SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

August 19, 2010 07:30 ET

U.S. Patent on Mobile Based Area Event Handling Issued to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - August 19, 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 7,764,961, titled "Mobile Based Area Event Handling When Currently Visited Network Does Not Cover Area."

This technology gives wireless carriers' user-location systems the ability to provide area-event-triggered services seamlessly even when mobile devices are outside their normal service areas, or "roaming."

An "area event" takes place when a user takes a location-enabled wireless device from one predefined geographical area into another. Many wireless carriers or independent APIs use area events as triggers to send notifications to devices (and ultimately their users) who are entering or leaving predefined target areas. This functionality is used in a myriad of location-based services, including advertising, point-of-interest (PoS) systems, traffic reporting, local search, and social networking.

One of the existing challenges in implementing this type of service is to aim the area event to the mobile within a predefined area. This is especially important when a mobile is roaming where the predefined area may not be known to the current serving network.

The newly patented TCS technology solves this problem. The TCS solution enables the location system to be informed when a mobile device enters an area that covers a pre-defined target area and then re-aim the original area event request to the mobile. It also overcomes the problems associated with network selection when multiple networks area available in a given area. The results are seamless and provide a mobile user with an optimal service experience.

"Event-triggered location-aware data services are increasingly popular with both service providers and mobile users," said Drew Morin, chief technology officer of TCS. "This is because such services deliver an individualized experience based on the mobile user's position. Implementing such services, however, has been a challenge, especially in areas with multiple networks. The TCS invention presents an elegant solution to a fundamental implementation problem."

TCS now holds 118 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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