Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications solutions for the transportation industry, today showed its support of local and national homeland security efforts with a demonstration of advanced security features of its OmniTRACS® satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system. Attendees at the event that took place at Qualcomm's San Diego headquarters included Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (Calif.), who serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Intelligence; Warren Hoemann, vice president, California Trucking Association; and Ron Kiripolsky, vice president, Southern Pride Trucking. Also in attendance were representatives from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the City of San Diego Mayor's Office.
Qualcomm also publicly announced today its voluntary support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is responsible for ensuring safety in the commercial motor vehicle industry. If requested by the FMCSA, Qualcomm will broadcast nationwide to truck drivers, a public service warning or notice over its OmniTRACS and OmniExpress® mobile communications systems.
"Qualcomm is dedicated to supporting customers, federal, state and local agencies that are working to guarantee the security of our nation's highways," said Chris Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Our cooperation with the FMCSA ensures that a safety message can immediately reach more than 250,000 vehicle units that are equipped with the OmniTRACS and OmniExpress mobile communications systems."
Attendees at today's event were able to view live demonstrations of Qualcomm's security technology truck, an 18-wheeler truck equipped with satellite-based mobile communications and position-tracking systems, as well as associated safety and security technology, including:
- On-board and wireless panic buttons
- Driver I.D. authentication and tamper detection alerts
- Remote disabling of the truck in the event of a security breach due to on-board tamper detection or invalid driver log-in
- Geofencing for alerting the trucking company when the vehicle enters restricted areas or leaves its designated route
"Technology can play a significant role in improving homeland security," said Cunningham. "Qualcomm's wireless technology solutions offer drivers and trucking companies pioneering methods to safeguard their cargo and vehicles, which are vital in the case of hazardous or sensitive cargo."
"The trucks in our fleet transport valuable inventory for the airline, aviation and aerospace industries," said Kiripolsky of Southern Pride Trucking. "The OmniTRACS system allows us to sleep at night with the assurance that all of our loads are safe."
All U.S. trucking carriers currently authorized to transport ammunition for the Department of Defense use the Qualcomm system for messaging, position location 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 and the Department of Energy 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 and OmniExpress 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.