Qualcomm offers portable solution

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Qualcomm last month introduced a portable computing solution capable of transmitting electronic signatures securely via satellite communications. The portable system results from a joint effort of Qualcomm and wireless solution provider Agentek. Qualcomm said fleets will be able to transmit secure electronic signatures in 60- to 100-byte message sizes, allowing for automated proof of delivery and improvements in billing cycle times, load planning and customer service.

The first customer to implement the portable solution is Milan, Tenn.-based Milan Express. “In addition to the productivity benefits, the encryption and security features built into the system enable us to transmit sensitive information without worrying about fraud or data tampering,” said Bruce Kalem, vice president and chief financial officer of Milan Express.

Qualcomm also announced that it is beginning the next phase in its development of an untethered trailer asset management system for high-value or high-security loads. The product will operate on any of three bands, choosing the least-cost routing option.

Since 1989, Qualcomm has offered a tethered tracking system, TrailerTRACS, which offers trailer identification, drop-and-hook notification, location, status and refrigeration information. The new untethered system will offer those features plus others, including door and cargo sensors, geofencing, over-the-air upgradeability and visibility of assets and loads.

The company also said it has successfully tested high data rate technology over its satellite network, giving customers a peak data transmission rate of up to 200 times the rate they have available today. Higher rates will enable more intelligent in-cab applications, such as electronic imaging, the company said.