SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

September 20, 2005 06:30 ET

TCS, Skyhook Wireless and deltathree Bring Live Wi-Fi E9-1-1 Demonstration to VON Conference

Combined Technologies Stage Production of Mobile Wi-Fi VoIP E9-1-1 Calls at TCS Booth # 337

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2005 -- TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, Skyhook Wireless, a provider of the industry's first Wi-Fi based metro-area positioning system, and deltathree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDDC), a leading provider of proven, high-quality Internet telephony products, solutions and infrastructure, to deliver Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) 9-1-1 services, today announced the companies are demonstrating Nomadic VoIP E9-1-1 call support at the VON Conference, TCS booth # 337, September 20-22 in Boston. The combination of TCS and Skyhook technologies with deltathree products will enable VoIP service providers and wireless carriers to better meet the full-range of FCC mandated E9-1-1 VoIP requirements.

The demonstrations will be conducted inside the Boston convention center and will showcase deltathree's VoIP subscribers using soft client phones (PC Phone) provided by deltathree to place mobile E9-1-1 calls while near a Wi-Fi access point. This groundbreaking solution represents a significant milestone toward the goal of addressing the need to provide E9-1-1 services in the nomadic VoIP marketplace. The location of calls made from these devices will be determined using Skyhook's Wi-Fi positioning system; the calls will be subsequently routed to the appropriate phone bank using TCS' proven VoIP E9-1-1 solution.

The combination of technologies enables broadband service providers to support E9-1-1 calling from soft-clients and the emerging class of Wi-Fi phones. Specifically, deltathree's customizable Outsourced Platform Solution will power the overall wVoIP offering, Skyhook Wireless' Wi-Fi positioning technology will identify the geo-location of the Wi-Fi device placing the call, and TCS' routing and delivery technology will deliver the latitude/longitude coordinates. As a result, the call will be directed to the proper PSAP in the phone bank and the display location of the device placing the call will be displayed on the flat panel monitors.

"This is the first live demonstration of a nomadic VoIP E9-1-1 solution using automatic location technology. Skyhook is pleased to be working with TCS and deltathree to highlight this important milestone solution for the Voice over IP market," said Ted Morgan, CEO of Skyhook Wireless.

Paul White, Chief Financial Officer of deltathree, stated, "deltathree believes that working with industry leaders like TCS and Skyhook on this important prototype is imperative to the overall deployment of a permanent solution to VoIP 9-1-1 calls delivery in all instances. Because of deltathree's specific expertise in the integration of E9-1-1 solutions and general expertise in serving a diverse set of large and small service providers, we are especially pleased with this demonstration's value to public safety. Our ability to offer deltathree service provider customers VoIP 9-1-1 service reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering a broad selection of advanced applications through our Outsourced Platform Solution to ensure our customers have the most robust solutions possible."

In many markets, VoIP is rapidly becoming a primary phone line replacement. TCS continues to assist wireless carriers with implementation of the FCC mandated Phase I and Phase II requirements to accurately identify wireless callers' location information for delivery of emergency services. While wireless E9-1-1 deployments continue, the VoIP industry is gaining subscribers and must address the nomadic and mobile needs of public safety as well. Until now, there has been no reliable way for mobile VoIP providers to identify a caller's location. The TCS/Skyhook Wireless collaboration will be instrumental in resolving the delivery of mobile and nomadic location information.

"TCS currently has agreements to provide E9-1-1 call routing and delivery service to over thirty-five wireless carriers and VoIP service providers in the U.S. With the addition of Skyhook's innovative location technology, TCS' proven E9-1-1 service offering is enhanced. Our customers are better enabled to meet the FCC mandates," said Drew Morin, Chief Technology Officer for TCS. "We believe the combined efforts of TCS and Skyhook Wireless in coordination with deltathree to provide this meaningful live demonstration address the urgent needs of the emerging VoIP market."

ABOUT SKYHOOK WIRELESS

Founded in 2003, Skyhook Wireless has pioneered the development of the first-ever metro-area positioning system that leverages Wi-Fi rather than satellites or cell towers to deliver precise location data supporting the growing market for location-based services. The Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS) requires no new hardware, works indoors and outdoors, provides an instant location and is more accurate than current technologies in congested downtown areas. Skyhook Wireless is headquartered in Boston, MA, and is privately held. For more information on the company and its Wi-Fi positioning system, visit www.skyhookwireless.com, send email to info@skyhookwireless.com or call 781.898.0495.

ABOUT DELTATHREE

Founded in 1996, deltathree is a leading provider of hosted, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) products, services and infrastructure. deltathree offers customers high quality Internet telephony solutions that are viable and cost-effective alternatives to traditional telephone services. Supporting hundreds of thousands of active users around the world, deltathree serves customers through its three primary distribution channels: the Outsourced Platform Solution, the Reseller Program and iConnectHere. deltathree's customized Outsourced Platform Solution offers service providers worldwide a broad range of private label VoIP products such as PC Phone and Broadband Phone, as well as a robust back-office suite of services such as billing, operations management, web development, and network management. Supporting a global network of resellers, deltathree's Reseller Program offers a quick and efficient solution for Internet cafes, call shops and small Internet service providers to enter the VoIP telecommunication services market. iConnectHere, deltathree's consumer division, provides award-winning VoIP products directly to consumers and small businesses online.

For more information about deltathree and iConnectHere, visit our website at www.deltathree.com and visit us at the VON Fall 2005 Conference & Expo -- Suite 254A.

ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to carriers, enterprise and government customers. TCS' wireless data offerings include location-based Enhanced 9-1-1 services, messaging and location service infrastructure for wireless operators, real-time market data and alerts to financial institutions, mobile asset management and mobile office solutions for enterprises, and encrypted satellite communications to government customers. For more information, visit http://www.telecomsys.com

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 as early as anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand 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 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.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Rita Thompson
    TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    410-295-1865
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    deltathree Media Contact:
    Adam J. Handelsman/Alysha Crouse
    5W Public Relations
    Tel: 1-212-999-5585
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    deltathree Investor Contact:
    Erik Knettel
    The Global Consulting Group
    Tel: 1-646-284-9415
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    Skyhook Wireless Media Contact:
    Beth Winkowski
    Winkowski Public Relations
    (978) 649-7189
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