SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

October 29, 2009 11:00 ET

TeleCommunication Systems CEO Appointed to FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council

Brings Council Over Three Decades of Mission-Critical Wireless Communications Experience Supporting Government and Commercial Organizations

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that Maurice B. Tosé has been selected to serve on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). As a member of the CSRIC, he joins a prestigious group of communications industry leaders who will provide recommendations to the Commission regarding best practices and actions to ensure optimal security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems, including public safety, telecommunications and media communications.

Mr. Tosé will assist the CSRIC as it fulfills its charter, including:

  • Developing and recommending best practices and actions the FCC can take that promote reliable 9-1-1 and enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) service;
  • Analyzing and recommending technical options to enable accurate and reliable dynamic E9-1-1 location identification for interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services;
  • Recommending options to ensure the availability of communications capacity during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or other events that result in exceptional strain on the communications infrastructure, and methods to ensure and facilitate the rapid restoration of communications services in the event of widespread or major disruptions;
  • Evaluating ways to strengthen the collaboration between communications service providers and public safety entities during emergencies and make recommendations for how they can be improved; and
  • Making recommendations with respect to such additional topics as the FCC may specify. To view the CSRIC's complete charter visit: www.fcc.gov/pshs/docs/advisory/csric/csric-charter-final.pdf

"It is an honor to be appointed to this very important council of leaders in emergency communications," said Mr. Tosé. "The missions of the CSRIC and TCS are closely aligned in terms of ensuring communications technologies and services are put into place to provide the highest levels of security and reliability. I look forward to providing my experience and recommendations for making certain our nation's communications networks and services are dependable during times of crisis as well as an ongoing basis."

Maurice B. Tosé co-founded TCS in 1987 and has served as Chairman of the Board, President and CEO since then. Under his leadership, TCS pioneered the methods by which Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in the U.S. are able to receive a wireless or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) subscriber's location during calls for emergency assistance. The TCS E9-1-1 system today provides cable, VoIP and wireless E9-1-1 service for more than 150 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. In addition, TCS currently operates the only TL9000-certified wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 Network Operations Center in the world and supports emergency services for over 150,000 E9-1-1 calls daily.

Prior to founding TCS, he was the Director of Department of Defense Programs for Techmatics, Inc. Mr. Tosé graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Analysis. Following his graduation, he served on active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Commander after 30 years of combined active and reserve service. Mr. Tosé currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the Governor's International Advisory Council of Maryland.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle. For more information, visit www.telecomsys.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Risks include without limitation that LBS infrastructure revenues will not increase, and those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the reports on Forms 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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