Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading provider of business-to-business wireless enterprise applications and services, today announced that an initiative to help increase the likelihood of recovering abducted children has prompted significant positive response from trucking companies nationwide. The AMBER Alert Highway Network, through a collaboration with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), redistributes AMBER Alerts directly to truck drivers, significantly broadening the audience of those who can watch for abducted children. The number of carriers participating in the AMBER Alert Highway Network has more than doubled since it was launched in mid-March. Two tanker carriers, bulk liquid commodities carrier Distribution Technologies Inc. and tanker specialist Grammer Industries Inc., are among the participants. Both the American Trucking Associations and the National Tank Truck Carriers have expressed support for the growing initiative.
“Qualcomm is proud to use our technologies and services to work with NCMEC, trucking companies and their drivers across the country to help locate abducted children,” said Joan Waltman, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. “The initiative's growth is inspiring, and we encourage fleets to learn more and join the AMBER Alert Highway Network so that even more of America's professional truck drivers can participate.”
In addition to DistTech and Grammer Industries, members of the AMBER Alert Highway Network include: Wal-Mart; Tyson Foods, Inc.; CR England; FedEx Custom Critical; FedEx Supply Chain Services; National Freight; Cornhusker Motor Lines, Inc.; J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.; Cargo Transporters; AVERITT; Boyle Transportation; Gordon Trucking, Inc.; Pottles Transportation, Inc.; G&P Trucking; US Xpress Enterprises, Inc.; Trans-System Inc.; Raven Transport; Howard Baer, Inc.; South Shore Transportation Company; and Panther II Transportation. Combined, these companies dispatch more than 35,000 drivers across the country every day.
Secondary methods of AMBER Alert distribution, such as the AMBER Alert Highway Network, which delivers Alerts through the OmniTRACS® mobile communications system, assist in achieving the overall goal of the AMBER Alert program - to notify as many people as possible about a recent child abduction and provide information that can help in the search for the abducted child, suspected abductor and/or suspected vehicle and in the safer return of the child. For drivers to receive Alerts through on-board communications solutions, transportation carriers must be enrolled in the AMBER Alert Highway Network. For more information about the AMBER Alert Highway Network and instructions to enroll, please visit www.qualcomm.com/qwbs or call 1-800-348-7227.
“Truck drivers have already proven to be a valuable asset in monitoring the nation's roads for missing children. Qualcomm's mobile communications system helps increase the reach, and therefore the effectiveness, of AMBER Alerts,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO, NCMEC. “Just one driver knowing what to look for on the road could assist law enforcement in the safer recovery of an abducted child.”
Each of the 50 United States has a statewide AMBER Alert program, as do the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since the program's inception in 1997, AMBER Alerts have been credited with the successful recovery of more than 250 children.
NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 387,800 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 119,800 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 102,200 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at www.missingkids.com.
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 is the industry's global leader in providing high-value wireless data solutions, applications and services. Qualcomm has shipped more than 694,000 mobile systems to businesses in 39 countries on four continents. Processing more than 12.5 million data transactions daily, Qualcomm's Network Operations Centers are staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2006 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.