SAN DIEGO -- October 29, 2001 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced OmniOne™, a low-cost transportation application for digital mobile phones that will provide trucking companies, affiliate fleets and subcontractors a powerful, portable communications tool that enables drivers and dispatchers to receive and send load assignments, status updates and other information. The OmniOne application is designed to run on Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) platform, a standardized applications execution environment for wireless devices.
"OmniOne is a high-value tool that empowers owner-operators and affiliate fleets to work more productively while on the road," said Chris Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Currently, more than 80 percent of owner-operators rely primarily on public pay telephones and personal mobile phones to receive their work assignments and to report status to their customers. OmniOne eliminates this inconvenient process, allowing drivers and logistics companies to communicate information with greater efficiency, saving time and money while improving customer service."
OmniOne seamlessly integrates with current Qualcomm OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress® systems, features two-way data and voice communication, data integration, store-and-forward guaranteed messaging, and other services such as mapping and directions.
Qualcomm's BREW platform is a thin, standardized execution environment that resides in handsets. Native BREW applications are written in C/C++. While BREW supports programming in other languages, such as Java, C/C++ is used as a primary language by significantly more developers worldwide than any other language, according to International Data Corp. Qualcomm's BREW initiative is the only approach that offers developers, OEMs and carriers a complete, end-to-end solution for wireless applications development, device configuration, application distribution, and billing and payment. The complete BREW solution includes the BREW Software Development Kit™ (SDK) for developers, the BREW application platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System (BDS) that enables developers and their carrier customers to get applications to market and coordinates the billing and payment processes for them. Carriers' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from a carrier's application download server.
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 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based digital wireless communications and tracking system, along with asset tracking and other industry-leading technologies, Qualcomm continues to expand into new mobile markets. With a Network Management Center that processes more than seven million transactions each day and over 400,000 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 chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the 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 (including but not limited to express or implied statements regarding the performance of, demand for and sales of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions products) that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the extent and speed to which OmniOne and Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions products are accepted in the marketplace, 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.