Socket Communications has enhanced its data collection product offering by enabling Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry 7290 and 7100 series devices to support Socket's bar code scanning solutions. The Socket Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) Series 7 connects to BlackBerry devices using Bluetooth wireless technology, enabling users to scan bar code data directly into any application on the device as virtual keystrokes.

SocketScan, the keyboard wedge application shipped with every CHS Series 7 product, reads bar code data directly into any BlackBerry application without the need for additional programming. The software includes Socket's exclusive patent-pending Error Proof Protocol that allows for real-time validation of data and notification to the user in case of error. A beeper in the scanner confirms the BlackBerry has accurately received the transmission of data. Additionally, the CHS product line features a powerful Class 1 Bluetooth radio, enabling users to stay connected to their desktop, laptop and mobile device at distances of up to 300 ft.

The Entry Level CHS 7E uses CMOS linear imaging technology, and scans most popular linear (1D) bar code symbologies. The Mid-Range 7M and ruggedized Performance-level 7P models are based on Class 1 and Class 2 laser engines, respectively, featuring Fuzzy Logic for reading damaged, poorly printed or hard-to-read bar code labels and extended bar code symbologies support, such as RSS-14 and RSS-Composite. The CHS Series 7 also includes a built-in touch screen stylus tip to facilitate one-handed use and is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the palm of a hand.

Socket's CHS Series 7 products are available now through Socket's worldwide distribution channels for $398 (CHS 7E), $598 (CHS 7M) and $698 (CHS 7P), or directly from the Socket Web site at