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Award-winning WS5100 Wireless Switch and RF Management Software Takes Enterprise Mobility to Next Level

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company(tm), today announced the latest version of its award-winning WS5100 wireless switch. Based on the Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) architecture, Symbol's WS5100 wireless switch provides enhanced support for enterprise mobility and multimedia applications, security and manageability.

Version 3.0 of the Symbol WS5100 wireless switch enables flexible deployment of access ports in either Layer 2 or Layer 3 networks and seamless campus-wide roaming of mobile users for true enterprise mobility, as well as switch clustering for high-performance wireless networking, resiliency and scalability. New security features include integrated enhanced intrusion detection and RF monitoring, an IPSec VPN (virtual private network) gateway and secure guest access provisioning.

Koninklijke KPN N.V. (KPN) provides international business customers in the Netherlands with voice, Internet and data services in addition to fully managed outsourced information communication technology solutions. "As a leader in mobile telecommunications, in multiple countries, we create and look for scalable technologies that bring efficiencies and promises of future growth," said Edwin Rademaker, KPN's senior product manager, Application Services. "Symbol's WS5100 wireless switch with the Wi-NG architecture will enable the abstraction of the RF layer for the deployment and management of current and emerging RF technologies. The key benefit with the Wi-NG architecture is the ability to centrally manage multiple wireless technologies on a single platform."

Available on the latest WS5100 wireless switch, Layer 3 mobility allows mobile users to maintain seamless connectivity to applications such as voice and video as they roam throughout the enterprise campus. Layer 3 mobility with clustering capability allows the WS5100 wireless switch to be cost-effectively deployed in large enterprise campuses. In addition, Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) with "power save" extensions also provides additional voice capacity and battery life savings of WMM-capable mobile devices.

"As businesses like KPN continue to realize cost savings and productivity increases from the deployment of enterprise mobility solutions, the role of the wireless network takes on more importance both now and in the future," said Anthony Bartolo, vice president of Symbol's Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions. "Business needs should dictate network coverage, not the other way around. With the latest software on our WS5100 wireless switch, supporting mobile workers and taking enterprise mobility to the next level has never been easier."

Manage and Control Your RF Domain

Integration with Symbol's RF Management software provides monitoring and management of wireless devices throughout the spectrum to help ensure maximum up-time and peak performance of the network system, as well as the ability to plan, evaluate and monitor the network. Symbol's RF Management software suite includes a location engine and Wireless Intrusion Protection System (Wireless IPS) that enables businesses to securely deploy applications, and track assets. Statistics including RF coverage, load balancing, redundancy, security threat level and network utilization, are graphically displayed, which allows IT managers to instantly assess network status.

A software upgrade to the latest version of the WS5100 wireless switch will be available shortly to customers with a Symbol Services support agreement.

About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company(tm), is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading companies.

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