Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in providing wireless data solutions, today announced that its OmniTRACS® mobile communications solution now has service in Alaska and Hawaii, extending its coverage footprint to all 50 U.S. states and the NAFTA region. The OmniTRACS solution will provide wireless monitoring service to trucks transporting freight within Alaska and along the Alcan Highway. Carlile Transportation Systems is the first Alaska based carrier to conduct its own trial of OmniTRACS, allowing the Carlile operation to ensure the safety and security of their high value and sensitive loads.
“As Alaska’s first user of OmniTRACS, we know that maintaining in-transit visibility of our
sensitive loads, drivers and equipment is a crucial benefit for the future growth of our company,” said Harry McDonald, president of Carlile Transportation Systems. “We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Qualcomm so we can continue to use OmniTRACS, while ensuring that our high-risk freight is secure at all times.”
“Qualcomm is pleased to bring the OmniTRACS service to carriers in Alaska and Hawaii,” said Norman L. Ellis, vice president and general manager for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. “Qualcomm’s total solution has the potential to enable Alaska- and Hawaii-based fleets to experience the same productivity, efficiency and safety benefits that trucking companies in the contiguous 48 states have been reaping for more than a decade.”
In addition to Alaska’s transportation fleets, the extended service coverage will also allow Boatracs, LLC, Qualcomm’s exclusive marine distributor, to provide marine-based coverage for tug boats, barges and fishing boats in Alaska and Hawaii.
“Boatracs will now be able to further grow its offshore subscribers in North America by offering its location-based services and commercial marine applications to the offshore commercial marine industry in Alaska and Hawaii,” said Dave Brandos, vice president of business development for Boatracs.
Founded in 1980 by brothers John and Harry McDonald, Carlile Transportation Systems has grown from two tractors to one of Alaska’s largest asset-based motor carriers. Carlile operates more than 160 company-owned trucks and 1200 pieces of specialized trailing equipment to handle even the most unusual load. Today, Carlile’s wholly-owned terminals serve Alaska from Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, Seward, Seattle, Edmonton, Alberta and Houston, Texas. Carlile provides a wide range of transportation and logistics services, throughout Alaska, Canada and the Continental USA, www.carlile.biz.
For over a decade, Boatracs has been setting the pace in the maritime communications field, providing cost-effective integrated hardware and software solutions for over 400 commercial fleets. The Boatracs solution is backed by the industry’s only Network Operations Center that is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Boatracs helps its customers achieve significant cost savings by automating workflow and integrating their operations management for both supply vessels, known in the industry as workboats, and to oceanic commercial fishing operations. On September 14, 2004, AirIQ announced that that it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of the assets of Boatracs. AirIQ trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IQ. AirIQ is headquartered in Pickering, near Toronto, Canada and operates as a wireless Internet applications service provider specializing in telematics.
Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the introduction of the OmniTRACS mobile communications solution 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.
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 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.