Ryzex, Bellingham, Wash., a mobile technology services company, has launched a contest to identify the world's oldest working barcode data collection device. “The Big Upgrade” competition provides a chance to turn old, outdated data capture equipment into new technology, with the winner receiving a new handheld computer from Psion Teklogix to replace their old legacy device. In order to be considered for the contest, participants need to provide contact and device information, including a photo of their legacy equipment in action.

“With the constant evolution of technology, what was new a year ago may be old today,” said Chris Glennon, vice president of sales and marketing for Ryzex. “Yet we know companies that have kept their data collection devices in service for more than a decade — and in fact we've helped them do it. Although a data management device may appear ancient, with ongoing support many have been able to keep their equipment on ‘life support’ way past their warranty. We're excited to uncover these with ‘The Big Upgrade’ contest.”

The deadline for submissions to the contest is Sept. 22, 2009. Additional details are available at www.bigupgrade.com.

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