SAN JOSE, Calif. -- November 28, 2000 -- SnapTrack Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and leader in wireless position location technology, today announced the completion of an extensive series of wireless handset location tests across Europe, marking more than one year of independently audited testing of SnapTrack's Wireless Assisted GPS™ system by Global System for Mobile telecommunications (GSM) industry leaders. The tests, conducted by members of SnapTrack's GSM Test Group, (an international consortium of GSM carriers, handset suppliers, applications providers, infrastructure manufacturers and semiconductor manufacturers), conclusively proved that SnapTrack's technology can accurately and rapidly locate mobile phones in a wide range of European calling environments and support seamless cross-border location roaming services.
Wireless handset location roaming trials, using prototype handsets and two types of miniature GPS antennas suitable for use in small mobile devices, were conducted in and around the major urban centers of Paris, Bonn, London and Utrecht, as well as other locations. A single Location Server hosted by France Telecom Mobiles provided location calculation support for all of the trial locations in Western Europe, and demonstrated SnapTrack's unique ability to provide cross-border roaming and wide-area service coverage from a single service center. Callers were successfully located on successive networks during the trials in a wide range of environments, from city centers, to rural villages and motorways. CMG Telecommunications teamed with France Telecom Mobiles and SnapTrack to provide the interface between the location server and the network Short Message Service Center (SMSC) to test the use of SMS as the data bearer for wireless position information. This approach allows location transactions to take place during voice calls and during idle mode. CMG Telecommunications believes that the Short Message Service turned out to be suitable for this type of application.
For relatively open outdoor sites, including suburban neighborhoods and wooded parks, typical accuracies were in the 5-10 meter range. Outdoor testing in dense urban and urban canyon environments, including both narrow, medieval Parisian streets and modern skyscraper complexes, yielded average accuracies of 30-50 meters, with some results as precise as 10 meters. Indoor tests were conducted in a variety of commercial and residential structures in both city center and suburban locations. Included in these tests were train stations, apartment buildings, office buildings, restaurants, shops and residences. Typical accuracies for these indoor sites ranged from 30 to 45 meters with some yields as precise as 20 meters. The roaming tests in London showed very similar accuracies to the Paris tests, clearly demonstrating the viability of operation across carrier network boundaries.
"We're looking forward to continuing our work with the GSM Test Group to bring the benefits of SnapTrack's wireless location system to the market," said Steve Poizner, president of SnapTrack. "The pan-European roaming trials clearly demonstrate that our technology can achieve high levels of accuracy - even in very harsh calling environments where other location technologies fail to perform. These trials not only demonstrated SnapTrack's compatibility with SMS, but also that SnapTrack's enhanced GPS handset-based technology represents the most cost-effective, high quality solution for seamless cross-border, cross-network location services roaming."
The SnapTrack GSM Test Group Phase I trials in Madrid, Spain, successfully demonstrated near-commercial location services applications in the GSM environment, with callers typically pinpointed to within 5-20 meters. During the trials, mobile users were guided to featured points of interest and to hotels, ATMs, nightclubs and tourist attractions closest to their calling locations. Recent studies by Strategis Group indicate that the wireless location services market could generate as much as $32 billion per year in revenues for European carriers and vendors by 2005.
The SnapTrack GSM Test Group consortium, formed more than a year ago, collectively supports over 30 million subscribers. Publicly disclosed members include Vodafone AirTouch Communications PLC (UK and US), BellSouth Mobility DCS (US), BT Cellnet (UK), Esat Digifone (Ireland), France Telecom (France), Omnitel Pronto Italia (Italy), T-Mobil (Germany), Telecel (Portugal) and Telefonica (Spain), and applications developer SignalSoft (UK and US). Prototype handsets were provided to the consortium for the field trials.
Infrastructure providers CMG Telecommunications (Holland), Nortel Networks (France) and Siemens Information and Communication Networks (Germany) also participated in the trials.
SnapTrack's Wireless Assisted GPS system improves upon conventional GPS by combining information from GPS satellites and from wireless networks to pinpoint a wireless handset. While conventional GPS receivers may take several minutes to provide a location fix, the SnapTrack system generally locates callers within a few seconds. With its GPS Indoors™ feature, callers can be located in a wide range of challenging call environments where conventional GPS will not work, including inside houses and moving vehicles, under heavy foliage, and in urban street canyons - usually to within 5-20 meters. The unique SnapTrack Location on Demand™ feature also ensures a caller's privacy, giving mobile phone users control over their own location information.
SnapTrack's technology products permit the design of cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, and other wireless devices that operate in multiple GPS navigation modes, allowing out-of-network location coverage and a variety of thin-client applications. SnapTrack's wireless location technology products require no Location Measurement Units installed in the network or additional cell sites, and are designed to have minimal impact on cost and handset form factor. SnapTrack's technology is air-interface neutral and is applicable in any two-way wireless system: cellular/PCS, satellite, or paging; 800/900 MHz or 1800/1900 MHz; GSM, CDMA, TDMA, PDC or 3G air interfaces.
CMG Telecommunications is the leading global supplier of messaging and Internet solutions for the wireless telecom industry. CMG develops high-end solutions in close co-operation with network operators. To date, more than 150 of these quality solutions have been delivered to over 75 operators worldwide. They are widely recognized to be the best around, combining minimum operator intervention with maximum performance and availability. The product portfolio includes the WAP Service BrokerTM, Mobile E-mail, Short Message Service Centre, Cell Broadcast System and EPPIX (Customer Care&Billing System). CMG telecommunications is a division of CMG plc a leading European IT services group, providing business information solutions around the world through consultancy, systems development, software applications and managed services. CMG was established in 1964 and nowadays employs around 11,000 employees. The Group is listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SnapTrack is focused on integrating GPS and two-way wireless technologies. SnapTrack's patented architecture offers anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. SnapTrack pioneered Wireless Assisted GPS, and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of Wireless Assisted GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack has commercial agreements with Motorola, Texas Instruments, NTT DoCoMo, Denso, NEC, CTC, Locate Networks, GlenAyre and DSPC. NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Sprint PCS have all chosen to deploy products and services incorporating SnapTrack technology. For more information, please visit http://www.snaptrack.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's Code Division Multiple Access (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; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. Qualcomm owns patents that 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 90 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® 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 the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA and Bluetooth technologies are deployed, 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, 2000, and most recent Form 10-Q.