Launch of Services Enables lusacell Subscribers in Mexico to Pinpoint Friends, Locations and Other Points of Interest With the Highest Levels of Privacy
Annapolis,MD--TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that Iusacell™, a leading provider of cellular services, is launching end-to-end TCS Location Based Services (LBS) in Mexico using Global System for Mobile (GSM) and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) networks. Iusacell customers can now find and access location data about co-workers, local ATMs, restaurants, business-appointment venues and other points-of-interest directly from their mobile devices.
The TCS Location Products provide Iusacell customers the ability to manage who accesses their location data. Via the Web or directly on their handsets, users can set boundaries with respect to the hours that they can be reached, or which applications can locate them.
"We have a long track record of providing the very best in mobile communications services, and TCS' location-based services will only further enhance our reputation and brand," said Adrian Steckel CEO of Iusacell. "Iusacell business customers need LBS to improve the way they track inventories, find store locations and close deals. After the working day is done, they'll still turn to these services to find restaurants, movie theaters or simply meet up with friends and family."
TCS' Xypoint Location Platform (XLP) turnkey suite of products delivers state-of-the-art, end-to-end precise location using assisted GPS technology with rich fallback positioning methods when satellite visibility is not available. Iusacell has already been using TCS services for their CDMA network for more than four years.
"Iusacell's customers will have access to a wide selection of end-to-end location-based services to meet both personal and business needs," said Joe Hannan, group vice president of location products for TCS. "We support a variety of carrier business models. TCS delivers this technology as hosted and managed services, as well as through in-carrier-network deployments for operators around the world. TCS is dedicated to ensuring fast and cost-effective initiation of service for our customers. This relationship with Iusacell further underscores TCS as a global leader in 'one-stop shop' GSM solutions."
The TCS XLP suite is comprised of the following products for GSM carriers:
Secure User Plane Location Server (SUPL): SUPL is the most accurate, secure user-plane location server in the industry, tapping into an Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) server to feed mobile operators a more precise and sophisticated LBS than any others on the market. It uses superior fallback technologies when GPS visibility is not available, such as when the located device is indoors.
Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC): This system interfaces with emergency and commercial Location Services clients (LCS) and the operator's network to track a mobile station's location via the "control plane." With GMLC, an operator can track positioning on all handsets that are being deployed.
Serving Mobile Location Server (SMLC): This server provides Enhanced-Cell-ID technologies to enable more accurate network-based positioning.
Location Enabling Gateway: The gateway alleviates complexity in privacy, billing integration with support for pre-paid, and location-steering functions for user-friendly, fully functional performance at a lower cost than other LBS offerings.
TCS, a pioneer developer of the world's first wireless location platform, offers complete end-to-end location-based services (LBS) that include branded and white-label navigation and finder applications, infrastructure, mapping, and content for leading consumer brands, content providers, voice service providers, OEMs, automotive customers and more than 60 mobile operators worldwide. TCS' LBS and telematics platforms deliver location-centric information to people on the move, offering continuous access to local directories, maps, directions, and more. LBS platforms are available in three deployment options: licensed, hosted, or a managed service.
Visit TCS in Hall 8 Stand 8C115 at the GSMA Mobile World Congress on February 14-17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain to learn more about TCS' location-based services.
Iusacell is a company of Grupo Salinas (www.gruposalinas.com), a group of dynamic companies, of strong growth and high technology focused on providing value to its shareholders, contributing to develop the middle class in the countries where it operates and improve society through excellence. Created by the Mexican businessman Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com) Grupo Salinas operates as a development forum of management and decision making of the main leaders of the parent companies. The companies that compose Grupo Salinas are: TV Azteca, Banco Azteca, Azteca America, Afore Azteca, Seguros Azteca and Grupo Iusacell. Each one of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently with its own administration, board and shareholders. Grupo Salinas doesn't hold stock shares; nevertheless, the six companies share a common vision, values and strategies to achieve rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance. Iusacell is the third mobile operator in México, it was the first company to launch 3G services in Mexico through its CDMA EVDO network and recently has deployed the only HSPA+ 4G network in the country.
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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.
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