SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

October 10, 2006 09:06 ET

TCS Is Awarded Patent for Sharing Location Information Among Multiple Applications

Reduces Carrier Costs by Eliminating Unnecessary Network Messaging Traffic

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued patent number 7,120,450 titled, "Consequential Location Derived Information."

This invention describes methods for a Location Server to share location information with multiple applications without initiating additional network queries. Sharing the location information among applications reduces network messaging traffic and thus improves system performance. Additionally, sharing location information reduces the cost to a subscriber by eliminating unnecessary location fixes and the resulting data traffic.

For example, if a subscriber has a friend finder application, a navigation application and a point of interest application, then that subscriber would only have to make one location request to send his or her current location to all three applications. The invention also applies to third-party services that have authorization to receive a subscriber's location or receive anonymous locations. Thus, a traffic application may use existing location information from multiple subscribers to determine local traffic conditions without doing a separate polling of each user's current location.

"The sharing of location information among applications enables the applications to perform better and cost less," stated Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for TCS. "As location-based service applications multiply in the marketplace, this invention will increase in value to both carriers and subscribers."

TCS now holds 48 patents and has more than 120 additional patent applications pending in the United States and jurisdictions throughout the world.


The Consequential Location Derived Information patent discloses methods and apparatus for providing location information regarding a wireless device to a requesting application and to other applications not involved in the initial request. The location of the wireless device can be supplied by a home location register, message service center, cached memory, radio access network, Global Positioning System (GPS) or by a network trigger as the device moves from one cell site to another.


TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) produces wireless data communications technology solutions that require proven high levels of reliability. TCS provides wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 network-based services, secure deployable communication systems and engineered satellite-based services, and commercial location applications, like traffic and navigation, using the precise location of a wireless device. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of 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 based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.

The actual results realized by the Company could differ materially from the statements made herein, depending in particular upon the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These include without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's financial results and the ability of the Company to (i) reach and sustain profitability when anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand for its products and services, (iii) conduct its business in foreign countries, (iv) adapt and integrate new technologies into its products, (v) expand its business offerings in the new wireless data industry, (vi) develop software and provide services without any errors or defects, (vii) protect its intellectual property rights, and (viii) implement its sales and marketing strategy.

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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