Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) announced it has signed a contract with Charleston, S.C.-based Bulldog Hiway Express to equip its flatbed and intermodal fleets with the OmniTRACS® satellite mobile communications system. Prior to choosing Qualcomm, Bulldog worked with an alternative mobile communications supplier, who was unable to meet its implementation needs and software requirements. Installation of 200 units has begun, with completion expected in the first quarter of 1996.
"We knew Qualcomm had an excellent product, but we mistakenly thought we couldn't afford it," said Phil Byrd, chief operating officer for Bulldog. "When our former mobile communications supplier didn't meet our timing requirements or software integration needs, Qualcomm presented us with an excellent solution at a competitive price that would enable us to get our system up and running almost immediately. We are very impressed with the OmniTRACS system, the software integration capabilities and the entire Qualcomm organization."
"With increasingly competitive conditions in the transportation industry and the need to meet more complex customer requirements, Bulldog came to us with a challenge," said John Sarto, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's OmniTRACS division. "They asked us to help them with their ongoing commitment to improve productivity and service quality while increasing employee and customer satisfaction. We welcome Bulldog to our family of customers and look forward to continuing to meet the expectations they have placed upon us."
One hundred OmniTRACS units have already been shipped to Bulldog's Flatbed Division, which serves the eastern half of the United States with continuous movement service. The balance of the units will be installed in Bulldog's Intermodal Division, which serves the port of Charleston with import/export transportation throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Qualcomm is the world leader in providing satellite communications, tracking and fleet management solutions to the trucking industry. With more than 140,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm has systems operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan and Malaysia.
Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The company's primary product areas include the OmniTRACS system (a geostationary satellite-based mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar® low-earth-orbit(LEO) satellite communications system. Other company products include the Eudora Pro® electronic mail software, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide.