SOURCE: TeleCommunications Systems, Inc.

July 07, 2005 07:30 ET

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. and Skyhook Wireless Collaborate to Bring Wi-Fi Positioning to the E9-1-1 Market

Solution for the Latest FCC E9-1-1 VoIP Mandate and Delivery of Callers' Location Information to Mobile VoIP Providers

ANNAPOLIS, MD and BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 7, 2005 -- TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of precise location and wireless data technology, and Skyhook Wireless, provider of the industry's first Wi-Fi-based metro-area positioning system, today announced the companies will work together to integrate the Wi-Fi Positioning System from Skyhook Wireless with the fully-featured E9-1-1 routing capabilities of TCS' VoIP E9-1-1 Service. The combination of technologies will enable Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers and wireless carriers to better meet the FCC mandated E9-1-1 requirements.

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.

The FCC recently issued an additional E9-1-1 mandate that requires VoIP service providers, like wireless carriers, be subject to the existing E9-1-1 location information regulations. According to the FCC, "All interconnected VoIP providers must automatically provide E9-1-1 services to all customers as a standard, mandatory feature without customers having to specifically request this service. VoIP providers may not allow their customers the option to "opt-out" of E9-1-1 service.

A recent study by Sandvine concluded that nearly fifty percent of all VoIP traffic in North America is conducted using "soft phones" -- phone calls that are placed via a laptop or personal computer. With the high-penetration of Wi-Fi enabled laptops and desktops, the combined TCS/Skyhook wireless solution can provide Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) services to these VoIP callers. VoIP providers are now introducing Wi-Fi enabled phones that subscribers can use on their local Wi-Fi networks as well as anywhere in the country with Wi-Fi hotspot access. For example, a business traveler who stops at a Wi-Fi enabled hotspot can easily place low-cost VoIP calls knowing their call will be routed appropriately and that emergency personal can determine their location in the event a VoIP 9-1-1 emergency call is placed from their laptop soft phone or Wi-Fi handset.

"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 will not only address the needs of the emerging VoIP market but will also find new location content opportunities for the Location-Based Services market."

"TCS delivers approximately one half of all the wireless E9-1-1 calls in the United States. With that level of proven wireless experience, they are a natural choice to work with to provide accurate location data for emergency services in the WiFi and VoIP markets and to continue exploring new opportunities to expand the relationship in the future," said Ted Morgan, CEO of Skyhook Wireless.

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 TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a leading provider of mission critical wireless data technology. TCS-designed systems include location and messaging products deployed in wireless carrier networks, applications in enterprise networks for functions including logistics management and proof of delivery, and highly secure deployable communication systems used for government intelligence and defense. Messaging and location-based services, including wireless E 9-1-1, and direct wireless applications are hosted in the company's TL-9000-certified network operations centers and may be available directly from the company or through subscriptions via wireless carriers. For more information visit 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.

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