SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

July 10, 2012 06:30 ET

LightSpeed Partners With Socket Mobile to Bring Interactive Point of Sale Experience to Retail

LightSpeed for iPad Application Combines Socket Barcode Scanners With Apple® iPad® to Create Mobile, Interactive Sales Tool

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced a partnership with LightSpeed, a leading technology company that is reinventing the retail experience with the industry's first interactive point of sale system, combining next-level personalized selling with inventory scanning, wireless payments and powerful intuitive retail tools for Mac OS® and iOS.

The collaboration pairs the Socket Bluetooth® Cordless Hand Scanner™ (CHS) Series 7 barcode scanners with the LightSpeed for iPad application. The application, which has already generated thousands of downloads since its release, allows retailers to quickly scan items to check inventory, show more detail, and complete point-of-sale transactions without ever leaving the customers' side.

"We are excited to partner with Socket Mobile as it will enable our customers to maximize the efficiencies of the sales process," commented Dax Dasilva, founder and chief executive officer of LightSpeed. "The combination of the LightSpeed for iPad solution with Socket Mobile's Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner will empower retailers to spend more time engaging customers, eliminate lengthy checkout lines, and ultimately, lead to more sales."

The CHS 7Ci -- certified for the Apple iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod® touch -- is the newest in Socket's line of Bluetooth cordless handheld barcode scanners. Positioned at a lower price point than other scanners in the series, the CHS 7Ci is a 1D imager-based linear barcode reader that can decode both printed barcodes and barcodes displayed on device screens.

"The CHS 7Ci is ideal for the retail industry, and Socket Mobile is pleased to partner with LightSpeed to offer a powerful, interactive POS solution to this growing market," said Mike Gifford, executive vice president at Socket Mobile. "Traditionally, sales associates were tied to POS stations once a transaction required scanning, forcing customers to come to them when ready to make a purchase or ask about inventory. With robust applications like LightSpeed for iPad, the Bluetooth-enabled CHS 7Ci allows retailers to take the transaction to the customer, allowing an increase in customer satisfaction and ultimately, an increase in sales."

Socket also offers the CHS 7Xi, an Apple certified 2D barcode scanner. In addition to Apple iOS, the CHS 7Ci and 7Xi are also compatible with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems. Developers who want to customize an iOS application for the CHS 7Ci must use version 10.0.8 or later of the SocketScan 10 SDK. To learn more, please visit the SDK webpage.

The LightSpeed for iPad app is a free download on the iTunes App Store and requires a LightSpeed Server with one available user license per iPad client, available for purchase from LightSpeed Sales or a local LightSpeed reseller. LightSpeed for iPad requires an iPad or iPad 2 running iOS 5 or higher.

About LightSpeed
LightSpeed is a leading technology company that is reinventing the retail experience for iGeneration shoppers, who were raised on Macs, iPods, iPhones and iPads. LightSpeed's complete and seamless software combines innovative Point of Sale and back-office management on LightSpeed for Mac, interactive selling on LightSpeed for iPad and Mobile, a fully integrated LightSpeed eCommerce solution, and a scalable platform that is multi-user, multi-store, and extensible via a developer API. LightSpeed has built a global sales channel of more than 400 resellers operating in 28 countries and has become the POS solution of choice for more than 8,000 retailers around the world. For more information on LightSpeed, please visit

About Socket Mobile, Inc. 
With 20 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 +1-510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

Socket and Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Mobile. Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a trademark of Apple Inc. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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