Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading provider of business-to-business wireless enterprise applications and services, today announced that it recently hosted more than 100 customers and Qualcomm Alliance Program members at its first InnoVision User Conference. The new annual event, which was held earlier this month in San Diego, was a comprehensive conference for Qualcomm customers and partners in the United States transportation and logistics industry. Transportation executives and senior managers gathered to learn about new technology innovations and best practices designed to improve business operations and performance.
“Qualcomm is committed to being a partner, not just a vendor, to our customers to help them find solutions to their business challenges,” said Norm Ellis, vice president and general manager of transportation and logistics for Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. “This conference was designed to help our customers maximize their investments in Qualcomm fleet management applications and services and address today's most critical challenges to the industry including high driver turnover rates, soaring fuel prices and new regulatory requirements.”
Attendees of InnoVision 2006 learned about the newest tools and technologies designed to enhance productivity and streamline business operations, including two new tools from Qualcomm - the Critical Event Reporting application and the DataVisor™ business intelligence platform. Presentations by industry experts and customers covered topics such as optimizing fleet fuel savings and technology tools for safety and accident prevention. Several customers shared best practices and discussed real-world applications of Qualcomm technologies, including trailer tracking and driver performance monitoring in their own operations. Qualcomm technical advisors were available to answer questions and give live demonstrations of next-generation onboard computing technologies and attendees had the opportunity to see product demonstrations from seven Qualcomm Alliance Program members, as well as view demonstrations of technologies developed by Qualcomm for markets outside of the transportation industry.
Guest speakers included Patrick E. Quinn, chairman of the American Trucking Associations and co-chairman of U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.; Paul Knoll of Schneider National; Randy Vaughn of Distribution Technologies (DistTech); Lori Pavlish of Dow Chemical Company; David Potts of the American Trucking Associations; Perry Norman of Target Corporation; John Pope of Cargo Transporters; Barry Pottle of Pottle's Transportation; and Sam Wilkes of FleetRisk Advisors.
Keynote speaker, Patrick Quinn, spoke about the state of the transportation industry, offering his perspective on the industry-wide driver shortage issue and the importance of leveraging technology to improve productivity. InnoVision 2006 closed with “Be Great - Make Others Great,” a presentation from special guest speakers Peter Hilary and Jamling Norgay, world-renowned adventurers who followed in their fathers' footsteps - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay -and have climbed Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak. Hilary and Norgay related their own lessons in commitment, leadership, planning and teamwork learned on the slopes of Mt. Everest to succeeding in the business world.
Qualcomm has helped the transportation industry become more efficient since 1988 when the introduction of the OmniTRACS® mobile communication system began providing transportation companies with an innovative and effective way of managing fleet logistics. Today, Qualcomm is the industry's global leader in providing high-value wireless data platforms, 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.