SOURCE: Socket Mobile, Inc.

Socket Mobile, Inc.

July 13, 2010 06:30 ET

Socket Mobile Expands Barcode Scanner Compatibility With RIM BlackBerry Smartphones

BlackBerry Users Can Quickly and Easily Add High-Volume Barcode Scanning Capabilities to Their Smartphones

NEWARK, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced expanded compatibility of the Socket Bluetooth® Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7 with BlackBerry® smartphones including the Bold, Curve, Pearl, Storm and Tour.

The CHS Series 7 brings industrial-class barcode scanning into a lightweight, pocket-sized form factor and is available in 2D and 1D scanning options with either standard or antimicrobial casing, which protects the device against the multiplication and spread of harmful bacteria and microbes and is a popular choice in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Socket provides free SocketScan software, which enables the CHS to connect to any BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing easy integration by an IT team or individual users.

"One of the key areas where we're seeing increased opportunities for barcode scanning applications on smartphones is in the healthcare industry. According to Manhattan Research, 64 percent of physicians use smartphones, and that number is expected to grow to 81 percent by 2012," said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. "Popular applications for barcode scanning to smartphones in healthcare include patient identification, medication administration, documentation and inventory and asset management."

"Many healthcare clinicians experience mobile device overload, so enabling them to accomplish more tasks with one device helps them be more effective in patient care," said Chu. "BlackBerry is currently the number one smartphone of choice for both physicians and home care providers, and with the CHS, healthcare workers can seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate valuable 2D and 1D barcode scanning functionality into a device they are already using on a day-to-day basis."

RIM will be demonstrating the CHS and Blackberry live at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center in booth #1305, July 12-16, and at the Syclo Mobile Conference in downtown Chicago at the Swissôtel Chicago, July 14-16.

SocketScan for BlackBerry is available now for all 1D versions of the Socket Bluetooth CHS, and will be available for all 2D versions (7X, 7XRx) in Q4 2010. For a complete list of compatible BlackBerry smartphone models and to download SocketScan software for BlackBerry, please visit www.socketmobile.com/blackberry

View the demo video of the Socket CHS with the BlackBerry 9700 or visit the Socket CHS Web page to learn more about Socket barcode scanning solutions with smartphones.

About Socket Mobile, Inc. 
With more than 18 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 automatic identification and data collection 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 www.socketmobile.com.

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

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