SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

June 23, 2009 06:30 ET

Socket Mobile Establishes STAR Program

Socket Third-Party Accessory Recommendation Program Expands Options for Mobile Workforce

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced the inauguration of the Socket Third-party Accessory Recommendation (STAR) Program. Designed to provide customers with proven third-party solutions that enhance the capabilities of the Socket SoMo® 650 handheld computer, the STAR Program consists of multiple vendor partners who offer products that have been tested and verified for use with Socket hardware.

STAR Program partners are selected to participate based on their product offerings that are compatible for use with Socket hardware, but also provide a sufficient value-add for Socket users. Each accessory product undergoes a rigorous testing process before becoming certified by Socket for recommendation under the STAR Program. Initial program participants include SpringCard, Seal Shield, Taylor Made Cases, Kenetics Group Ltd. and Uniform Industrial Corporation (UIC), all of whom provide a range of product options for the SoMo 650 handheld computer including contact and contactless smart card, mag stripe and RFID readers, UHF RFID readers, cases and keyboards.

"We believe the STAR Program is a great benefit for Socket customers who are looking to expand the capabilities of their hardware deployments with contact and contactless smart cards," said Guy Aeschelmann, director of sales at SpringCard. "In circumstances where a smartcard reader is a required component of a handheld mobile solution, it's good to know that the STAR Program makes it easy to find a vendor that supplies the additional component and that it's tested and verified to work with their SoMo 650."

"Seal Shield is excited to be included as a STAR Program member," said Greg Hengber, vice president of operations at Seal Shield. "By offering our antimicrobial, washable keyboards as a certified accessory, we provide Socket customers the ability to complete their medical mobility solution set without sacrificing its antimicrobial protection."

"The addition of the STAR Program to the Socket product family is a big step forward for the company, our resellers and our customers in terms of building on the diverse set of applications for which the SoMo can be utilized," said Ron Gibbs, Sr. product manager and STAR Program manager. "Socket knows that mobile hardware deployments are not a one size fits all situation. We want our resellers and customers to be able to configure their hardware into an overall solution that works for them and the easier we can make this process, the better the outcome for all involved."

For more information visit the STAR Program website.

About Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket 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

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