SnapTrack®, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and the global leader in wireless position location technology for Enhanced 911 (E911) and location-based services, today announced that it has been awarded the 2003 Frost&Sullivan Market Engineering Award for Technology Leadership for the Company's Hybrid Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) location solution for wireless devices. SnapTrack's technology enhances Qualcomm's innovative embedded A-GPS solutions, including the gpsOne™ hybrid A-GPS solution, the world's most broadly deployed precision location solution for determining the position of mobile phones and other wireless devices.
"Frost&Sullivan recognizes SnapTrack's success in addressing industry challenges by formulating a well-designed location determination solution, leading to significant product performance contributions in the LBS space," said Brent Iadarola, Frost&Sullivan Industry Analyst. "With a host of new applications set to leverage SnapTrack's innovative location technology, Frost&Sullivan believes the essential ingredients for compelling, commercial location-based services are in place."
Frost & Sullivan only grants the Technology Leadership Award to companies that it feels have made a significant contribution to their respective industry, and stated in the Award that SnapTrack had addressed key elements required by location technologies in order to drive the success of the LBS market. These key elements for which SnapTrack was recognized include:
- Low-cost and complexity
- Reliability (including A-GPS performance inside buildings)
- Accuracy (10-20 meters in most environments)
- Performance (fast response times, low power requirements)
- Flexibility (standards compliant multimode A-GPS and multiple air interface solutions)
Iadarola further stated that "Frost&Sullivan anticipates the SnapTrack Wireless Assisted GPS solution to eliminate much of the cost and complexity involved with the deployment of location services. The overall performance, coverage and compatibility of SnapTrack's solution is unmatched in the industry and will greatly assist market growth in location-based services."
"We appreciate Frost and Sullivan's recognition of SnapTrack's efforts in providing the wireless industry with a high-performance, cost-effective precision location solution for E911 and commercial LBS," said Kamil Grajski, general manager of SnapTrack. "We are especially proud of the contribution the SnapTrack team has made to Qualcomm's efforts to bring this life-saving technology to market, and that our A-GPS technology is now helping to save lives and launch a whole new category of precision location-based services."
Qualcomm's SnapTrack-enhanced A-GPS solution and gpsOne hybrid A-GPS location solution combine ranging information from the GPS satellite constellation and from cell sites to enhance location services availability and accelerate the location determination process. Implemented on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handsets worldwide via Qualcomm's MSM™ series of CDMA modems, Qualcomm has also implemented integrated MSM and discreet A-GPS chip solutions for GSM/UMTS handsets. Qualcomm's A-GPS solutions provide industry-leading accuracy for callers, whether during emergency 911 situations or while using commercial high-precision services. Qualcomm's A-GPS-enabled MSM series of chipsets are fully supported by the SnapTrack SnapSmart™ location server software. Qualcomm's A-GPS solutions 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 Qualcomm's technology to provide their location wherever and whenever they need it. Qualcomm's A-GPS-enabled MSM products support both IS95/CDMA2000 1X and GSM/UMTS.
Approximately 10 million Qualcomm gpsOne A-GPS-equipped CDMA terminals have been sold in the United States, Japan and South Korea since October 2001. gpsOne sales continue to accelerate worldwide with broad-scale commercial deployments of gpsOne in Japan and South Korea, and more than 100 precision location-based services, such as child locater, mobile yellow pages, find-a-friend, and personal mapping services, are being supported by 50 different phone models from major manufacturers. Major U.S. carriers have deployed gpsOne-enabled phones to meet their Federal Communications Commission E911 wireless safety obligations, and may also offer location-based services.
About SnapTrackHeadquartered in Campbell, California, SnapTrack pioneered Wireless Assisted GPS™ 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 support standards-based implementations on synchronous and asynchronous networks and 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 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. 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, 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.