SAN DIEGO -- May 13, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications solutions for the transportation industry, today announced the availability of Driver Authentication, Wireless Panic Button and Tamper Detection features, three new security enhancements for the OmniTRACS® mobile communications system. Qualcomm has designed these innovative security features to leverage the existing mobile communications technology provided by the OmniTRACS system and to significantly reduce deployment costs for companies interested in securing their mobile assets and protecting their cargo.
"Driver and load safety and security have become key concerns for trucking companies today," said Chris Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Qualcomm is keenly aware of these concerns and is developing solutions that provide the industry with the tools needed not only to improve operations, but to secure and protect drivers and assets in this time of heightened security awareness."
Qualcomm's customer Superior Carriers, Inc., one of the nation's leading tank truck companies, is taking steps to implement various security solutions immediately.
"As a company that already uses Qualcomm's OmniTRACS system to monitor the hauling of hazardous materials under the Defense Transportation Tracking System (DTTS), we are eager to implement enhanced security features in our fleet," said Bill O'Donnell, senior vice president, Superior Carriers, Inc. "Securing both the fleet and our drivers is critical. Qualcomm's decision to bring these features to the transportation industry enables customers to leverage their existing investment while making sure their fleets securely travel the nation's highways."
"Baggett Transportation has a long history of supporting the Department of Defense in the movement of munitions with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS system and in-vehicle panic button," said Joseph M. Donald III, president of Baggett Transportation. "This proven technology, coupled with future security enhancements, will enable Baggett to meet the military's security requirements in the future."
The new Driver Authentication feature verifies driver identification and authorization to operate the vehicle through use of a unique ID and password with configurable alerts. The driver login is validated through over-the-air transmissions that interface with a secure database at Qualcomm's OmniTRACS Network Management Center. The Wireless Panic Button extends the capability of the current in-dash panic button by providing an inexpensive wireless transmitter, which drivers can use should their safety become threatened while outside the vehicle. The Tamper Detection feature alerts fleet management or the driver if an attempt is made to disable the OmniTRACS unit. The new security features work within the framework of the OmniTRACS mobile communications system, which provides increased productivity for the trucking industry through real-time data communications and tracking and management of trucking fleets.
Qualcomm has offered secure fleet management solutions for over 14 years and serves over 1,300 customers including 20 of the top 25 tank truck carriers and 38 of the top 40 truckload carriers. Qualcomm's Brazilian joint venture AUTOTRAC has deployed 30,000 OmniTRACS system units specifically for high-value security solutions. Today, Qualcomm's mobile communications systems function in 33 countries on four continents and vehicles are monitored via nine Qualcomm Network Management Centers worldwide.
Superior Carriers offers comprehensive transport services for a broad range of liquid and dry bulk product lines. The company is geographically positioned to provide a convenient network of medium and long haul distribution. A centralized operations planning group coordinates efficient scheduling of inter-regional shipments.
Today, Baggett Transportation Company remains one of the top carriers for the Department of Defense and is now growing in the commercial sector with its single driver division. The reasons for Baggett's success for 70 plus years are that the company is committed to a strong Safety Department, quality drivers, service to its customers and the ability to adapt with the ever-changing industry that we service. Baggett embraces the new millennium with bright prospects and a philosophy that has kept the company active in the transportation business for the last 70 years.
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 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. 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 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 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 OmniTRACS 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.