ST LOUIS -- April 28, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today introduced several enhancements to its fleet management solutions for private fleet customers, including new releases of itsFleetAdvisor® andTrackingAdvisor® software solutions, and an upgrade of itsMVPc® in-vehicle computer hardware. These powerful solutions provide private fleets with the means to improve productivity and customer service, to reduce operational costs, and to operate more efficiently. Qualcomm unveiled these solution upgrades today at the National Private Truck Council's Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition in St. Louis.
"Qualcomm has delivered powerful fleet tracking and management solutions to private fleets for more than a decade," said Glynn Spangenberg, vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "We are pleased to provide our private fleet customers with these latest enhancements, making it easier for them to address both their fleet-management and mobile communications needs."
"With the FleetAdvisor system, our company has seen a remarkable difference in the management of our deliveries and our ability to respond rapidly to customer inquiries regarding shipments," said Jeff Houston, national logistics and fleet manager, Georgia-Pacific. "The service Qualcomm provides us with its FleetAdvisor solution is invaluable to our efficient transportation management."
FleetAdvisor is a transportation logistics management system that supports full-function, on-board computing, vehicle tracking, highly integrated back-office software, and real-time wireless communications. The new version of the FleetAdvisor solution includes the following enhancements:
- Automatic exception management reporting for improved fleet management, driver performance and time efficiency. The exception monitoring function allows dispatchers to receive automatic reports to determine if trucks have stopped, are off-schedule or are operating outside of normal performance criteria. This enhancement eliminates manual processes and provides companies with a better understanding of driver performance for improved fleet management and efficiency.
- A Web-based architecture that allows dispatchers to provide dynamic re-rerouting, route editing, dispatch messaging and order entry changes via a web browser, minimizing client installations, reducing network bandwidth requirements, and greatly simplifying deployment.
- Support for SQL 2000, Microsoft's latest database version, which offers improved database performance and reliability and enables support of very large private fleets.
Private fleet drivers may access data via FleetAdvisor applications on the MVPc in-vehicle computer, which has been upgraded to improve readability of the LCD screen while in the cab. The MVPc operates on the Windows® CE operating system with on-board software designed to complement Qualcomm'sOmniTRACS® orOmniExpress® mobile communications systems. When combined with OmniTRACS or OmniExpress, the FleetAdvisor solution enables private fleets to automate, integrate and improve business processes by relaying real-time information through Qualcomm's Network Management Center, which processes more than seven million transactions every day.
In addition, Qualcomm has released a new version of its TrackingAdvisor mapping software. The new version includes an improved mapping engine for better reliability and now also supports split server configurations. The TrackingAdvisor software also includes maps for Canada.
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. Today, Qualcomm's fleet management solutions continue to set the standard by offering products and services that meet and exceed the demands of a constantly changing marketplace. Now with OmniExpress, a CDMA-based digital wireless communications and tracking system;GlobalTRACS®, an equipment management system for the construction equipment industry; and other industry-leading technologies, Qualcomm continues to expand into new mobile markets.
Qualcomm is the industry's global leader in providing high-value wireless data solutions with a Network Management Center that processes more than seven million transactions each day and has shipped over 470,000 Qualcomm mobile systems to businesses in more than 39 countries on four continents.
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 is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.