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Verizon Selects TeleCommunication Systems to Provide Text to 911 National Gateway Solution



  Verizon Selects TeleCommunication Systems to Provide Text to 911 National
                               Gateway Solution

New Service Will Enable Customers to Send 911 Short-Code Messages to Emergency
Response Centers

PR Newswire

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 3, 2012

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Demonstrating its continued
commitment to advancing public safety, Verizon Wireless is taking steps toward
offering many of its customers a new way to communicate with 911 call centers
run by public safety officials. The company announced today that it has
selected TeleCommunication Systems Inc., of Annapolis, Md., to participate in
an initiative that will enable customers to send 911 SMS (Short Message
Service) texts to the call centers, which are known as public-service
answering points, or PSAPs.

While consumers should always first try to contact a 911 center by making a
voice call, this enhanced SMS service, when deployed, will offer an
alternative for customers on the Verizon Wireless network who are deaf or hard
of hearing and cannot make voice calls or who could be placed in additional
danger by speaking. 

"Verizon is at the forefront of 911 public-safety innovations, and today's
announcement is another step in making SMS-to-911 service available to those
who cannot make a voice call to 911," said Marjorie Hsu, Verizon Wireless vice
president of technology.   "Our company is continuing its long-standing
commitment to address the needs of public safety and our customers by offering
another way to get help in an emergency by using wireless technology."

The company is working on plans to make the new capabilities available to
select PSAPs by early 2013.  Verizon plans to use its existing CDMA SMS
network for 911 text notifications.  The new service will be offered to
Verizon Wireless customers who have a text-capable phone and a service plan
that includes text messaging. 

"TeleCommunication Systems has worked closely with the FCC over the past two
years to develop its innovative technology for SMS to 911," said Maurice B.
Tose, president and CEO of TCS. "As the preeminent U.S. supplier of SMS and
pioneer in wireless E911, TCS is well positioned to enable Verizon in
advancing its public safety commitment."

Verizon is working with others in the communications industry, PSAPs, the
Federal Communications Commission and other federal and state agencies in the
eventual deployment of this new service aimed at giving consumers new ways to
communicate with designated public safety agencies. 

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is
a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline
communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale
customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless
network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide.  Verizon also provides
converged communications, information and entertainment services over
America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business
solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the
Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon
employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000.  For more information, visit
www.verizon.com.

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TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in
highly reliable 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. Government agencies
utilize 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.

 

SOURCE Verizon
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