Motorola, Inc. has created the MC55 mobile computer. With a 3.5-inch display, it is the smallest and lightest addition to the company's family of devices for mobile workforces. Drawing on Motorola's mobile computer platform architecture, the MC55 combines the functionality of a cell phone, two-way radio, barcode scanner, digital camera and mobile computer into a compact and lightweight design. It can be deployed in the retail, healthcare, field service, government and public safety sectors. The new device utilizes the GSM/GPRS/EDGE standard for wireless wide-area networks. It supports a number of real-time, location-based applications, including directions for drivers, fleet location, geo-fencing and "bread-crumbing" for dispatchers. The MC55 is available in two models and a variety of configurations. It includes a full keyboard. The MC5590 offers wireless 802.11a/b/g/ and Bluetooth connectivity. The MC5574 comes equipped with wireless WAN (WANN), wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth to support workers in the field. A 2-megapixel auto-focus, high-resolution color camera can be added to either the scanner or imager to allow for capture of signatures or photographs. The 5590 is available through Motorola PartnerSelect members and the companies own sales force. The 5574 is available today in Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and is expected to be available in North America in the second quarter of 2009.
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