Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) announces the introduction of a Software Certification Program (SCP) designed to provide integrated business solutions in partnership with third-party software providers. In line with current market conditions, Qualcomm has designed this program with the goal of ensuring that OmniTRACS® customers will always have access to the highest levels of integration and software support available in the industry.
"Early in the development of mobile communications, there were few established dispatch software providers," explained Tom Doyle, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm's OmniTRACS division, "and none of which offered feature-rich integration with the OmniTRACS satellite communications system. Qualcomm began offering turnkey business solutions to address this void. However, in the past few years, strong vendors have emerged providing customers with a choice of several robust, viable options. At the same time, the growth of the OmniTRACS system motivated these providers to offer the enhanced integration we want for our customers."
The SCP program will involve consistent sharing of information and cooperative developmental efforts between Qualcomm and certified software providers. It will give the customer a definition of the integration feature set to expect from certified software providers, in terms of OmniTRACS application. Qualcomm will publish and promote certified providers to OmniTRACS customers, based on their comprehensive level of integration.
"This is a positive move by Qualcomm," said Tom McLeod, president of Tom McLeod Software Corp. "Adding this Software Certification Program will ensure that OmniTRACS customers receive quality products and services."
"Given the many parties involved in the supply chain information flow, we firmly support any movement towards standardization," said Tom Weisz, chief executive officer and president of TMW Systems. "This will allow us to offer our clients more integrated dispatch-mobile communications functionality, which, in turn, allows them to operate more efficiently."
"We're looking forward to participating with Qualcomm in the Software Certification Program," said J. Edward Hudson, president of Innovative Computing Corporation. "This program will allow our mutual customers world-class software solutions and access to our combined product expertise and support in a tightly integrated environment."
Qualcomm is the world's leading provider of satellite communications, tracking and information management solutions to the trucking industry. Qualcomm has sold more than 185,000 OmniTRACS units worldwide, with systems operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia and Korea.
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 are 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, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, 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, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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