SAN DIEGO -- March 14, 2000 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced that Lowell, Ark.-based JB Hunt, has signed a new contract with Qualcomm renewing its commitment to the OmniTRACS® mobile communications system. In addition to the OmniTRACS system renewal, the terms of the agreement allow JB Hunt to equip its entire fleet with the JTRACS Pro Vehicle Data Gateway®.
JTRACS Pro combines real-time vehicle diagnostics reporting with the ability to access and monitor third-party systems and devices via Qualcomm's Vehicle Data Gateway technology.
"Qualcomm has been JB Hunt's preferred mobile communications provider for more than 10 years," stated George Brooks, vice president, IS Applications, JB Hunt. "Recently a lot of competition has arisen in this industry, and we need a reliable provider that we can be confident will provide quality service into the future and deliver new cutting-edge products such as JTRACS Pro Vehicle Data Gateway. Qualcomm has a proven technology that has been very dependable throughout the years. We look to Qualcomm as our choice for long term mobile communications solutions."
"Our relationship with JB Hunt has always been more than just a contract," stated Phil White, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "We are pleased to see customers that have been with us for more than 10 years continue to benefit from the OmniTRACS offering. As we continue to grow and enhance our products and services, we look forward to continuing our support of JB Hunt's business operations."
Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the OmniTRACS System began to provide transportation companies with an innovative and effective way of managing logistics. Qualcomm's fleet management solutions continue to set the standard by offering innovative products and services that meet the demands of a constantly changing marketplace. With the introduction of OmniExpress™, a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based digital wireless PCS communications and tracking system, along with the TrailerTRACS® suite of products and other innovative technologies, Qualcomm continues to expand into various markets including regional and metropolitan-based fleets. With a Network Management Center that processes nearly five million transactions each day and 325,000 mobile systems used by businesses in more than 36 countries on four continents, Qualcomm continues to lead the industry in providing wireless data solutions.
Qualcomm's OmniTRACS system is a satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system that provides real-time messaging and position reporting between fleets and their operations centers. Messages are sent, via satellite, through Qualcomm's Network Management Center to dispatch centers throughout the United States. The OmniTRACS system is an interactive, fully integrated information management system that includes two-way mobile communications, satellite tracking and fleet management software. The OmniTRACS system operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows® and Macintosh® computing platforms; fleet management systems including OmniTRACS and OmniExpress™ and portions of the Globalstar™ system. Qualcomm owns patents which are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. Qualcomm has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 75 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 1999 FORTUNE 500® company traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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, 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 26, 1999, and most recent Form 10-Q.