Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced that R&J Trucking of Youngstown, Ohio has signed a multi-million dollar contract to purchase the Company's OmniTRACS® satellite-based information management system. Terms of the agreement included the purchase of 500 mobile communication units, IBM AS/400 hardware, business solutions software and integrated system applications.
Strengthened by the purchase of McCormick and Associates and its expanding software group, Qualcomm is fast becoming the business solutions provider of choice. "We wanted to take an integrated approach that would ensure our investments in technology will produce the highest results in yield and utilization," said Gary Carrocce, vice president of R&J Operations. "Qualcomm is more than just a mobile communications company, it is a complete information systems provider." Qualcomm is currently the only single-source provider of business solutions software, mobile communications hardware and integration consulting services to the transportation industry.
One of the largest bulk commodities haulers between Chicago and the East Coast, R&J decided it was time to upgrade its entire operation and invest in "leading edge" technology. "We chose Qualcomm because they have the ability to provide us with everything we need," said Carrocce. "Qualcomm is recognized for its high standards, proven technology and excellent customer service. We are confident the OmniTRACS system will improve our efficiency, be a great selling tool and benefit our drivers."
Although OmniTRACS terminals have only been installed for two weeks, R&J drivers are learning the ease with which the system operates and according to Carrocce, "The phones aren't ringing, our dispatchers are able to better plan loads and handle the fleet more efficiently. Now we have more time to focus our attention on our customers."
"We're taking the guesswork out of the mobile communications industry by providing solutions to our customers' communications, information and operational needs," said John Sarto, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's OmniTRACS division. "Just as R&J is committed to investing in technology, we are committed to investing in the future of the industry."
Qualcomm is the world leader in providing satellite communications, tracking and information systems to the trucking industry. With more than 145,000 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.