Qualcomm adds new features to OmniVision

Qualcomm recently announced new applications for the OmniVision mobile computing platform, and a terrestrial (CDMA) option for fleets or portions of fleets that do not require ubiquitous coverage. The system upgrade is a software and over-the-air firmware update. The new applications include Critical Event Reporting (CER), Maptuit’s NaviGo in-cab navigation, Vehicle Maintenance and new driver e-mail and content delivery options for improved logistical planning, operational performance and driver satisfaction.

Qualcomm’s CER application records, retrieves and analyzes truck and driver performance information – including data from third-party safety devices – to reconstruct and review critical events such as hard braking. CER data automatically is sent over the air immediately following an event, says Norm Ellis, vice president and general manager of transportation and logistics for Qualcomm Enterprise Services, formerly known as Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions.

Vehicle Maintenance gives fleet managers a view into the mechanics of their fleet’s truck engines to monitor engine performance and troubleshoot if something goes wrong, Ellis says. Driver e-mail allows drivers to receive and send messages to/from designated family and friends at no charge; “Jill,” the voice of the OmniVision platform, broadcasts received messages over the air so drivers can concentrate on driving. Content delivery allows transportation companies to send audio files with important messages over the air to a specific driver or to their entire fleet of drivers.