SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

February 18, 2009 01:45 ET

TCS E112 Solution Enables Operators to Provide EU-Mandated Location Enhanced Emergency Services

TCS Solution Has Proven Track Record in the U.S. and Throughout Europe Solving EU Operator E112 Emergency Services Mandate Requirements

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced that its E112 location-based solution will ensure that mobile operators within all 27 EU countries are compliant with current E112 wireless emergency-services mandate. Further, the TCS solution can evolve and scale with mobile network technology so that location-based compliance as well as transition to Next Generation 1-1-2 is assured in the future.

The EU E112 mandate encourages that all mobile operators who are technically able to offer location-based services to their subscribers must forward the caller's location information to emergency services in the event of a 112 emergency call being made. In Europe, wireless emergency services calls present a complicated picture that differs significantly from country to country. Mobile operators already have many complex issues to deal with such as revenue generation, reduction of churn and service differentiation.

The TCS E-112 Solution is a feature of the company's Xypoint® XLP Location Platform (XLP) and provides the appropriate caller location format for the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) entity to retrieve and dispatch the nearest emergency service assistance to the caller's location. Key features include:

--  When a person dials 112 on their wireless handset, TCS' XLP identifies
    the call as an emergency services call, locates that caller, and delivers
    the callback number and location data to the appropriate Public Safety
    Answering Point (PSAP).
    
--  For subscribers that place an E112 call within a mobile operator
    network that is capable of precise location, the TCS XLP will obtain the
    latitude and longitude (lat/long) of the caller's location and provide the
    location information to the PSAP which then could display that caller's
    location on a Geographic Information Services (GIS) map.
    
--  For subscribers that place an E112 call from a mobile operator network
    not yet capable of precise location, the TCS XLP will provide the Cell ID
    information from the cell site where the call originated to the proper
    PSAP.
    

Additionally, TCS has the capability to provide mobile operator network installations with updates to maintain the operator's compliance, as the European mandated location requirements change.

"TCS applauds the efforts of the EU to ensure that there is a single emergency number in place across all 27 EU countries. We are committed to helping all wireless carriers meet current and future E112 obligations," said Timothy J. Lorello, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for TCS. "No other vendor comes close to the experience TCS has in providing these potentially life-saving services. TCS draws on its valuable and extensive experience in the U.S. emergency services market in which U.S. operators have come to terms with the E9-1-1 mandate -- the forerunner of the E112 mandate implemented by the EU."

An active member of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), TCS is the world's most experienced provider of wireless enhanced emergency services and is the only provider with both hosted and in-network deployments. TCS was the first to deploy wireless enhanced emergency services in the U.S. and now serves more than 25 operators and over 5,000 answering points with over 120 standard and custom line identification databases.

For more information on how TCS can help meet E112 business requirements contact TCS at: E112@telecomsys.com

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)

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 those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.

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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