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TeleCommunication Systems and L.R. Kimball Partner to Enable Advanced Cybersecurity Services for Public Safety, State and Local Government Entities

October 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT

Note: Comtech Acquired TCS on 2/23/2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced a partnership with L.R. Kimball, a CDI company, to provide network security consulting and services to state and local government organizations. The TCS-Kimball partnership focuses on critical infrastructure protection for agencies including public safety agencies, education institutions and social services. The partnership initiated its first customer engagement this month with a Midwest state-university system for a network security analysis.

News Facts:

  • L.R. Kimball has a sixty-year history of supporting government, institutional and corporate organizations that today comprise a network of more than 240 clients nationwide. Kimball performs over 1,000 projects annually in the development and construction of a wide range of infrastructures supporting the nation's growth.
  • TCS has been a leader in public safety for the last two decades, pioneering cellular and VoIP 9-1-1 call routing, establishing market leadership in the transition to next generation Emergency Service IP networks, and delivering innovative public safety answering point call handling technology.
  • Cyber threats are of particular concern to public safety organizations as they consider their approach to implementing IP-based next generation solutions. The U.S. General Accountability Office released a 2014 report stating that 911 systems "increasingly rely on the Internet, which makes them susceptible to cyber-based threats that could impact the availability of 911 services."
  • TCS provides cybersecurity training to the U.S. military, and has provided secure, highly-reliable communication network technology for more than 25 years to federal defense agencies, and wireless network connectivity to state and local public safety operations for more than 16 years.
  • The TCS-Kimball partnership combines the secure infrastructure and communication systems expertise of two industry leaders with cyber operations experience serving public safety, government, military, education and telecommunications customers.
  • The partnership offers an integrated, end-to-end portfolio of advanced cybersecurity services in network security assessment, policy and procedure review, risk assessment, wireless security assessment, and security awareness training.

LR Kimball Vice President, General Manager, Communications Technology Division, Rick Taormina stated:  "In today's environment, no organization that relies on technology to communicate or operate is safe from cyber threats. The volume and variety of these threats are multiplying daily and so is the complexity.  With TCS' leadership in military-grade cyber solutions and emergency communication services and Kimball's core IT consulting strengths, we are teaming to help safeguard our clients' operations, assets, and moreover, their ability to serve and protect our citizens." 

TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Drew Morin stated:  "L. R. Kimball is highly respected as a trusted advisor on information security matters to state and local government organizations nationwide. Through this partnership, TCS is taking our significant experience in securing mission-critical communications for federal and defense customers and applying this knowledge on a more local level to support universities, emergency communication centers, social services, and similar entities with hardening the defense of their critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks."

TCS' Cyber Intelligence Group helps harden high-value entities, systems and networks against cyber threats by implementing information assurance best practices, performing vulnerability assessments and investigating cyber malicious activity. TCS' Safety and Security Group supports half of all U.S. wireless E9-1-1 calls, serving more than 140 million wireless and IP-enabled devices, and leads the nation in Emergency Services IP network (ESInet) deployments for public safety. TCS brings together many of the brightest minds in cybersecurity as a resource for research, collaboration and development of best-in-class technologies to protect critical networks. To learn more, visit http://www.telecomsys.com/services/cyber-solutions/default.aspx

About L.R. Kimball

Headquartered in Pennsylvania and founded in 1953 as a civil engineering firm, Kimball has evolved into a contemporary, multi-faceted full-service solution provider.  Kimball has a long history of supporting government, institutional, and corporate clients in the development and construction of a wide range of the infrastructures supporting our nation's growth.  Our continuous growth and success are the result of an established reputation for delivering high-quality services.  Recognizing the firm's stellar reputation for delivering services in the architecture, engineering, and telecommunications fields, CDI acquired Kimball in 2010. Kimball is now the infrastructure business unit of CDI Engineering Solutions and is listed as one of the nations' largest Public Safety and telecommunications consulting firms, annually ranked among the top telecommunications firms by Engineering News Record.  CDI Corp. is a publicly traded (www.cdicorp.com), integrated, market-leading engineering and technology services organization providing client-focused solutions in select global industries. 

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' cybersecurity 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

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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