TeleCommunication Systems Leads USA's Text-to-911 Rollout
TCS Responsible for 93% of Nationwide Deployments
ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 29, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
(TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile
communication technology, today announced that it is pioneering the
production deployment of text-to-911 service in the United States. As
reported by the Federal Communications Commission in its May 16, 2014
deployment tracking update, TCS accounts for 52 of the 56 agency deployments
across 16 states, or 93% of the total.
TCS continues to lead interoperability efforts by working with both legacy,
text service providers that use proprietary protocols, as well as next
generation providers that use the standards-based MSRP protocol, in order to
simplify the deployment and accelerate the adoption by Public Safety Answering
Points (PSAPs) interested in receiving text-to-911 messages.
oTCS was the first to deploy text-to-911 to Public Safety Answering Points
(PSAPs) via all three methods of TTY, Direct IP using secure HTTP and next
oOn May 15, TCS participated in the first "Interoperable" text-to-911
production deployment, successfully connecting wireless carriers, text
service providers and emergency communications centers.
oSince October of 2012, TCS customers have, on a nationwide basis,
delivered text-to-911 messages to receiving PSAPs or otherwise delivered
bounce-back messages. If a PSAP is not yet capable of receiving
text-to-911, the carriers using the TCS solution all deliver a
"bounce-back" message, informing the sender to call 9-1-1.
oThe top four carriers, accounting for almost 90 percent of all wireless
subscribers in the United States, are now able to support the ability to
deliver SMS messages to any PSAP that has indicated its ability to receive
oStates with at least one deployment of text-to-911 in production include
Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont,
and Virginia. More than 100 additional PSAPs are currently working to
oBased on traffic year-to-date, TCS estimates that approximately 325,000
attempts to send texts to 9-1-1 will be made nationally during 2014, up
from an estimated 250,000 attempts in 2013.
oTCS has worked with ATIS, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry
Solutions, in collaboration with TIA, the Telecommunications Industry
Association, to develop and publish the standard (J-STD-110a) outlining
the requirements, architecture and procedures for text messaging to 9-1-1
emergency services using native wireless operator SMS capabilities for the
existing generation and NG9-1-1 PSAPs.
oThis industry-accepted standard positions carriers to have a fully
operational text-to-911 solution capable of delivering SMS text messages
to any PSAP in the U.S., including legacy (TDM) PSAPs, IP-transitioning
PSAPs and NG9-1-1 PSAPs that are NENA i3 compliant.
TCS Safety & Security Group Vice President Kent Hellebust stated: "As a U.S.
leader in SMS and a global leader in location technology, TCS has been
working since 2004 to bring industry participants together to advance the
ability to send text messages to 9-1-1 as the first step in delivering the
value of data – text, pictures, and video – during an emergency situation.
In addition to the national text-to-911 deployment that TCS is supporting,
our SMS9-1-1 solutions will seamlessly transition to multimedia capabilities
beyond text as the evolution to next generation 9-1-1 continues. TCS is the
first to deploy text-to-911 to PSAPs via all three methods of TTY, HTTPs and
MSRP, and we will continue to base our solution on the NENA standards that
provide the smoothest path to interoperability and next generation
functionality for PSAPs."
oFCC Text-to-911 Deployments Tracker:
oWhite Paper: TCS thought leadership on Text-to-911: A PSAP Perspective:
oInterim Text to 9-1-1 Information and Planning Guide:
Since deploying the first U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998, TCS has been
leading public safety solutions for wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1), NG9-1-1
and E1-1-2. TCS supports half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more
than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices. TCS is the only non-carrier
TL 9000-certified company that supports E9-1-1 services. Its highly reliable
E9-1-1 and NG9-1-1 solutions ensure that a subscriber's emergency call routes
to the appropriate PSAP and automatically pinpoint the caller's location
information. TCS also leads the nation in emergency services IP network
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
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.
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 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,
2013, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.
Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance
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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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TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Liolios Group, Inc.
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