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Issue #2003 - 28 (November 2003)
(Updated Nov. 4, 2003)

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

QUALCOMM Announces Awards for Innovative Wireless Data Deployments - - Leading Companies, Public Agencies and Non Profit Organizations Recognized

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-/ -- QUALCOMM, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the winners of the first annual 3G innovative wireless deployment awards. 

After receiving more than 120 nominations from leading companies, public agencies and non profit organizations, and announcing 34 finalists, the judges have selected 11 winners whose wireless data solutions were based on third-generation (3G) CDMA2000 wireless networks. Two awards -- one for innovation and the other for impact -- were presented for each of the five categories represented: small, medium and large companies, public agencies and non profit organizations.

The A-List Innovation Award was presented to winners demonstrating creative concept and approach for their wireless data solution, as well as innovation expressed through a unique adaptation to an existing wireless deployment, or as a completely new solution.

This year's winners are:

Small Companies

A-List Innovation -- Global Vision Interactive, Inc.
The company created a CDMA2000-enabled interactive touch-screen for the passenger section of taxicabs to provide passengers in major U.S. cities with various services, including real-time news, sports and weather information.

A-List Impact -- Camping Companies, Inc.
Using ruggedized, CDMA-enabled laptops mounted in vehicles and custom patented software, field and office employees can access lien holder accounts and update them with real-time information, eliminating a paper-based system.

Medium Companies

A-List Innovation -- CROSSMARK
A consumer packaged goods sales force automation solution uses handheld devices equipped with CDMA2000, enabling its national sales force to increase speed-to-shelf at retail locations and drive market share at the point of purchase.

A-List Impact -- Momentum Group
A sales force automation solution using a lightweight laptop with a CDMA2000 modem enables sales agents to search databases for fabrics, display fabric samples and fulfill customer orders at the point of sale.

Large Companies

A-List Innovation -- PPL Electric Utilities 
 Based on machine-to-machine communications, this automated meter reading solution uses firmware and embedded CDMA2000 telemetry modules to transmit real-time data from meters in the field back to the company's operations center.

A-List Impact -- Ohio Casualty Group 
Using a laptop equipped with a CDMA2000 modem, auto insurance field adjusters and appraisers can download new cases, update claims records and respond to customer queries, providing faster customer response and reduced cycle times.

Public Agencies

A-List Innovation -- Ontario Police Department
Using a custom-built handheld device with CDMA2000 and a biometric application that uses fingerprint identification, police officers can now positively identify questionable subjects and check individuals for
outstanding warrants at the site of investigation.

A-List Impact -- Broward Sheriff's Office
A laptop equipped with a CDMA2000 modem and access to Florida's child reporting database replaces a manual system, allowing child protective investigators to respond to child abuse allegations while expediting reporting on child abuse cases.

Non Profit Organizations

A-List Innovation -- YouthPlaces
Using CDMA2000 connectivity and bar code scanning technology, youth coordinators can track the attendance and activities of more than 5,000 children annually.

A-List Impact --MOXXI --Medical Office of the Future
A field force automation solution using handhelds with CDMA2000 allows physicians and pharmacists to exchange secure patient information, helping doctors to reduce the risk of adverse drug events and prescribing errors.

Best of Show

CSX Transportation, Inc. (NYSE: CSX)
Railroad conductors wear customized mobile device equipped with CDMA2000, allowing the wireless exchange of work order completion and scheduling information between the conductors and railroad offices.

For further information on 3G applications, services and devices, please visit QUALCOMM's newly revised site at www.3gtoday.com . To learn more about QUALCOMM's enterprise market development activities, please visit www.qualcomm.com/enterprise/.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: We applaud Qualcomm to advance the use of wireless data by honoring those companies who have used this technology in an innovative way. Qualcomm has recognized the contribution of wireless data business application in the enterprise sector. In contrast, GSM group continues to put emphasis on voice-centric applications awards. Not that voice is not important for operating market growth, it is the future markets where we need role models. May be, GSM organization will soon recognize the contribution of the enterprise sector for its business growth strategy.

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