Consistent with its strategy to focus on core technologies, the OmniTRACS® division of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced the sale of its Qualcomm Decision Support Software(QDSS), Qualcomm Trucking Operation System Local Area Network (QTOPS LAN) and TL2000 software products to Sabre Decision Technologies, ITS and TMW Systems, respectively. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"The purchase of these products by industry leaders is in line with the goals of our Software Certification Program, which was designed to provide OmniTRACS customers with a choice of several robust, viable software options," said Tom Doyle, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm's OmniTRACS division. "By forging alliances with companies, such as SABRE, ITS and TMW, we are helping to ensure that our customers will always have access to the highest levels of integration and software support available in the industry."
The Software Certification Program (SCP), which was announced earlier this year, involves consistent sharing of information and cooperative developmental efforts between Qualcomm and leading software providers.
Ft. Worth, Tex.-based SABRE Decision Technologies (SDT) has acquired the Qualcomm Decision Support Software (QDSS) line of truckload motor carrier optimization products. SDT, a division of The SABRE Group Inc., is a software and systems development and consulting firm that provides leading-edge automation business solutions to nearly 400 clients in more than 50 countries. In October '96, SDT acquired Burlington, Ma.-based PTCG Inc., the truckload optimization leader.
"SABRE Decision Technologies is pleased to incorporate the QDSS technology into its existing suite of optimization solutions," said Mo Bazaraa, senior vice president of SABRE Decision Technologies. "Our enhanced relationship with Qualcomm will permit better integration with the OmniTRACS system, the clear leader in mobile communications and tracking."
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based ITS has acquired the Qualcomm Trucking Operation System Local Area Network (QTOPS LAN) business systems software. ITS, which was founded in 1984 by Chuck Melton, offers business and financial software solutions to the transportation industry. Melton is also the principal of Melton Technologies Inc., which specializes in Internet-ready, Windows-based applications in conjunction with database systems similar to ITS.
"One of our main goals with this acquisition is to provide existing OmniTRACS/ITS software users with a migration path to Windows from their current DOS platforms," said Chuck Melton, president of ITS. "At ITS, we helped pioneer mobile communications technology in the office with small to medium sized fleets in conjunction with the OmniTRACS system. Through Melton Technologies Inc. (MTI), we are pioneering Windows-based applications on top of database systems like the newly acquired QTOPS LAN product."
Cleveland-based TMW Systems has purchased the Qualcomm TL2000 business systems software. Founded in 1983, TMW Systems is a leading developer and integrator of operations management software for the transportation industry. The company helps transportation and logistics companies leverage the technologies of their choice to easily create, gather, analyze and use information to deliver improved productivity and results.
"This acquisition is a continuation of TMW's strategic plan to provide a wider range of products and services to the truckload industry," said Tom Weisz, chief executive officer and president of TMW. "It also reflects Qualcomm's trust in TMW's ability to service the TL2000 customer base, allowing Qualcomm to refocus on its primary business."
With nearly 200,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm is the leader in providing mobile communications and information management systems to the transportation industry. Qualcomm currently has systems operating in the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Korea 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 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, 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 24, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.
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