CAMPBELL, Calif. -- July 23, 2002 -- SnapTrack, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), today announced the successful conclusion of its Second Annual gpsOne™ Carrier Workshop. The wireless location-based services workshop was held in San Francisco, California, and provided representatives from 18 major CDMA carriers from North America, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, representing nearly 80% of the global CDMA market, with a comprehensive overview of gpsOne-based, end-to-end wireless location solutions.
Discussions included commercial location-based services (LBS) and E911 deployment case studies from Asian and North American carriers. Integrated into the Qualcomm MSM™ series of wireless CDMA modems, Qualcomm's gpsOne wireless location solution has enabled a host of new value-added, high-precision LBS such as friend finder, child safety, personal direction finding and mobile yellow page services. It has also enabled carriers to fulfill their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E911 wireless safety obligations. Approximately three million gpsOne-enabled terminals are in use today, supporting nearly 100 high-precision gpsOne-based LBS in Japan and Korea.
"We are extremely pleased with the level of participation, and candid exchange, on the part of the gpsOne workshop participants," said Bret Sewell, president of SnapTrack. "Nearly 100 different gpsOne-enabled high-precision, location-based services are providing significant mass-market value in Japan and Korea. We are also helping carriers in other regions, like the Americas, lay the groundwork for location-based services in their markets. The interest we are seeing in high-precision, location-based services, combined with the fact that E911 deployments by CDMA carriers in the United States are well under way, indicates we may see multiple mass-market location-based service deployments in the coming year."
Speakers from carriers, CDMA handset manufacturers, application providers and infrastructure suppliers presented and described each component in the deployment chain needed to launch gpsOne-based value-added commercial location-based services and emergency wireless location systems. Applications developers described the LBS development and deployment process, discussed the combination of the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) solution and gpsOne to enhance service availability, and conducted live demonstrations of commercial and pre-commercial services.
"gpsOne gives carriers the means to provide compelling, personalized and localized services to their subscribers," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, Qualcomm Wireless and Internet Group. "Some of the most popular Japanese 3G services rely on precision gpsOne location information combined with a BREW-enabled phone displaying a moving high resolution map. Carriers are seeing an increase in wireless data use and voice traffic, as consumers interact with each other through a combination of location, data and voice services."
Dr. Jacobs also described the benefits of a combination of the BREW solution and gpsOne, which enhances service availability, and makes it easier for content and applications providers to monetize and deploy new services in conjunction with their carrier partners.
Live gpsOne demonstrations were conducted in highly blocked urban and indoor environments using fully integrated commercial and pre-commercial phones powered by Qualcomm's MSM5100™ 3G and gpsOne-enabled CDMA chipset. The gpsOne demonstrations included a voice-activated pedestrian and vehicle navigation demonstration through San Francisco, as well as indoor demonstrations inside the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel in the Embarcadero district.
Qualcomm's cost-effective gpsOne solution, using SnapTrack end-to-end position location technology and Qualcomm's MSM series of gpsOne-enabled CDMA chipsets, offers robust data availability under the most challenging conditions, whether in concrete and steel high-rises, convention centers, shopping malls or urban canyons. Using a hybrid approach that utilizes signals from both the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation and from CDMA cell sites, the gpsOne solution enhances location services availability, expands terrain coverage, accelerates the location determination process and provides better accuracy for callers, whether during emergency situations or while using gpsOne-enabled commercial applications. Qualcomm's gpsOne-enabled MSM series of chipsets are fully supported by the SnapTrack SnapSmart™ location server software, and provide all-terrain performance that is unmatched by any other product in the industry; as long as a call can be placed, wireless callers can rely on the gpsOne solution to provide their location wherever and whenever they need it. The gpsOne solution is integrated onto the Qualcomm MSM CDMA series of chipsets, thereby minimizing incremental costs and ensuring that there is little change to a cell phone's size, weight or battery life. Qualcomm's gpsOne-enabled MSM solutions are also planned for a wide variety of wireless air interfaces, including CDMA, CDMA2000 1X, GSM and WCDMA.
Headquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered Wireless Assisted GPS(tm) and owns patents that are fundamental to the cost-effective deployment of Wireless Assisted GPS-based location systems. SnapTrack's Hybrid Wireless Assisted GPS system enhances Qualcomm's gpsOne location solution and MSM position-enabled chipsets offer anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate. The Company's Wireless Assisted GPS products include the SnapSmart location server software system, the SnapCore™ multimode GPS solution and the SnapWARN™ GPS reference data feed service. For more information, please visit http://www.snaptrack.com.
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; 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 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 and the BREW platform is adopted, 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.