FMCSA awards $2 million to Qualcomm and SAIC

| 8/14/2003

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded a $2 million contract to Qualcomm Inc. and Science Applications International Corp. to develop and field test an untethered trailer asset management system for high-value or high-security-risk loads.

The field test will quantify the costs and benefits associated with systems designed to track trailers when they are not attached to a tractor.

The system will provide on-board hardware, power management, network services and data-integration capabilities, the companies said in a statement. The companies were among three teams solicited to submit proposals in early July.

The announcement came after FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg testified in Congress the agency would seek private sector partnerships to develop systems intended to improve trucking safety and security.

Chris Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions, said, "This operational field test will demonstrate the benefits of untethered trailer tracking systems, which improve productivity and security for the trucking industry. Such systems enable greater safety and more efficient use of our nation's highways."

SAIC is the prime contractor for the project, with Qualcomm as the technology integrator. Trucking companies currently planning to participate in the test include Super Service Inc., Somerset, KY; R&R Trucking, Duenweg, MO; and Paschall Truck Lines Inc., Murray, KY. Operational field testing is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2004.

--by Dick Larsen, senior editor

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