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Qualcomm Announces Availability of Security Features for OmniTRACS Satellite Mobile Communications Solution

— Solutions Enable Added Features for Driver and Load Safety, Security

– October 04, 2004 – Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in providing wireless data solutions, today announced the availability of new security features for the OmniTRACS® satellite mobile communications solution. The new features include the availability of a Vehicle Immobilization Device and a Security Integration Package.

The new product capabilities enrich the security of the OmniTRACS solution, offering enhanced protection to high-value and hazardous materials cargo and personnel. The new features include:

  • Vehicle Immobilization Device (VID): The VID, when connected to the OmniTRACS mobile communications solution, enables the authorized operator of the truck to put the vehicle into a “restricted mobility” condition. When used with the Wireless Panic Button—a wireless transmitter for use outside the vehicle—the VID feature increases the security of a truck’s load and its driver. In addition to working with the VID, the Wireless Panic Button allows drivers to send emergency notifications with their current locations. Panic message alerts are simultaneously sent to the customer’s dispatch and Qualcomm’s Network Operations Center. Qualcomm has deployed thousands of Wireless Panic Buttons with U.S. customers.
  • Security Integration Package: OmniTRACS now has available, Qualcomm’s high-value or high-risk load monitoring application, allowing companies to customize the frequency of vehicle position reports based on commodity codes, high-risk areas or out-of-route violations. Companies can receive an exception alert if a vehicle has made an unauthorized stop or trailer drop, turns off the truck’s ignition prior to delivery or fails to report in to dispatch in keeping with the customer’s set parameters. In addition, customized route alerts can be dispatched via pager or e-mail to specified users according to the severity of the exception.

“These new features increase the security value proposition of OmniTRACS for hazardous materials and high-value cargo carriers,” said Mark Bauckman, director of business development for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. “By leveraging OmniTRACS and its new features, carriers can now raise the in-transit visibility of their fleets while improving productivity and security.”

The Vehicle Immobilization Device and Security Integration Package have already been deployed with a number of high-value cargo and hazardous materials carriers throughout the United States.

Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the introduction of the OmniTRACS mobile communications solution provided transportation companies with an innovative and effective way of managing logistics. Today, Qualcomm’s fleet management solutions continue to set the standard by offering products and services that meet and exceed the demands of a constantly changing marketplace.

Qualcomm is the industry’s global leader in providing high-value wireless data solutions with Network Operations Centers that process more than nine million transactions each day. Qualcomm has shipped more than 523,000 Qualcomm mobile solutions to businesses in more than 39 countries on four continents.

Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the extent and speed to which OmniTRACS products are deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.

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