Bluetooth Barcode scanner for Wireless Mobile Solutions Opticon, Japans foremost manufacturer of barcode scanners and Mobile Computers has developed a new mobile scanning device designed specifically to provide bar-coded data to PDA’s and other mobile solutions, such as the BlackBerryTM product range. The new OPL-2724 from Opticon is an extremely small (3/4 of the volume of a Nokia 6230i mobile phone) mobile bar code scanner with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, designed to provide users with a straightforward method of capturing and communicating bar-coded information to another mobile device, such as a PDA or a BlackBerry. As a simple “scan and send” solution, the OPL-2724 can be used within 10 metres of a connected mobile device. When out of Bluetooth range the OPL-2724 can store captured data in it’s own 32KB memory for transmission once connection is re- established . “Bundled packages offered by the main airtime providers can make mobile devices like the BlackBerry and PDA style solutions a very cost effective investment. What Opticon has done is to provide a method of automating data collection to users of such hardware” Opticon has addressed the problem of introducing yet another battery charger by designing the OPL-2724 to accept standard AAA alkaline batteries. User configurable Bluetooth power management functions can significantly enhance battery life to a maximum of 30,000 scans. The device ships with T-Scan, Opticon’s own utility program that manages the placement of scanned data on Bluetooth equipped PDA’s (Windows Mobile) or Blackberry solutions.