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Symbol Technologies has unveiled a new rugged handheld computer for enterprise mobility systems.

"The new MC3000 is a lighter, more compact and more versatile device to replace Symbol`s PDC 3100 that was very successful in the South African retail space," says Max Stone, Symbol Africa country manager.

"The most significant advances of the MC3000 is its compact design for ease of use and the move away from a quasi-proprietary DOS-based operating system to Microsoft`s Windows Compact Edition operating system, which is much more practical and flexible from a support and development perspective," explains Stone.

"The new MC3000 handheld is bundled with Symbol`s mobility management software to provide a solution aimed at the retail, transportation and logistics industries for scan-intensive tasks such as inventory replenishment, price audits and warehouse receiving," says Chester Pribonic, Symbol mobile computing VP.

Stone says the MC3000, which will be available locally soon, features advanced scanning and imaging technologies, integrated 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi connectivity, and support for Symbol`s Mobility Services Platform for monitoring and managing the handhelds in real-time.

"Symbol has partnered with development tool providers, including IBM, MCL Technologies, Odyssey Software and Wavelink, to simplify the migration of retailers` current DOS-based solutions to the Windows CE .Net environment," says Stone.

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