SAN DIEGO -- June 4, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced the commercial release of its ViaWeb™ 3.0 Internet-based load tracking interface. ViaWeb 3.0 provides easy and direct access to real-time shipment information on loads transported throughout the NAFTA region.
Utilizing data from Qualcomm's mobile communications systems, ViaWeb enables fleets of all sizes, as well as third parties, to track and report online current load status and position, information, proof of delivery and exception data. By accessing a ViaWeb home page, which can be customized with the carrier's logo, users can request the data in download form as well as formatted historical load event summaries and mapping. Carriers can provide this information as a service to their customers, even if the carrier does not have its own web site.
Information from ViaWeb can be used to supplement Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions. Carriers can also track and report complete location and status information when another carrier has been sub-contracted for final delivery. This cross-carrier visibility allows fleets of all sizes to increase their operational capabilities and ensure that their partners are performing at expected levels. Shipments can be tracked even as they cross the border into Mexico and are picked up by Mexican carriers equipped with Qualcomm mobile communications systems. ViaWeb is available in both English and Spanish.
"ViaWeb is a powerful tool that supports our Mobile Data Interchange initiative and expands the value of our Qualcomm mobile communications solutions," said Glynn Spangenberg, vice president of truckload operations, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Carriers of all sizes can take advantage of the ease and convenience of ViaWeb, and provide additional service to their customers and shipping partners. It is a solution that offers increased load visibility and customer satisfaction, and it provides important information that helps carriers run their businesses more efficiently."
The newest features added to ViaWeb 3.0 include a simpler user interface and support for multiple loads per manifest and driver-initiated load assignments, which even allows fleets with manual dispatching to use ViaWeb. ViaWeb currently supports real-time information reporting from Qualcomm's OmniTRACS® mobile communications system, and support for the OmniExpress™ mobile communications system is expected by the third quarter of 2001.
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 380,000 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; the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications 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 2001 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.