SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

August 18, 2010 14:30 ET

U.S. Patent for Cellular-Augmented Radar and Laser Detection Technology Issued to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) -  TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced the issuance by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of patent number 7,764,219 for "Cellular-Augmented Radar/Laser Detector." This TCS invention allows a cellular-based radar/laser receiver to share emission detection information. Importantly, it provides an independent location determination and a tiered data structure for more accurate warning.

Cellular-augmented radar detectors use the mobile operator's location infrastructure to determine other detectors that are nearby, and to send information to those other devices. Current radar/laser receivers are only able to alert a driver about local transmissions that their devices detect directly. By conveying information from nearby, but undetectable, devices, TCS' innovative solution will increase the amount of advance notice, allowing a driver significantly more time to react. This invention can be used in many capacities, including:

  • Public Safety
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, existing laser-distance-detection systems can help reduce the likelihood of rear-end collisions, which represented 30% of 2005 police-reported collisions; applications of this invention can improve notification by increasing the range of detection beyond the individual vehicle.
  • Commercial
    Traffic congestion identified by a vehicle that is equipped with this technology could notify other nearby vehicles which haven't yet reached the congestion point, allowing them to choose an alternate route.
  • Homeland Security
    Vehicles in a convoy can constantly communicate position, traffic density, and traffic flow over a long distance, allowing a high-profile individual to navigate along a more efficient, safe and protected route.

"This patent demonstrates the importance of how technologies such as cellular-based radar/laser receivers can leverage location-based services to help increase overall user value in both commercial and government mobile settings," said Drew Morin, senior vice president and chief technical officer for TCS. "Machine-to-machine location-based functionality expands the addressable market for location-based services considerably. TCS provides not only the infrastructure necessary for operators to derive a device's location but also provides a method whereby devices are communicating amongst themselves." 

TCS now holds 117 patents with over 300 applications pending. To learn more about TCS patents, please visit: http://www.telecomsys.com/about/ip-licensing/patents.aspx

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize TCS' cyber security expertise and professional services. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, 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 those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

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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