Zebra Technologies Announces New Relationship with Panasonic to Provide E- Citation Solution to Public Safety Organizations
Relationship Creates Opportunity for Panasonic to Sell Solution Within North American Distribution Channels
Lincolnshire, IL, April 4, 2012─Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a recognised global leader in technologies that extend real-time visibility into operations, today announced a new relationship with Panasonic. The relationship combines Zebra's versatile RW™ Series of mobile printerswith Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers into a solution that helps public safety organisations streamline the issuing and tracking of citations.
"In North America, more public safety departments are turning to electronic citation applications because they reduce the time officers spend writing tickets and increase time spent on patrol," said Tom Sheahen, vice president, channel distribution sales for Zebra Technologies. "We are excited to collaborate with Panasonic to offer this technological innovation within the public safety sector."
Law enforcement agencies issue millions of traffic and infraction citations every year. Electronic citations (e-citations), a mobile ticketing solution in which a field officer generates tickets by using a tablet or handheld computer and a mobile printer onsite, help public safety agencies better allocate resources. By replacing the manual process of writing tickets by hand with an e-citation solution, it allows field officers to issue more tickets in less time, which helps them to focus on patrolling and protecting the public. Also, all citation information is entered into the mobile computer, eliminating the need to deliver paper copies to local court offices or for multiple data entry. Additionally, e-citations considerably diminish the amount of time an officer is out of the vehicle and exposed to passing traffic, thereby increasing safety.
"Thousands of public safety organisations rely on our suite of Toughbook® mobile computers in the field to complete their mission critical day-to-day tasks," said Scott French, vice president of public sector sales for Panasonic. "Our partnership with Zebra provides an end to end solution for processes such as e-citation that leads to greater departmental efficiencies, officer safety and focus on their core mission of protecting the public."
The relationship allows Panasonic to sell Zebra printers within its existing line of distribution channels and partners in North America. The solution includes the Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers coupled with the Zebra RW™ 220 and RW™ 420 mobile printers and related accessories, to allow maximum portability while maintaining quality and resilience when in the field. The lightweight design of the RW Series creates ease of use for the operator, ensuring legible citations are generated regardless of location or environmental conditions.
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About Zebra Technologies
A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides enabling technologies that allow customers to take smarter actions. Our extensive portfolio of barcode, receipt, card, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies, as well as real-time location solutions give a digital voice to assets, people and transactions that provides greater visibility into mission-critical information.
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About Panasonic Solutions for Business
Through its broad range of integrated business technology solutions, Panasonic empowers professionals to do their best work. Customers in government, healthcare, production, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to reach their full potential, achieve competitive advantage and improve outcomes. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, high definition visual conferencing, projectors, professional displays and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).
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About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2011-Report/BestGlobalGreenBrandsTable-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.