Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leading provider of wireless data solutions, today announced that its Hours of Service application, an automated system for use with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS solution, will be available to the trucking industry in summer 2005. The Hours of Service application makes use of the electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) embedded in the OmniTRACS solution, and complies with section 395.15 of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations governing the use of EOBRs to document compliance with DOT hours of service regulations. Qualcomm's Hours of Service application also complies with the recently revised hours of service regulations from the DOT.
Improving dispatch decisions helps increase productivity and maximize miles per truck per day, so the Qualcomm Hours of Service application was designed as a proactive management tool, enabling fleets to optimize dispatch assignments by providing accurate, near real-time driver availability information to the load planning process. As a web-based software service, the information is delivered to the dispatch system via a web interface, or can be viewed online with a web browser. The automated record keeping system helps reduce costs substantially by eliminating manual maintenance and processing of paper logs, as well as by mitigating driver violations and fines associated with non-compliance. In addition, the Hours of Service application runs on the OmniTRACS platform, thereby minimizing up-front investment and driver training to deploy.
"Qualcomm is proud to offer our new and existing customers a complete system to improve regulatory compliance through the creation of automated, accurate hours-of-service logs," said Joan Waltman, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. "Beyond DOT compliance, we wanted our Hours of Service application to provide functions that significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of drivers, dispatchers and load planners."
Qualcomm's Hours of Service system features:
- Automatic driving time detection using vehicle sensor data, minimizing driver interaction and data entry
- Web interface for review of driver status, availability and reports
- Up-to-date driver availability information for dispatch optimization through web services
- Automatic hours of service reports for driver management and safety audits, also eliminating he expenses associated with paper logs
- Near real-time notification to drivers and dispatch of impending or actual violations
- Support hotline available for roadside inspections 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the introduction of the OmniTRACS solution provided transportation companies with an innovative and effective way of managing logistics. Today Qualcomm is the industry's global leader in providing high-value wireless data solutions with Network Operations Centers that process more than nine million transactions each day. Qualcomm has shipped more than 590,000 Qualcomm mobile systems to businesses in 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 2004 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 26, 2004, and most recent Form 10-Q.