SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

August 30, 2011 06:30 ET

Cook Medical Selects Socket Barcode Scanners and Apple® iPhones

540 Units to Be Deployed for Healthcare Field Service and Inventory Control Application

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2011) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced the selection of the Socket Bluetooth® Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7XiRx by Cook Medical, the world's largest privately owned medical device manufacturing company that pioneered many of the innovative medical devices now commonly used to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Cook Medical represents the first volume customer for the Socket CHS 7XiRx and is using the barcode scanner in conjunction with the Apple iPhone to monitor customer and field-based inventories of medical devices with their application, Cook Scan.

"Many of our field reps were already using iPhones, so when we set out to add a barcode scanner into the mix we were looking for something robust and reliable that could be easily customized to work flawlessly with our application and the iPhone," said Scott Todd, sales operations manager at Cook Medical. "The CHS 7XiRx coupled with the SocketScan 10 SDK really fit the bill -- the technical documentation is great; between that and the sample code, we were able to glean everything we needed for implementation within four weeks."

"The Cook Scan solution reduces the amount of time that our field-based representatives need to spend tracking their inventory and also increases data accuracy," said Todd. "It also helps provide more effective inventory management by keeping a closer watch of inventory turns, and allows us to rotate products that are nearing expiration."

The Cook Scan solution will be initially deployed in the United States and Canada to over 600 field representatives for use with their inventories, and will be used in over 1,000 hospitals to manage consignment inventories.

"As the number of applications for smartphones and tablets continues to grow, particularly in the field service sector and within the healthcare market segment, it is increasingly important to have a high-performance barcode scanner that is capable of preserving data accuracy while also being compatible with a range of operating systems and platforms popular among end users," said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile.

The Apple iOS certified CHS 7Xi and 7XiRx and the associated SocketScan 10 SDK are highly versatile barcode scanning tools that enable developers to add commercial-grade rapid and robust barcode scanning capabilities to their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch applications. The SDK also supports many other smartphone, tablet, notebook and desktop platforms, including Android, BlackBerry and Windows.

About Cook Medical
Founded in 1963, Cook Medical pioneered many of the medical devices now commonly used to perform minimally invasive medical procedures throughout the body. Today, the company integrates medical devices, drugs and biologic grafts to enhance patient safety and improve clinical outcomes. Since its inception, Cook has operated as a family-held private corporation. For more information, visit Follow Cook Medical on Twitter @cookmedicalpr.

About Socket Mobile
With more than 19 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals designed specifically for business mobility deployments and to enable productivity increases and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other vertical markets. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

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