SAN DIEGO -- June 14, 2002 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications solutions for the transportation industry, last week furthered its commitment to establishing transportation security standards by demonstrating security features of its OmniTRACS® satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system at a Washington, D.C. event attended by congressional leaders and Department of Transportation (DOT) representatives.
Attendees viewed live demonstrations of a truck equipped with satellite-based mobile communications and position-tracking systems, and associated safety and security technology, such as emergency notification panic buttons, driver I.D. authentication, and tamper detection alerts, as well as several different prototype technologies for disabling the truck in case of an emergency, either remotely via satellite communication or triggered by events occurring in the vehicle.
Congressional and DOT attendees included Rep. Thomas Petri (Wis.), chairman of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee; Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.), co-chair of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Caucus; Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (Calif.), who serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Intelligence; Sen. Conrad Burns (Mont), who serves on the Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee, Science&Transportation Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee; and DOT's Research and Special Programs Administrator Ellen Engleman, the lead appointee within DOT on homeland security issues for hazardous materials transportation.
"We need to deploy smart technologies like this [OmniTRACS] to secure hazardous materials," said Rogers. "Qualcomm is leading the charge with smarter technology."
"Qualcomm is a world leader in advanced wireless technology," said Cunningham. "Qualcomm's security technology, which automatically enables drivers to call for help in an emergency, is the type of innovation we need for Homeland Security."
"We are delighted to see the private sector respond with key technologies that improve safety and enhance productivity," added Engleman.
All U.S. trucking carriers currently authorized to transport ammunition for the Department of Defense use the Qualcomm system for messaging, reporting and incident response management. Qualcomm meets the Defense Transportation Tracking System's (DTTS) stringent performance standards for the hauling of munitions and other hazardous loads. Other Military activities and Government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Department of Energy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), use the Qualcomm system to track and maintain "assured" communications with vehicles transporting sensitive cargo.
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.