SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

September 19, 2006 10:15 ET

TCS Receives Cornerstone Location and Presence Patent -- Enables Delivery of Wireless Device Information to Authorized Sources

Mobile Activity Status Tracker Patent Supports Next-Generation Location-Based Services, Including Messaging, Geo-Fencing and Advertising

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 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 7,110,773 titled, "Mobile Activity Status Tracker (MAST)."

The MAST invention allows presence information and location information regarding a particular wireless device, which is contained in the Home Location Register (HLR) of a wireless carrier, to be made available to any authorized outside entity or application. This invention enables authorized sources to use location and presence information for specialized services such as location-based advertising and couponing, mapping, mobile instant messaging, traffic alerts and geo-fencing.

"Providing information from the mobile carrier's HLR serves as a basic element for providing location and presence services," stated Tim Lorello, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for TCS. "TCS' Mobile Activity Status Tracker patent therefore provides an excellent addition to our growing portfolio of location-based intellectual property. Other TCS location and presence building block technologies have similarly been patented or are currently in the patent process."


A MAST comprises a database relating to an individual wireless device subscriber that contains the subscriber's presence and location information. The MAST system duplicates the same or similar information of a HLR and is available to external entities that are not restricted to SS7 standards. The MAST application has the ability to pull presence and location information or to push presence and location information to a requesting entity via the Internet and Intranet.

Mobile presence and location are key concepts for location-based services and applications that require knowledge of a mobile subscriber's availability. Such services include marketing and information applications, as well as public safety and law enforcement applications that make use of a subscriber's last known whereabouts and availability.

TCS now holds 46 patents and has more than 120 additional patent applications pending in the United States and jurisdictions throughout the world.


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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