SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

December 30, 2008 08:00 ET

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Awarded U.S. Patent for Cellular-Augmented Radar and Laser Detection Technology

Location-Based Information to Support Public Safety, Commercial and Homeland Security Applications

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - December 30, 2008) - 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 the company patent number 7,471,236 for "Cellular-Augmented Radar/Laser Detector." This TCS invention allows a cellular-based radar/laser receiver to share emission detection information.

Cellular-augmented radar detectors use the mobile operator's location infrastructure to determine other detectors that are nearby, and to send information to those other devices. Current radar/laser receivers are only able to alert a driver about emissions that their devices detect directly, while TCS' innovative solution will increase the amount of advance notice, allowing a driver significantly more time to react. This invention can be used in many capacities, including:

--  Public Safety
    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
    existing laser-distance-detection systems can help reduce the
    likelihood of rear-end collisions, which represented 30% of 2005
    police-reported collisions; applications of this invention can improve
    notification by increasing the range of detection beyond the individual

--  Commercial
    Traffic congestion identified by a vehicle that is equipped with this
    technology could notify other nearby vehicles which haven't yet reached
    the congestion point, allowing them to choose an alternate route.

--  Homeland Security
    Vehicles in a convoy can constantly communicate position, traffic
    density, and traffic flow over a long distance, allowing a high-profile
    individual to navigate along a more efficient, safe, and protected

"This patent demonstrates the importance of how technologies such as cellular-based radar/laser receivers can leverage location-based services to help increase overall user value in both commercial and government mobile settings," said Drew Morin, senior vice president and chief technical officer for TCS. "Machine-to-machine location-based functionality expands the addressable market for location-based services considerably. TCS provides not only the infrastructure necessary for operators to derive a device's location but also provides a method whereby devices are communicating amongst themselves."

TCS was also issued a Danish patent titled, "A Method of Transmitting Data From a Transmitter To One or More Receivers." This patent was based on a previous European patent by the same name.

TCS now holds 67 patents with 205 applications pending.

About the "Cellular-Augmented Radar/Laser Detector" patent

The "Cellular-Augmented Radar/Laser Detector" patent describes a device comprising a radar or laser detector and a cellular communications component that initiates a warning when information is received from another cellular-augmented detector based upon the proximity of the devices. The patent also describes a method of passing radar or laser emission data from one device to another.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

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

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.

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