Continental Automotive GmbH (Continental), one of the leading companies in the global automotive industry, and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading provider of business-to-business wireless enterprise applications and services, announced today that they have signed a cooperation agreement allowing both companies to promote and market their respective technology solutions for the transport logistics industry in Europe.
Pursuant to the cooperation agreement, Continental will market Qualcomm’s fleet management solutions through its VDO digital tachograph distribution network. Simultaneously, Qualcomm will market Continental’s VDO brand digital tachograph products and related services to its European customers. The cooperation agreement also enables joint customers to automatically download and transfer data from the VDO digital tachograph’s mass memory onto a secure site accessible to customers at any time.
“Because the combined solution transmits driver card data and mass memory from the digital tachograph wirelessly, drivers will no longer need to interrupt their journeys to download this critical data at their home base,” said Bill Karnazes, managing director of Qualcomm Enterprise Services Europe. “Transport companies can plan their trips and vehicles more efficiently and will be able to reduce their operational costs.”
“This commercial, technical and marketing alliance in Europe between two leaders in the field of telematics is expected to provide European transport and logistics professionals access to fully integrated fleet management solutions, which are designed to contribute to improving their productivity and reducing operational overheads,” adds Lutz Scholten, vice president, Business Unit Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket, Continental.
Fleet management solutions developed by Qualcomm, such as the OmniExpress™ mobile information system and the Mobile Computing Platform 200 series (MCP200), when connected to the latest generation of VDO digital tachographs, are expected soon to enable fleet managers to automatically and remotely download mass memory information and access it at Qualcomm’s FleetVisor™ Web portal. Additionally, VDO customers equipped with VDO digital tachographs will have the opportunity to access Qualcomm’s innovative fleet management solutions through the VDO sales force. This solution can assist fleet managers in ensuring compliance with the European Union’s data archiving requirements using Continental’s Web-based data evaluation program, VDO TIS-Web.
With sales of approximately €24 billion in 2008, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 134,000 at nearly 190 locations in 37 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions — Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €5.1 billion in 2008, 27,000 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €4 billion in 2008, 25,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €5.9 billion in 2008, 31,000 employees) — achieved sales of approximately €15 billion in 2008. The Automotive Group is present in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost efficiency.
Within the Continental Interior Division, the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle, special vehicle and aftermarket sector. A global network of sales and service companies ensures proximity to local customers. Covering the product brands Continental, VDO, ATE and Barum, the Business Unit offers electronic products, systems and services for commercial and special vehicles, a broad selection of products for specialized workshops, and spare parts for the Independent Aftermarket and the Original Equipment Services after end-of-series production of the vehicle manufacturer.
Since 1988, Qualcomm Enterprise Services has provided integrated wireless systems and services to transportation and logistics companies around the world. With more than 1.3 million mobile units shipped to businesses in 39 countries on four continents, Qualcomm Enterprise Services delivers the business insight these companies need in order to operate at peak performance and provide superior customer service. Backed by a global, 24x7, world-class technology infrastructure, customer care and professional services, Qualcomm Enterprise Services is positioned to meet and exceed the increasingly complex and business-critical needs of its more than 2,500 clients.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) 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 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2009 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.