Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, today announced that a fully automated driver productivity module will be available by June 2004. The first phase of Qualcomm's driver productivity solution provides fleets a stop management system with technology to automatically detect arrival and departure events at all significant stops a vehicle makes en route. The solution will also fully integrate with the industry’s transportation management systems. Qualcomm's driver productivity solution comes at a time when fleets are looking to better optimize their operations to deal with the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours of Service Rules that took effect on January 4, 2004.
"Qualcomm's Stop Management system enables automatic arrival and departure for better driver utilization and fleet productivity by capturing data from all significant stops while en route, not just at the shipper or consignee, without the need for driver intervention," said Glynn Spangenberg, vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Fleets need more accurate and granular visibility of driver activity information to reduce detention and unplanned stops, and this solution satisfies that requirement while offering complete integration to back-office systems typically without mobile hardware upgrades."
Transportation management software providers such as Innovative Computing Corporation, Maddocks Systems and McLeod Software have all taken a pioneering role in supporting the new Qualcomm driver productivity module with their dispatch platforms.
"With the ability to receive alerts of planned and unplanned events in real-time, we can provide our customers with the information that they need to drive efficiencies throughout their operations," said Tom McLeod, president and CEO of McLeod Software. "Qualcomm's large installed customer base will allow our mutual customers to leverage their existing fleet management systems to gain access to these valuable enhancements."
Qualcomm’s driver productivity solution is a true stop management system with data delivery that automatically determines arrival and departure events for OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress® equipped vehicles, both at planned and unplanned stop locations, while fully integrating with a customer’s enterprise system. The driver productivity module leverages existing capabilities within Qualcomm's mobile communications solutions to identify customer-defined landmarks and significantly increase the accuracy of operational data. This increased data accuracy enhances operational efficiency for carriers by enabling proof of on-time delivery, EDI status updates, measurement of excessive detention at pickup/delivery appointments, enhanced security through detection of stops at unsafe locations, automatic notice if vehicle stops driving, and tracking and auditing of drivers' hours of service. The driver productivity module is available to most QTRACS/400 customers, typically without mobile hardware upgrades, and will soon be available on Qualcomm's certified software providers' platforms.
Qualcomm plans further enhancements in 2004 leading to the fulfillment of its vision for a full driver productivity module. Interested carriers should contact their Qualcomm representative.
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; OmniExpress®, a CDMA-based wireless communications system; 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 nearly 500,000 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 the S&P 500 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 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 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.