QUALCOMM team commissioned to develop new trailer-tracking technology

SAN DIEGO, (Aug. 13, 2003) — Digital wireless technology provider QUALCOMM today announced that the company and Science Applications International Corp. have been awarded a $2 million contract from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the development and field testing of an untethered trailer asset management system for high-value or high-security risk loads.

The system will provide sophisticated on-board hardware, advanced power management network services, and extensive data integration capabilities using digital cellular, PCS, and analog communications.

The field operational test will quantify the costs and benefits associated with systems designed to track trailers when they are not attached to a tractor, the company says. The test is expected to assist companies in their decisions to deploy this type of technology for more effective trailer utilization and improved safety and security in the movement of hazardous materials and high-value cargo.

In the test, QUALCOMM will use its TrailerTRACS untethered tracking system, which is currently under development.

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