SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

May 13, 2008 06:30 ET

Fujitsu and Socket Mobile Form Strategic Partnership to Improve Mobile Data Collection

Partnership Draws on Expertise of Both Companies to Offer Wireless Bar Code Scanning and Payment Solutions That Significantly Enhance Customer Service

SUNNYVALE, CA and NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT) and Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced a strategic partnership and plans for joint product offerings aimed at improving mobile data collection in a variety of industries. Combining the mobile data collection capabilities of Socket Mobile with the tablet and ultra-mobile computing expertise of Fujitsu will offer trusted, proven solutions for improving customer service by increasing the tools available to mobile workers.

The initial offering from this partnership is a mobile data collection and payment solution for the retail industry that enables workers in a retail environment to scan bar codes, swipe credit cards and finalize sales from anywhere in the store. The combined solution features the Socket Mobile CF Mag Stripe Reader, which reads and transfers magnetic stripe data into any Windows application running on the Fujitsu LifeBook® P1620 convertible tablet PC, creating a mobile Point of Sale (POS) terminal. When this combined device is used in conjunction with the Socket Mobile Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS), which scans and sends bar code data to the terminal via Bluetooth, it will create a complete, integrated payment solution, enabling sale completion directly from the sales floor.

With the solution in place, retail workers can scan the bar code on the physical product with the CHS, send the information to the tablet PC, swipe the credit card information with the CF Mag Stripe Reader and have the customer sign for and complete the transaction from anywhere in the store. This will enable retailers to greatly streamline the transaction process and enhance worker productivity and customer satisfaction. Offering a level of mobile computing power previously not available in the retail industry, the POS solution will be available to Fujitsu corporate customers and its resellers via the Fujitsu business-to-business e-commerce website.

While the initial focus of the partnership is targeting and meeting the needs of the retail industry, the portability and computing benefits offered by both companies will make future solutions applicable for any industry that requires mobile scanning and data collection capabilities, such as healthcare, automotive or the public sector, supporting mobile workers in a number of different environments.

"Socket Mobile shares our commitment to empowering mobile workers by increasing the range of tasks they can accomplish and the efficiency with which they accomplish them," said Paul Moore, senior director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu Computer Systems. "This partnership will help a variety of industries simplify data collection tasks, streamline operations and mobilize workers who have traditionally been behind the counter -- benefits that will directly improve customer satisfaction and retail sales closures."

The Fujitsu LifeBook P1620 tablet PC has historically been popular among highly mobile workers. It weighs 2.2 pounds, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and offers advanced security features like a pre-boot authentication security panel and fingerprint sensor, allowing sales associates to easily and safely carry the tablet while staying connected anywhere in the store. It also runs full Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, which can help eliminate the need for additional development work and maintenance costs resulting from running multiple environments.

"We look forward to further innovation with Fujitsu and the opportunity to mobilize a countless number of workers," said Bob Zink, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Socket Mobile. "Mobile data collection has grown from a luxury to an absolute necessity and this partnership will help better serve that demand. Workers in the retail industry will be the initial beneficiaries of this solution, but the benefits it offers and the challenges it addresses extend across a variety of sectors."


The mobile payment solution is available from the Fujitsu business-to-business e-commerce website. Please visit or call 1-800-831-3183 for details.

About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE® strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world's leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See for further information.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 160,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.3 trillion yen (US$53 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. For more information, please see:

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 Mobile is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or

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