Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader of mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced the latest version of the FleetAdvisor® system, which includes support for the new Hours of Service regulations issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in April 2003. Qualcomm's FleetAdvisor is a transportation management system that supports automated full-function on-board computing, vehicle tracking, highly integrated back-office software and real-time wireless communications. With this enhanced FleetAdvisor solution, Qualcomm customers will be compliant and paperless once the new FMCSA rules take effect on January 4, 2004.
"On January 4, 2004, fleets need to know that their systems will be compliant with the new Hours of Service rules and that their drivers can continue to operate at the highest levels of productivity," said Glynn Spangenberg, vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "The new rules are one of the most significant regulatory changes affecting the industry and FleetAdvisor provides an excellent opportunity for carriers to implement the changes and go paperless by the new DOT implementation date."
FleetAdvisor product updates include further enhancements to automate the software installation process. These enhancements reduce the possibility of manual error entries and improve efficiency of the system. Qualcomm's FleetAdvisor solution offers significant benefits for the motor carrier's enterprise, including the ability to:
- Manage U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) logs electronically, as all driver logs are automated
- Track state mileage for fuel tax reporting
- Provide exception-based alerts to manage late arrivals or departures, monitor unscheduled stops or excessive delays and to track off-route
- Re-route drivers dynamically
- Integrate with back-office systems
- Measure and report business improvement
Qualcomm has updated the FleetAdvisor solution's host and mobile software, as well as the system documentation, and developed new availability and exception reports to reflect the new Hours of Service changes. Qualcomm has worked closely with FleetAdvisor system customers to ensure they will have completed all upgrades with the new Hours of Service rules by the deadline.
The FleetAdvisor system consists of host and mobile software and Qualcomm's MVPc® in-vehicle computer, which complements the OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress® mobile communications systems. Qualcomm's FleetAdvisor system runs on the MVPc in-vehicle computer using the Windows CE operating system. When combined with OmniTRACS or OmniExpress, FleetAdvisor enables private fleets to automate, integrate and improve business processes by relaying information real-time through Qualcomm, the world's leading provider of high-value wireless data solutions.
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 FleetAdvisor, a paperless solution to ensure DOT and IFTA regulatory compliance; 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 490,000 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.
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 OmniTRACS and OmniExpress mobile communications systems and the FleetAdvisor system 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, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.