SAN DIEGO -- March 19, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that SECOM Co., Ltd., the leading provider of security services in Japan, will launch CoCo SECOM, a new safety service for locating the position of people and vehicles, with nationwide availability scheduled to begin in Japan on April 1, 2001. The new service represents the world's first commercial deployment of the Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) integrated circuit and system software solution incorporating gpsOne™ position location technology, and uses SECOM's extensive security service network in conjunction with geographic positioning to provide affordable personal and vehicle security. This new technology uses both Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and KDDI's commercial CDMA cellular phone networks to provide position-based security for subscribers and communicates with the MSM3300-based personal security device. This is the first service capable of working indoors and in other areas where conventional GPS systems that rely totally on GPS satellite information do not work well or at all.
"gpsOne enables us to provide our customers with personal security services in environments where these services were previously unavailable," said Toshitaka Sugimachi, president of SECOM Co., Ltd. "By using gpsOne's affordable, all-terrain position-location capability, we enhance our customers' ability to care for and protect their loved ones."
"We are very pleased to work with SECOM to enable the world's first commercial gpsOne deployment to enhance individual personal safety," said Don Schrock, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. "This launching represents a new trend of using MSM products in non-handset-based wireless devices. We expect this trend to accelerate with the advent of wireless high-speed data and other advanced technologies that will fuel the development of a wide variety of devices for use in automotive, e-commerce and wireless computing markets."
The CoCo SECOM service goes beyond conventional building-centered security by offering personal, vehicular and mobile property security services. CoCo SECOM locates the position of persons or vehicles needing assistance using a compact terminal developed exclusively for this service. Once located, SECOM informs the responsible subscriber of the person's or item's position, and, if necessary, SECOM dispatches emergency personnel to provide assistance. CoCo SECOM services are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
The gpsOne solution merges GPS satellite and network information, as well as highly sophisticated SnapTrack™ wireless location technology, to provide a high-availability solution that offers industry-leading accuracy and performance. Fully supported by SnapTrack's SnapSmart™ v3.0 location server software to provide service providers with a complete location solution, gpsOne position location technology provides the world's widest GPS accessibility, both indoors and outdoors, in urban canyons and rural settings, as well as the most cost-effective solution for wireless position location technology in mobile devices for CDMA cellular and Personal Communications Service (PCS) networks.
SECOM Co., Ltd. was founded in 1962 as the first Japanese private security enterprise. In 1966, SECOM developed the first online security system in Japan, and has continuously developed a variety of security systems, combined with computer systems, telecommunications networks and human resources. Today, SECOM is the largest security company in Japan, and provides safety services to a wide variety of facilities, including homes, stores, offices, financial institutions and large-scale shopping malls. SECOM will be deploying their security systems in 10 countries: Taiwan, Korea, United States, Thailand, Great Britain, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, China and Indonesia.
QCT, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, is a developer and supplier of CDMA integrated circuits, hardware and software solutions, and tools, with more than 133 million cumulative shipments of MSM chips worldwide. QCT offers wireless position location technology by SnapTrack, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. QCT supplies chipsets to the world's leading CDMA handset and infrastructure manufacturers including: Acer Peripherals, Inc., ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.; CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.; FUJITSU LIMITED; Hitachi, Ltd.; Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.; KYOCERA CORPORATION; LG Information and Communications, Ltd.; Samsung Electronics Ltd.; SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.; and Toshiba Corporation, among others.
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; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications development platform; Eudora® e-mail software; 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 100 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, the extent of customer acceptance of these products, 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.