A WIRELESS BURLINGTON

NEW YORK — Burlington Coat Factory is going wireless.
The off-price chain has signed a deal with Telxon Corp., a global designer and manufacturer of mobile information and wireless communications systems, to get a high-speed wireless information and computing system up and running at Burlington stores across the country.
The wireless system provides a range of solutions for communications and data, from back-office operations to the point of sale. Each store is being equipped with Telxon PTC-960SL mobile computers, wireless cash registers and fixed-position work stations.
In the stores where the system is currently installed, Burlington is running multiple end-user mobile applications, including receiving, price look-up, price changes and store transfers.
The new order, to supply Telxon mobile computers and IEEE 802.11b compliant 11Mbps wireless local area network (LAN) architecture, will expand to more than 50 the number of Burlington stores equipped with a wireless LAN infrastructure. The LAN infrastructure offers subsecond response time to its end users.
Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. of Burlington, N.J., sells coats and a wide range of other merchandise through its 285 stores nationwide.
The wireless LAN system at Burlington features Telxon’s OpenAirGATETM and AirBEAM¿ wireless network management software running on a Red HatTM LinuxTM in-store software-based system.
Mike Prince, Burlington’s vice president and chief information officer, said, “We are delighted to be one of the nation’s first retailers to deploy a wireless LAN infrastructure based on the new IEEE 802.11b compliant 11Mbps spread spectrum radio technology.
“The wireless store system designed and installed by Telxon is very sophisticated and demonstrates Telxon’s industry-leading expertise in wireless networking and mobile computing. Telxon’s total solutions approach has enabled us to move closer to our goal of 100 percent wireless transaction processing in all our stores.”