Follett Software Co. introduced a new wireless scanning device that gives librarians, teachers, and other school staff members the ability to get instant access to their library and textbook information from anywhere within range of their school’s wireless network. Built for users of Follett’s Destiny series of resource-management applications, the Follett Falcon combines the freedom of wireless access with high-performance barcode scanning and PDA technology, Follett said. Teachers and textbook managers can use the Falcon with Follett’s Destiny Textbook Manager software, and librarians and media specialists can use the device with Destiny Library Manager, to quickly circulate books or take inventory wherever the books are kept, saving time and increasing accuracy. The Falcon is a durable, lightweight handheld computer that can access Follett’s Destiny software in real time using the Microsoft Windows CE.NET 4.2 platform. It features a large, color LCD display, an internal pop-up keyboard, an external stylus, and a built-in scanner for easy data input. More than 4,000 schools in 200 districts across the U.S. and Canada have adopted the Destiny resource-management system since its introduction less than two years ago, Follett said.

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