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Intermec announces mobile computer with wireless and GPS

Integrated GPS, 3G WAN, Cisco Compatible WiFi and Bluetooth radios give users access to voice and high-speed data wherever they go for increased productivity

Choice of area imager or 1.3 megapixel camera

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 12, 2006 - Intermec Inc. today introduced the CN3, the smallest rugged mobile computer in the world. The CN3 mobile computer is packed with communications capabilities that ensure users have access to voice and high-speed data wherever they go, for increased productivity. With integrated GPS and Bluetooth capabilities, the CN3 increases efficiency and improves safety by enabling onscreen and hands-free turn-by-turn voice navigation. With 3G WAN and Cisco Compatible WiFi connectivity, users can be connected with voice and high-speed data anywhere, increasing their flexibility and productivity. Flexibility is increased even further by the ability to choose between GSM/EDGE and CDMA/EV-DO. And the choice between area imager and 1.3 megapixel camera means CN3 users can scan and decode any kind of barcode or capture still images, such as signatures or video images that can be stored for later use or sent immediately anywhere in the world.

With the introduction of the CN3, mobile workers can set aside the multiple devices they typically must carry and maintain - cell phone, GPS unit, pager, laptop, camera - for a single device. Because the CN3 is priced lower than typical rugged WAN mobile computers and combines a form factor and level of functionality previously met only by multiple devices, the CN3 offers enterprises the opportunity to re-evaluate existing technology deployments in favor of new ones that drive improved efficiency and customer responsiveness and provide a competitive edge.

Used with mapping software, the CN3's GPS system provides turn-by-turn directions to direct package delivery, direct store delivery and field service personnel to their destinations. In addition, its 3G WAN, WiFi and Bluetooth communications systems equip mobile workers with powerful voice and data services, whether they are in the field or on premise, at a cost that makes business sense.

"The CN3 is a powerful, business-grade device, rugged enough for on-the-job use and full of the features enterprise users require, yet compact enough to slip into a pocket," said Barry Tishgart, director, Product Management, Sprint. "Mobile workers everywhere will benefit from the CN3's ability to connect them anywhere, any time, to the information and applications they need - and at EV-DO broadband speeds."

A small and thin (only 157X84X30mm) computer, CN3 includes an optional 1.3 megapixel color camera with flash that allows workers to document assets and damaged goods records at the point of transaction. Superior voice capabilities and hands-free options allow workers to increase productivity throughout their day's work.

The CN3 is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack, including Direct Push Technology for wireless e-mail, and comes with a QWERTY keyboard or an optional numeric keypad. It has 128 MB RAM, a 2D imager for scanning bar codes and a battery with enough power to last an entire shift, all housed in a case rugged enough to withstand tough work environments. The CN3's sharp color display is readable in any light, and the entire unit is rain and dust resistant for use inside and out.

"Windows Mobile 5.0 software with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack equips mobile users with tools to help them stay on top of their jobs through updated access to important e-mails, data, contacts and calendar items," said Chris Hill, group product manager, Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased that Intermec is bringing the power of Windows Mobile to a low-cost, rugged form factor, for extreme environments."

The CN3 supports Intermec's SmartSystems(TM), the ADC industry's most comprehensive system for complete device management. With SmartSystems, installation, routine maintenance, application software updates, security adjustments and device settings can be performed automatically and managed remotely, dramatically reducing field downtime and increasing efficiency.

The CN3's standards-based design makes it easy and cost effective to integrate into most enterprises. It supports Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) for seamless interoperability in Cisco infrastructures.

Intermec is a leader in supply chain technology innovations that improve productivity and reduce total cost of ownership for its customers. The CN3 was announced today at i-comm, Intermec's annual customer conference, held this year in Toronto, Canada.

The CN3 will be available worldwide in Q4 2006.

About Intermec
Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations.
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