BlackBerry Barcode Scanner now available from Socket Mobile

Posted July 13, 2010

BlackBerry users can quickly and easily add high-volume barcode scanning capabilities to their smartphones

Socket Mobile, announced expanded compatibility of the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7 with BlackBerry® smartphones including the Bold™, Curve™, Pearl™, Storm™ and Tour™.

The CHS Series 7 brings industrial-class barcode scanning into a lightweight, pocket-sized form factor and is available in 2D and 1D scanning options with either standard or antimicrobial casing, which protects the device against the multiplication and spread of harmful bacteria and microbes and is a popular choice in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Socket provides free SocketScan™ software, which enables the CHS to connect to any BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing easy integration by an IT team or individual users.
“One of the key areas where we’re seeing increased opportunities for barcode scanning applications on smartphones is in the healthcare industry. According to Manhattan Research, 64 percent of physicians use smartphones, and that number is expected to grow to 81 percent by 2012,” said Samantha Chu, data collection product manager at Socket Mobile. “Popular applications for barcode scanning to smartphones in healthcare include patient identification, medication administration, documentation and inventory and asset management.”

“Many healthcare clinicians experience mobile device overload, so enabling them to accomplish more tasks with one device helps them be more effective in patient care,” said Chu. “BlackBerry is currently the number one smartphone of choice for both physicians and home care providers, and with the CHS, healthcare workers can seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate valuable 2D and 1D barcode scanning functionality into a device they are already using on a day-to-day basis.”

SocketScan for BlackBerry is available now for all 1D versions of the Socket Bluetooth CHS, and will be available for all 2D versions (7X, 7XRx) in Q4 2010.

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