In a move that is sure to ruffle a few channel feathers, wireless networking vendor Symbol Technologies has announced it will invest several million dollars to develop an Australian Integration Services Centre.
The integration centre is designed to support some of the vendor's key vertical-market customers from logistics, transport and retail. The centre will also focus on the research and development of mobile and wireless systems' core architecture and software.
Although the integration facility will be used to design and project-manage system rollouts, the news isn't all bad for the channel, according to Cal Anderson, Symbol Australia/New Zealand vice president.
"The establishment of a local Symbol Integration Services Centre will also open a lot of new market opportunities to our Australian business partners, who develop application solutions comprised of Symbol wireless, hand-held barcode and data-capture devices and our wireless, RF-based technology," he said.
The centre will also work closely with local application developers, claims Anderson, to ensure that "best-of-breed" end-to-end solutions are delivered to Australian and international customers.
Linking with Symbol's development facilities in Atlanta, London, Pittsburgh and San Jose, the Australian Integration Centre will focus on the development of the vendor's retail sector product lines such as Symbol's Portable Shopping System, Mobile Point of Sale, StoreWave Application Suite, and the Price Checker System.
Symbol, a manufacturer of barcode readers for retail stores, also makes hubs, network interface cards, portable phones and Palm III-based handheld computers for wireless LANs.