SAN DIEGO -- January 31, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced that Roadway Express, Inc., (Nasdaq: ROAD), the nation's largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, will purchase and deploy the OmniExpress™ mobile communications system for use in its network of vehicles and 20 of its terminals within North America.
OmniExpress is a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based digital wireless fleet management system that provides real-time, two-way communications and vehicle position reporting for improved mobile worker productivity and operations administration. Features include two-way data communications, store-and-forward messaging, automatic vehicle tracking using integrated Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as data integration capabilities with routing and scheduling systems, and business-specific office applications.
OmniExpress offers a cost-effective wireless mobile communications solution by transmitting data over the Sprint PCS digital network, which currently serves the nation's major metropolitan areas and communities across the country. OmniExpress also offers optional access to Sprint PCS' nationwide wireless voice service for customers who want a fully integrated voice and data solution.
Roadway Express was instrumental in assisting Qualcomm in the development and field-testing of the OmniExpress system, and currently has several hundred units installed and operating across a number of pilot terminals. After successfully validating the positive impact on their operations, Roadway Express will now expand its use of OmniExpress to 20 of its terminals throughout the United States and Canada in 2001.
"We've seen how Qualcomm's OmniExpress system helps us to be more proactive and profitable, plan more efficient routes and reduce overall fleet miles," said John Bronneck, vice president of operations for Roadway Express, Inc. "By extending our state-of-the-art information network to the driver, we can provide critical information at the point of pickup and delivery for our customers."
"Roadway Express is continually focused on customer information requirements, operational excellence, return on investment and technological advancement. It is significant that they have chosen OmniExpress," said Chris Wolfe, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "We look forward to OmniExpress becoming a critical part of the Roadway Digital Dispatch Solution, providing real-time pickup and delivery information to customers while increasing operating efficiencies and helping to improve driver productivity."
A leading freight transportation carrier for 70 years, Roadway serves over 900,000 customer sites using more than 10,000 tractors and 32,000 trailers. With its commitment to customer satisfaction, Roadway has been recognized for setting the standard in providing seamless transportation service in the North American LTL market.
Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the introduction of the OmniTRACS® mobile communications system provided transportation companies with an innovative and effective way of managing logistics. Its fleet management solutions continue to set the standard by offering products and services that meet the demands of a constantly changing marketplace. With the introduction of OmniExpress, a CDMA-based digital wireless communications and tracking system, along with trailer tracking and other industry-leading technologies, Qualcomm continues to expand into new mobile markets. With a Network Management Center that processes more than six million transactions each day and over 370,000 Qualcomm mobile systems shipped to businesses in more than 32 countries on four continents, Qualcomm continues to lead the industry in providing wireless data solutions.
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 CDMA integrated circuits and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® e-mail 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 95 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 is 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.