SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

March 16, 2010 15:00 ET

TeleCommunication Systems Supports Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus Legislation to Fund and Improve 9-1-1 Systems

"Next Generation 9-1-1 Preservation Act of 2010" to Reauthorize Key Grants and Programs to Ensure Technology Upgrades

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -   TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in high availability and secure mobile communication technology, today announced support for the recent introduction of the Next Generation 9-1-1 Preservation Act of 2010 by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MI), and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus. This legislation will reauthorize a five-year federal grant program that assists the nation's more than 6,000 9-1-1 centers and programs with funding necessary to upgrade call center technology. To learn more about this legislation, visit: http://www.e911institute.org/pressRoom/prreauthorization31210.html.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, some states have a history of diverting 9-1-1 funds to support other programs, and the Next Generation 9-1-1 Preservation Act of 2010 deters this activity by denying future federal grants to those states. In addition, this legislation introduces improvements to assist the national E9-1-1 Implementation Coordination Office in achieving its mission of helping states upgrade technology and coordinate services among call centers. Such statewide coordination has been instrumental in improving the speed and efficiency of the wireless E9-1-1 deployments over the last decade.

"We applaud the efforts of the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus for their forward thinking and bi-partisan cooperation in making this legislation a reality," said Dan Allen, senior vice president of service bureau operations for TCS. "Discouraging misuse of 9-1-1 funds and encouraging statewide E9-1-1 implementation is critical to promoting the migration to next generation 9-1-1 services and supporting our first responders with innovative technology solutions."

Co-chairs from the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus commented on the legislation in a recent press release. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) stated, "This legislation is about more than reauthorizing grant programs, it's about creating and maintaining a coordinated approach to 9-1-1 response technology on a nationwide level. The Next Generation 9-1-1 technology needs to be fostered and advanced by experts on a national level with the resources to target specific public safety needs." Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MI) added, "Every day, 9-1-1 call centers provide emergency and often life-saving services to Americans. We need to make sure the technology of our 9-1-1 call centers is updated so that emergency personnel have the tools they need to keep people safe and provide assistance to those in need."

TCS has been an innovator in enabling E9-1-1 services for over a decade. Its E9-1-1 system provides cable, VoIP and wireless E9-1-1 service for more than 100 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. TCS technology ensures that consumers' emergency calls are routed to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP,) and automatically pinpoints and delivers the caller's location information to the dispatchers of first responders. TCS pioneered the methods by which PSAPs in the U.S. are able to receive a wireless or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) subscriber's location during calls for emergency assistance. In addition, TCS currently operates the only TL9000-certified wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 Network Operations Center in the world, and supports emergency services for more than 140,000 E9-1-1 calls daily.

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in high availability and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Federal government agencies depend on TCS' cyber security expertise, professional services, and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.

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 the possibility that the contract options will not be exercised, or that the total value of the order will not be fully funded, and those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.

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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