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Symbol Technologies introduces new enterprise wireless networking switch for branch office mobility

  • 24 February, 2004 17:19

<p>Symbol WS 2000 wireless switch delivers advanced mobile services, reduces infrastructure costs for remote networking</p>
<p>Melbourne - 24 February 2004 - Symbol Technologies, The Enterprise Mobility Company, has introduced a new wireless switch designed to dramatically lower enterprise costs of deploying, managing, and maintaining Wi-Fi mobile networks in the branch office.</p>
<p>The Symbol WS 2000 Wireless Switch (WS 2000) provides a single system encompassing the security, management, and mobility capabilities necessary to create an enterprise class Wi-Fi wireless network. The WS 2000, which simplifies infrastructure deployments, can be centrally managed from network operation centres (NOCs) and replicated across multiple site locations for network design consistency.</p>
<p>This centralised wireless architecture, pioneered by Symbol, has gained significant industry recognition, because it simplifies some of the complexities involved in branch office wireless networking, such as:
* A set of networking services which are delivered through several point-products, including:
- Ethernet switch
- Power-over-Ethernet (POE) hub
- "Thick" Wi-Fi access points security server
- Server for storage and delivery of mobile applications</p>
<p>* Piecing together separate products for mobility, increasing capital equipment costs and operating expenses associated with deployment and central management.</p>
<p>* Advanced services for mobility, such as, fast secure roaming and private-versus-public application specific wireless or security airwave segmentation, which are not inherent in these separate point-products.</p>
<p>"Branch offices and other remote locations can now realise the benefits of an enterprise Ethernet and Wi-Fi network with a one box solution, like the Symbol WS 2000, " said Abner Germanow, IDC Enterprise Networking Research Manager. "We expect the market growth for enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure to accelerate as customers are attracted to fast and low cost network deployments in remote environments without onsite support staff."</p>
<p>The Symbol WS 2000 is designed for wireless environments and applications at the branch office, powering wireless point-of-sale and merchandise management applications in retail stores as well as driving mobile checkout and public Wi-Fi 'hot spot' applications in franchise restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, convenience stores, petrol-stations and more.</p>
<p>"Symbol has created a powerful Wi-Fi reference architecture for mobility in the branch office," said Todd Hewlin, Symbol senior vice president of the Symbol Global Products Group. "The WS 2000 will grow with a business because it is designed with enough capacity so that future mobility features can be delivered through software enhancements, rather than hardware replacements. This product offers the right value at the right time for our customers and community of business partners."</p>
<p>The Symbol WS 2000 provides a comprehensive feature set for advanced mobile networking in a single site location. Enterprise class security features include a stateful-inspection firewall; comprehensive NAT (network access translation) server with multiple application level gateways capable of supporting 40 applications; and support for Kerberos, 802.1X/EAP, WPA, and planned support for IEEE 802.11i (when ratified); and a built-in secure Web authentication database. Comprehensive management capabilities, via SNMP (simple-network-management protocol) and the Web with secure socket layer (SSL), enable network administrators to centrally manage multiple-site deployments.</p>
<p>The new Symbol WS 2000 wireless switch provides scalability and investment protection. The product can support multiple Wi-Fi technologies, including IEEE 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g. In addition to 64 MB of onboard memory, the product includes a CompactFlash slot for additional memory and to load new security, mobility, and management features. The WS 2000 powers (via POE) low-cost Symbol AP 100 and AP 200 access ports for Wi-Fi connectivity.</p>
<p>About Symbol Technologies Pty Ltd - Australia and New Zealand
Symbol Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia and New Zealand (“The Company”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. based Symbol Technologies Inc (NYSE: SBL). Established in 1990, Symbol Technologies - The Enterprise Mobility Company™, delivers solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time, from the point of activity to the point of decision. Symbol solutions integrate advanced data capture technology, ruggedised mobile computers, wireless infrastructure, enabling software and high-ROI applications from our business partners and Symbol Enterprise Mobility Services. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions increase business productivity and velocity, reduce costs and realise competitive advantage for the world's leading retailers, transportation and logistics companies and manufacturers as well as government agencies and providers of healthcare, hospitality and security. More information is available at www.symbol.com/australia</p>
<p>For media information contact:
Samantha Lenton
Recognition PR
(03) 9600 4666
sam_lenton@recognition.com.au</p>

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