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Fleets at heart of management software venture

European fleets are at the forefront of a new five-year joint venture announced by two communications companies.

Mobile communications expert QUALCOMM Incorporated and Paris-based satellite provider Eutelsat have joined forces to launch a fleet management software system aimed at European fleet operators.

The system, they say, will help operators 'increase operating efficiencies, enhance customer service and improve productivity'.

Called EutelTRACS, it is a satellite-based mobile communications and tracking system that offers fleet operators realtime messaging and position reporting. Messages are sent via satellite through Eutelsat's Network Management.

'By partnering with Eutelsat, which has offered EutelTRACS in Europe for 10 years, QUALCOMM has joined with a technology expert that can work with us to bring the most technically superior, customer-orientated mobile communications solutions to Europe,' said QUALCOMM Wireless Business Solutions Europe managing director Simon Harris.

EutelTRACS is the European version of QUALCOMM Wireless Business Solutions' mobile communications system, OmniTRACS.

The companies describe the OmniTRACS system as 'an interactive, fully integrated information system that includes two-way mobile communications, satellite tracking and fleet management software'.

To date, the companies add, more than 400,000 OmniTRACS systems have been sold worldwide.

Commenting on the deal, Eutelsat's multimedia director Arduino Patacchini said: 'This new agreement with QUALCOMM, a world leader in wireless data technology, brings new impetus to the continued expansion and diversification of satellite-based communications and tracking.' (December 2001)

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