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TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

June 08, 2009 12:30 ET

TeleCommunication Systems Speaking at National Emergency Number Association's 9-1-1 Conference

Industry Veterans Dick Dickinson and Roger Marshall Address Key Industry Topics; Non-Initialized Wireless Phones, NG9-1-1 Standards & Impacts and New Services & Technology Convergence

ANNAPOLIS, MD and FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - NENA, booth #215 - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced Dick Dickinson, Senior Director of Public Safety for TCS, and Roger Marshall, TCS Senior Technical Staff, are speaking at the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) 28th Annual 9-1-1 Conference & Trade Show, held June 6-11, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Dickinson is participating in a vendor presentation discussing non-initialized wireless phones and will also present on an industry panel addressing the evolution of communications such as new devices, services, and technology convergence issues. Mr. Marshall will participate in two panels focused on Next Generation 9-1-1 and the NENA NG9-1-1 Project. Specific topics, location and times are listed below.

-- "Next Generation 9-1-1 in Plain English"
    June 8, 2009 - 1:30pm-2:30pm CDT
    Room 204B

During this panel Roger Marshall, TCS Senior Technical Staff, and other industry executives will provide attendees with straightforward information on Next Generation 9-1-1. Attendees will learn what they can do today to position their 9-1-1 service to take advantage of Next Generation 9-1-1 technology. The session will be half presentation and half interactive discussion/Q&A. Most importantly, it will be presented in plain English -- with clear graphic illustrations and minimal use of acronyms.

-- "NG9-1-1 Standards & Impacts: The NENA NG9-1-1 Project & What It Means
     to You"
    June 9, 2009 - 11:00am-12pm CDT
    Room 204B

Why is fully standards based NG9-1-1 so important at local, state, and national levels? What are the positives of using standards and the negatives of not having them? How is the NENA NG9-1-1 Project approaching standards development and what partnering is being done for standards development? Roger Marshall, TCS Senior Technical Staff, along with key influencers in the industry will answers these questions and more!

-- "Changing Communications: New Devices, New Services, & Technology
    June 9, 2009 - 11:00am-12pm CDT
    Room 202C&D

New communications methods for the public continue to appear. This session will feature Dick Dickinson, Senior Director of Public Safety for TCS and other industry executives to examine femtocells and other new and emerging services and devices from a 9-1-1 perspective. Attendees will learn how these technologies are affecting 9-1-1, what has been done within the NENA committee structure to help minimize negative impacts and how well these technologies are doing in the consumer marketplace.

-- "Non-initialized Wireless Phones: Options & Challenges"
    June 9, 2009 - 1:30pm-2:30pm CDT
    Room 202C&D

Dick Dickinson, Senior Director of Public Safety for TCS, will present on Non-service-initiated (NSI) phones and how they are an example of an old adage: "No good deed goes unpunished." Originally intended to facilitate emergency communications by people without access to cell phones, NSI phones have become a serious problem due to malicious pranksters who use the untraceable phones to harass (Public Safety Answering Point) PSAPs. This presentation will look at the history of NSI phones, how they affect call takers, the technologies that exist to mitigate the challenges of harassment and the possible remedies directed by the FCC.

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About the National Emergency Number Association

NENA is The Voice of 9-1-1™. NENA promotes implementation and awareness of 9-1-1 as North America's universal emergency number. NENA is the leading professional non-profit organization dedicated solely to 9-1-1 emergency communications issues. NENA serves its nearly 7,000 members in 48 chapters across the U.S., Canada and Mexico through policy advocacy, establishment of technical and operational standards, certification programs and a broad spectrum of educational offerings. Find out more at

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

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