HAND HELD PRODUCTS, the world's leading provider of image-based data capture systems, has won a major contract with Specsavers Optical Group Limited for at least 3,000 IMAGETEAM 4600 handheld scanners. These will be installed over three years, and used throughout all key areas of Specsavers' retail practices.

Specsavers has over 600 stores in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands. It is the UK's leading optician, with over 16 million registered customers. The company recently started researching alternative hardware for its barcode scanning system and discovered Hand Held Products during an Internet search. After detailed tests, it selected the IMAGETEAM 4600.

The IT4600 is a retail and commercial grade area imager with omni-directional reading capabilities, making data collection quick and easy. It incorporates Hand Held Products' sophisticated miniature image engine, designed to provide improved performance at a reduced cost. The PDF version reads postal, linear and PDF codes.

John Stokes, Specsavers' Stores Systems Consultant, says: "The IMAGETEAM 4600 has a very good and aggressive scan engine. We use micro-PDF barcodes on our spectacle frames, so it is ideal. We evaluated the unit and it gave an extremely good first time read rate. I'm very impressed by its configurability, design and ease of use, as well as its attractive price! The clinching factor was its ability to 'plug and play' in Linux as well as Microsoft Windows."

The scanners will primarily be used at the point of sale in Specsavers' stores. Ultimately, they will also be used in sight test rooms, in-store labs, contact lens areas and at dispensing points. John Stokes concludes: "We now have a very cost-effective, accurate and efficient scanner, which can be operated hands-free."

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