System and 80,000 hotels distribute their rooms to a global travel-buying market though Amadeus' distribution solutions.

Amadeus has central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters & marketing), Nice (development) and Erding (Operations - data processing centre) and regional offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and Bangkok. At market level, Amadeus maintains customer operations in 76 countries covering more than 217 markets.

The company is majority owned by WAM Acquisition, whose shareholders are BC Partners, Cinven, Air France, Iberia and Lufthansa. Amadeus employs over 8,500 employees worldwide, representing 95 nationalities.

More information about Amadeus is available at: http://www.amadeus.com/hotels

About Socket Mobile

Socket Mobile makes mobility computing and productivity work. The company is a one-stop supplier of mobile computing hardware systems, offering a handheld mobile computer specifically designed for business mobility use and an extensive portfolio of essential mobile data collection and networking peripherals that enable mobile automation and productivity increases. The company also offers OEM solutions. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or www.socketmobile.com

Socket and SoMo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Mobile, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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