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Intermec Enters Strategic Partnership with ecom instruments to Deliver Mission-Critical Solutions for Hazardous Environments

December 13, 2011 Everett, Washington

Partnership showcases Intermec’s commitment to addressing diverse customer needs with leading-edge rugged mobile computing solutions

Intermec, Inc. (NYSE: IN) and ecom instruments, a worldwide operating manufacturer of intrinsically safe mobile solutions for over 25 years, have entered a joint partnership to develop and deliver an innovative and explosion-protected mobile computer product for key markets requiring computing solutions for hazardous environments in 2012.

"Intermec’s partnership with ecom demonstrates our continued dedication for product innovation and providing best-in-class rugged mobile computing solutions to our customers and channel partners," said Earl Thompson, senior vice president of mobile solutions business unit, Intermec. "As Intermec continues to enhance its portfolio of mission-critical solutions, we look forward to collaborating with ecom on this ground-breaking product that will help define a new industry standard for those needing the latest in explosion protection technology."

This relationship will leverage Intermec’s rugged mobile computer experience and ecom’s competence in developing portable intrinsically safe devices to bring to market leading solutions that are approved for use in hazardous areas. ecom’s technology ensures worldwide certifications for use in explosive atmospheres, ranging from global IECEx, European ATEX to the North American NEC approvals required by refineries, chemical plants, and pharmaceuticals, among others. Together, Intermec and ecom will address market demand for innovative mobile computing solutions that can withstand the rigors of use within the most hazardous environments.

"Operational pressures are continually impacting technology buying cycles for hazardous areas as businesses are looking for not only ruggedness and intrinsic safety, but a total mobile solution that enables them to perform efficiently in mission-critical environments," said Rolf Nied, president, ecom instruments. "We look forward to collaborating with Intermec on technology innovations that offer next generation mobility requirements and better empower mobile workers in hazardous areas."

"We continue to see strong demand for specialized mobile computers and communications solutions certified for use in hazardous environments with explosive atmospheres. ecom instrument's expertise in hazardous environments combined with Intermec's leading rugged handheld solutions represent a strong partnership to address this critical opportunity," according to David Krebs, VP Mobile & Wireless at VDC Research.

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About Intermec

Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops and integrates products, services and technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers, label media, and RFID. The Company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For more information about Intermec, visit or call 800-347-2636.

About ecom instruments Inc.

Through the development of intrinsically safe equipment for use in Ex-classified areas, ecom instruments has dramatically shaped this sector over the past 25 years. The company offers a wide range of solutions in its four principal product groups of Mobile Computing, Communication, Measurement & Calibration and Portable Lighting. These are used around the world for various industrial applications in the chemical and petrochemical industry, the oil and natural gas industries as well as in the pharmaceutical, mining, energy and environmental sectors. Today the company is a global market leader in the field of portable explosion-protected equipment. For more information about ecom instruments, visit

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