SAN DIEGO -- April 29, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leading provider of mobile communications and on-board computing for the transportation industry, today announced version 5.1 of the FleetAdvisor™ solution, which includes support for 802.11b wireless Local Area Network (LAN), fleet status exception monitoring, and expanded web-enabled functionality. FleetAdvisor is a transportation logistics management system that supports full-function on-board computing, vehicle tracking, highly integrated back-office software and real-time wireless communications.
"Companies using FleetAdvisor in conjunction with 802.11 technology can significantly increase efficiency, reduce costs and leverage existing wireless networks within their private fleets," said Norm Ellis, vice president of business operations, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "This is critical for companies operating private fleets since the fleet is most often considered a cost center where efficiencies and technology investments need to be maximized."
FleetAdvisor's support for 802.11b technology allows companies with private fleets to leverage existing network technology and transfer large data files wirelessly when fleet vehicles are on location. Traditional data communications methods can be relatively expensive for some private fleets transmitting large manifest data files. 802.11b, commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, is a wireless LAN technology that allows data transfer speeds of up to 11 Megabits per second (Mbps). FleetAdvisor 5.1 includes support for this technology so that companies using Qualcomm's MVPc™ in-vehicle computer equipped with a wireless LAN card can quickly and inexpensively transfer large amounts of data.
The fleet status exceptions monitoring function in FleetAdvisor 5.1 allows dispatchers to determine if trucks have stopped, are off-schedule or are operating outside of normal performance criteria. This information is critical to fleets in providing best-in-class customer service. FleetAdvisor 5.1 also includes expanded web-based functionality that allows dispatchers to conduct web-based dynamic re-routing, route editing, and dispatch messaging and order entry changes.
"Qualcomm has been the trusted industry standard for the mobile communications and transportation industries for over 14 years," said Chris Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "FleetAdvisor 5.1 further leverages Qualcomm's expertise with innovative transportation logistics management solutions."
The FleetAdvisor system consists of Qualcomm's MVPc in-vehicle computer, on-board software, host-based software and complements the OmniTRACS® or OmniExpress® mobile communications system. Qualcomm's FleetAdvisor system runs on the MVPc in-vehicle computer using the Windows CE operating system. When combined with OmniTRACS or OmniExpress, FleetAdvisor enables private fleets to automate, integrate and improve business processes by relaying information real-time through Qualcomm, the world's leading provider of high-value wireless data solutions. Qualcomm's FleetAdvisor 5.1 version is expected to be commercially available in the summer of 2002.
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. Today, Qualcomm's fleet management solutions continue to set the standard by offering products and services that meet and exceed the demands of a constantly changing marketplace. Now, with OmniExpress, a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based digital wireless communications and tracking system, along with other industry-leading technologies, Qualcomm continues to expand into new mobile markets. Qualcomm is the industry's global leader in providing high-value wireless data solutions with a Network Management Center that processes more than seven million transactions each day and over 425,000 Qualcomm mobile systems shipped to businesses in more than 33 countries on four continents.
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 Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) applications platform; QChat™ push-to-talk technology; 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 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 extent and speed to which the Company's FleetAdvisor products 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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.