SAN DIEGO - July 15, 1998 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) todayannounced the availability of its JTRACS Pro Vehicle Data Gateway productwhich uses the OmniTRACS system to provide on-board vehicle diagnostics andfault monitoring. Additionally, this product has the ability to pass freeform data to and from a truck engine's electronic control module or anyother electronic device connected to the J1708 databus. With this product,Qualcomm has created real-time vehicle diagnostics reporting and acommunication path to vehicle systems while the truck is en route.OmniTRACS-equipped customers will benefit by having the ability to keeptheir vehicles monitored and maintained while on the road instead of in theshop.
The new product utilizes the engine's J1708 databus, an industry standarddata link found on most medium and heavy-duty vehicles. The system wasdesigned with an open architecture to maximize flexibility and connectivityby facilitating communication paths between electronic control modules onthe vehicle and corresponding software applications on the dispatchcomputer. Initial applications are expected from major engine andcomponent suppliers. For example, the current method of diagnosing andreprogramming engines and components requires the vehicle to be in themaintenance shop. By using Qualcomm's gateway feature, componentmanufacturers can develop applications that will perform these functionswhile the truck is in route.
Additional monitoring capabilities of the system allow customers to queryany Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard parameter at any timeand during each engine start. For example, once a fleet's speed thresholdhas been established, JTRACS Pro will check the vehicle top road speedsetting during each ignition start and only report changes in the settingback to the dispatcher and/or maintenance supervisor.
"By monitoring the trucking company's parameters, JTRACS Pro will not onlysave our customers' money but will assist them in ensuring that safetyrequirements are met," said Phil White, senior vice president and generalmanager of Qualcomm's OmniTRACS Division. "The JTRACS Pro Vehicle DataGateway has been designed in response to our customers' requests for accessto vehicle information that would help keep their trucks on the road andout of the shop."
The JTRACS Pro Vehicle Data Gateway also utilizes special software inQualcomm's Network Management Center, which allows data generated from thetruck to be sent to vehicle and component manufacturers for diagnostic andprognostic information. As a result, customers and vendors can now sharecritical engine and component data to make the entire maintenance processmore efficient and effective.
With over 230,000 OmniTRACS units sold worldwide, Qualcomm is the leadingprovider of mobile communications and information management systems to thetransportation industry. Qualcomm currently has systems operating in theUnited States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Japan,Korea and Malaysia.
Headquartered in San Diego, California, Qualcomm develops, manufactures,markets, licenses, and operates advanced communications systems andproducts based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. TheCompany's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS system (a geostationarysatellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data andposition reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems andproducts 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 athttp://www.qualcomm.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news releasecontains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks anduncertainties, including timely product development, change in economicconditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the otherrisks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, includingthe report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 1997 and mostrecent Form 10-Q.