WAALRE -- August 4, 2003 -- Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced the availability of several new functionalities for its EutelTRACS® mobile communications system specific to the European transport industry. Qualcomm's HourTRACS®, SensorTRACS®, TrailerTRACS® and ViaWeb® solutions will now be able to offer improved operations, greater profitability and increased customer satisfaction for carriers and their customers while leveraging the robust features and performance already available with the EutelTRACS system.
Dutch truckload carrier Vos Logistics has been a EutelTRACS customer since 1993 and has extended its contract for an additional three years to include the HourTRACS system.
"With HourTRACS, waiting times, scheduling mistakes and on-duty time violations are reduced, helping maintain our high level of customer service while also remaining cost competitive," stated Mr. Wim Vos, managing director for Vos Logistics.
"Our fleet is already equipped with Qualcomm's EutelTRACS mobile communications system. By adding TrailerTRACS, we will further increase our trailer productivity," said Mr. Charles Prevost, chairman of French carrier Prevost. "With improved trailer monitoring and utilization, we can operate more efficiently and provide superior customer service."
"Our EutelTRACS customers now have the ability to select additional applications that meet other operational requirements and that can further improve their return on investment," said Michael Geffroy, managing director of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions Europe. "Moreover, these solutions have been developed with the same high focus on quality and reliability that has always distinguished Qualcomm's fleet management solutions."
Qualcomm's TrailerTRACS asset management system provides real-time monitoring of connect and disconnect events; current trailer and truck identification, location and status; while eliminating the need for driver intervention and allowing dispatcher anticipation of loaded and empty calls. For refrigerated trailers, the system allows fleets to monitor in-transit temperature and trigger alarms for dispatch, reducing cargo losses.
The HourTRACS software module provides an immediate overview of all the company's drivers and provides them essential information to stay within the applicable European working and resting time requirements while optimising human resources. Driver events are accurately recorded minute by minute and can be made available for subsequent processing in an array of operational and administrative systems.
The SensorTRACS performance monitoring system extracts and analyses the critical vehicle data that is needed to increase fuel savings, reduce engine wear and improve driver performance. By tying into the vehicle's sensor outputs, it transmits key RPM, speed and idle information to a host software application that isolates and tracks vehicle operations in the driver's control, providing an easy-to-use tool to manage how the trucks are driven.
Utilizing data from the EutelTRACS mobile communications system, the ViaWeb Internet-based load tracking service enables carriers and their customers to track and report load status and position, shipment information, proof of delivery and exception data via the Internet. Carriers can provide this information as a service to their customers through a Qualcomm-hosted web site saving themselves development time and support costs.
Qualcomm's EutelTRACS system is a satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system that provides real-time messaging and position reporting between fleets and their operations centres. Messages are sent via satellite through Eutelsat's Network Management Centre to dispatch centres throughout Europe. The EutelTRACS system is an interactive, fully integrated information management system that includes two-way mobile communications, satellite tracking and fleet management software.
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. To date, Qualcomm has shipped over 470,000 OmniTRACS mobile communications system units worldwide.
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.
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 EutelTRACS mobile communications system on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which EutelTRACS 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.