Motorola, Symbol, others announce new technology

Motorola and three other vendors are joining forces in a $US500 million venture to develop a new company to provide scanning technology for mobile phones and other devices.

Motorola last week announced that -- along with scanning company Symbol Technologies; Connect Things, an affiliate of Ericsson; and AirClic -- it will seek to bring barcode scanning technology to mobile phones, personal digital assistants, personal computers, cable TV set-top terminals and other electronic devices.

With the technology, consumers will be able scan products, advertisements and TV programs that contain a web-code reading device and go directly to related websites without having to know the internet address, according to a Motorola statement. The capabilities will let consumers do such things as online shopping and paying bills, Motorola said.

Five classes of devices will be available by the fourth quarter of the year, according to Motorola officials speaking on a press teleconference. Companies will have to pay a registration fee to be in listed in the web-code database, they said. The price of being listed is still to be determined, according to a Symbol official speaking on the call.

Symbol, based in Holtsville, New York, makes mobile scanning products that are used by delivery businesses and utility field workers. Connect Things will contribute high-volume database capabilities.

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