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Text to 9-1-1 Service Now Available to Some Cell Customers
Rockwall Herald Banner - June 26, 2014
Verizon and T-Mobile customers in Rockwall County now have a new option when in need of emergency help – texting. Read whole story…

TCS, Cisco Using Wi-Fi for 9-1-1 Indoor Geolocation
GPS Business News - June 23, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) and Cisco are collaborating to complement standard 9-1-1 geo-location solutions with Wi-Fi-based technologies to provide indoor location information in emergency situations. Read whole story…

TCS and Cisco Systems: Roger Marshall and Marc Linsner outline joint proposal to leverage Wi-Fi for indoor-wireless 911 location
IWCE's Urgent Communications - June 17, 2014
From left, Roger Marshall, senior member of the TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) technical staff, and Marc Linsner, consulting engineer for Cisco Systems, explain how Wi-Fi networks can be used to help provide location information when wireless devices are used from inside a building for emergency communications to the 911 system. Read whole story…

TeleCommunication Systems and Cisco Demonstrate How Wi-Fi Can Enable First Responders to Locate Mobile Phone Users in Emergencies
The Wall Street Journal - June 16, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), today announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to demonstrate the use of Wi-Fi technology to complement standard 9-1-1 solutions for the purpose of providing indoor location information in emergency situations. The demonstration takes place at the NENA Annual Conference, TCS booth #515, in Nashville's Music City Center, June 16-19. Read whole story…

Call centers lag carriers in launching text-to-911 services
GCN - May 21, 2014
The four largest wireless telephone companies, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, met their voluntarily commitment to support 911 emergency text messages by May 15, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Read whole story…

Indiana opens up to text-to-911 calls
AGRINEWS - May 21, 2014
Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state’s counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers. Read whole story…

Indiana begins adopting 911-texting service
Daily Herald - May 17, 2014
Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state's counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers. Read whole story…

9-1-1 Texting Comes to Indiana
EMS World - May 15, 2014
If you text it, they will come. Read whole story…

Indiana Verizon Customers Can Now Text 911
HNGN - May 15, 2014
Verizon Wireless has given customers in Indiana the option to send text message alerts to 911 for emergencies. Read whole story…

Fitzgerald, Ellenbogen Announce Text to 911 for Verizon Wireless Customers Launch
TMCnet.com - May 15, 2014
Allegheny County issued the following news release: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Council Member Jim Ellenbogen announced today that Verizon Wireless customers in Allegheny County can now send a short message service (SMS) text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. Read whole story…

Indiana begins adopting 911-texting service; Verizon Wireless customers in 28 counties 1st up
Daily Journal - May 14, 2014
Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state's counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers. Read whole story…

Indiana Begins 911-texting Service
Post-Tribune - May 14, 2014
Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state’s counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers. Read whole story…

Text-to-911 begins in Indiana
The Courier-Journal - May 14, 2014
Verizon Wireless customers can now send text message alerts to 911 emergency dispatchers in counties across Indiana. Read whole story…

Indiana begins adopting 911-texting service; Verizon Wireless customers in 28 counties 1st up
The Republic - May 14, 2014
Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state's counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers. Read whole story…

TCS to study improved geo-targeting for wireless emergency alerts
Fierce Wireless Tech - April 6, 2014
It can be mighty frustrating to receive an emergency alert on your cell phone regarding a situation 100 miles away, and it might even convince you to switch off reception of emergency alerts on your handset. Read whole story…

TCS Wins Contract to Research Improvements in Geo-targeting Accuracy for Wireless Emergency Alerts
Cellular News - April 5, 2014
USA based TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) says that it has won a contract to develop ways of improving mobile phone location tracking from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read whole story…

DHS Selects TCS for Geotargeting Research for Emergency Alerts (4/4/14)
Radio Resource Media Group - April 4, 2014
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) to perform the first phase of its research study, “Constructing Algorithms that Utilize RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).” Read whole story…

US DHS selects TCS to research geo-targeting accuracy
telecompaper - April 4, 2014
Mobile communication technology provider, TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has announced that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected TCS to perform the first phase of its research study: Constructing Algorithms that Utilise RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Read whole story…

TeleCommunication Systems : Selected by U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Research Improvements in Geo-targeting Accuracy for Wireless Emergency Alerts
4-traders - April 4, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has selected TCS to perform the first phase of its research study: Constructing Algorithms that Utilize RF Cell Site Propagation Footprints for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Read whole story…

Interoperability lab to text next-gen 911 services
GCN - April 1, 2014
TeleCommunications Systems Inc., an Annapolis, Md., a provider of secure mobile systems, will open a lab this month to  help developers of call-handling systems test new next-generation 911 applications and services before they are deployed by emergency call centers. Read whole story…

Text to 9-1-1 Gains Traction
Mission Critical Communications - March 2014
May 15 marks the voluntary deadline by which the four major U.S. wirelesscarriers agreed to offer text-to-9-1-1 service to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) that have requested the service and are prepared to receive texts.. Read whole story…

Paulding to be first in state to offer text messages to 911
NeighborNewspapers.com - March 26, 2014
Paulding E-911 will be the first such agency in Georgia April 1 to allow residents to use text messaging to seek emergency help -- though they will have to be Verizon Wireless customers to do so, its director said. Read whole story…

TCS Text-to-911 Interoperability Lab Set to Open in April
Radio Resource Media Group - March 26, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) plans to open a text-to-9-1-1 interoperability lab in April. Read whole story…

Paulding County video - Text 911 for help
NBC-TV - March 25, 2014
Using TCS technology, Verizon Wireless launched the first text to 9-1-1 service in Colorado. Read whole story…

TeleCommunication Systems Introduces First Text-to-911 Interoperability Lab for Public Safety
KSLA.com - March 25, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that it will open the text-to-911 capable, TCS ESInet Interoperability Lab in April 2014. Read whole story…

TeleCommunication Systems Introduces First Text-to-911 Interoperability Lab for Public Safety
Direktbroker - March 25, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that it will open the text-to-911 capable, TCS ESInet Interoperability Lab in April 2014. Read whole story…

TeleCommunication Systems Introduces First Text-to-911 Interoperability Lab for Public Safety
4-traders - March 25, 2014
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that it will open the text-to-911 capable, TCS ESInet Interoperability Lab in April 2014. Read whole story…

Pitkin County launches ‘Text to 911’ Service
Aspen Daily News - October 29, 2013
Using TCS technology, Verizon Wireless launched the first text to 9-1-1 service in Colorado. Read whole story…

 

Text for 911 Available in Southampton County
Tidewaternews.com - September 28, 2013
Southampton County, Virginia is the second public safety answering point in Virginia to deploy text-to-911 utilizing TCS technology. Read whole story…

 

The Evolving 9-1-1 Infrastructure
Milsat Magazine - September 17, 2013
TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Tim Lorello discusses the history of, and advances in 9-1-1 technology. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Enables PBS Warning, Alert and Response Network Connection to FEMA
Washington Business Journal - September 16, 2013
PBS has connected its Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s alert aggregator using a customized implementation of TCS' Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) gateway product. Read whole story…

 

The Story Behind Those Emergency Alerts On Your Cell Phone
Fast Company - August 22, 2013
Fast Company takes a look at TCS' role in the Wireless Emergency Alerts program for FEMA. Read whole story…

 

TCS Discusses its Text-to-911 Capabilities
Urgent Communications - July 2, 2013
Urgent Communications Editor-in-Chief Glenn Bischoff recently spoke with TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Tim Lorello about GEM 911 - TCS' text-to-911 platform. Read whole story…

 

TCS, Direct Technology Expand Functionality of GEM9-1-1
Telecompaper - June 18, 2013
TCS has teamed up with Direct Technology to expand the functionality of its GEM9-1-1 product to include the Emergency Call Tracking System (ECaTS). Read whole story…

 

TCS Expands SMS911 Capabilities to PSAPs
Telecompaper - June 11, 2013
TCS' GEM9-1-1TM provides a solution compliant with J-STD-110 Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS to 9-1-1 Requirements & Architecture Specification for public safety access points (PSAPs) seeking to transition to a Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) infrastructure that supports text, pictures and video. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems GEM9-1-1 Recognized as Gold Winner in 2013 Network Products Guide Hot Companies and Best Products Awards
Washington Business Journal - June 10, 2013
Network Products Guide has recognized TCS' GEM9-1-1™ as a Gold winner of the 8th Annual 2013 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the IT Products and Services for Government category. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems VoLTE9-1-1 Service First in Production with LTE Carriers
Baltimore Business Journal - May 21, 2013
TCS' VoLTE9-1-1 service is first into production with Tier-1 wireless carriers, including two of the largest North American operators. Read whole story…

 

Trends in Public Safety Communications
Law Officer - May 20, 2013
Law Officer interviews TCS Product Manager Seth Sonenthal as part of a story on NG 9-1-1 and text to 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

It is Time to Take the Silent Call for Help
Officer.com - May 15, 2013
TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Timothy Lorello looks at the challenges in implementing text to 9-1-1 nationwide. Read whole story…

 

Providing Tier 1 Services Without a Tier 1 Budget
The CCA Voice - Spring/Summer 2013
TCS Product Marketing Manager Rick Ruth discusses how Tier-2 and -3 carriers can deploy services such as location-based services and messaging solutions effectively and affordably. Read whole story…

 

Texting 911 Won’t Bring Help for Most of Country
TODAY - April 15, 2013
TCS technology was used in the first Maryland implementation of text to 9-1-1 in Frederick County, and TODAY paid them a visit as part of a story on why more 9-1-1 centers should receive emergency texts. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Supports ATIS/TIA Interim Text to 9-1-1 Solution for Emergency Text Communication
Fierce Wireless - April 5, 2013
TCS fully supports and conforms to the new J-STD-110 Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS to 9-1-1 Requirements & Architecture Specification, a standard that, upon implementation, will provide short message services (SMS) subscribers the ability to send an SMS text message to 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

MD. County 911 Center Accepts Text Messages
Firehouse - March 23, 2013
TCS worked with the Frederick County, MD Division of Emergency Management and Verizon to bring the first text to 9-1-1 deployment in the state of Maryland. Read whole story…

 

Text To 911 Cuts Over In Frederick, MD
Communications Technology - March 21, 2013
Communications Technology looks at the recent roll-out of text to 9-1-1 in Frederick County, MD, and how TCS and Verizon helped make it happen.Read whole story…

 

This Company Wants You To Be Able To Text 911
Forbes - February 4, 2013
Forbes talks to TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Tim Lorello and Senior Vice President and General Manager of TCS' TCS Safety & Security Group, Chris Nabinger, about TCS' work in text to 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Completes Phase 1 of Statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 Services Network for State of Iowa, First in the Nation
Baltimore Business Journal - January 25, 2013
TCS has announced the phase one deployment of the Next Generation 9-1-1 services network for the State of Iowa, the first state in the nation to complete a statewide deployment of a National Emergency Number Association (NENA) i3-compliant Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) system. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Introduces Text-to-911 Solution
Washington Technology - January 24, 2013
TCS has introduced TCS Smart911, a nationwide solution providing enhanced information during emergency communications that uses text messaging. Read whole story…

 

Tech Changes Usher in 911 Era
Washington Technology - January 11, 2013
Washington Technology talks to TCS Vice President of Product Management, Thomas Ginter, about TCS' innovations in NG9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

911 Texting Moves to Real World
Government Computer News - January 7, 2013
GCN talks to TCS Vice President of Product Management, Thomas Ginter, about TCS' efforts in bringing text to 9-1-1 to the public as part of this article. Read whole story…

 

Citizens as Sensors
Deep Dive Intelligence - December 21, 2012
Ben Ianotta reports on TCS' work with helping to implement Next Generation 9-1-1 technology across the country. Read whole story…

 

GSN 2012 Award Winners/Finalists/Sponsors: Drew Morin, Chief Technology Officer, TeleCommunication Systems
Government Security News - December 17, 2012
GSN interviews TCS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Drew Morin on the company's various offerings. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Launches First National End-to-End Suite of Next Generation 9-1-1 Emergency Communication Solutions
IT News - December 17, 2012
TCS has announced its new, comprehensive, end-to-end suite of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) solutions for public safety and emergency response. Read whole story…

 

FCC Moves to Implement Text-to-911 Nationwide
eWeek - December 13, 2012
TCS Vice President of Product Management, Thomas Ginter, talks about the York-Poquoson-Williamsburg Emergency Communications Center's delpoyment of TCS' SMS 9-1-1 gateway. Read whole story…

 

Federal News Radio Interview on NG9-1-1
Federal News Radio - December 13, 2012
Federal News Radio interviews TCS Vice President of Product Management, Thomas Ginter, on NG9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

York Co. First to Launch Service Allowing People to Text 911
WVEC-TV - December 10, 2012
TCS technology is being used by Verizon Wireless in their first rollout of text to 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

What CMAS Means for Mobile Subscribers
Urgent Communications - November 29, 2012
Mark Titus, vice president of messaging product management for TCS, talks about the latest developments with the Commercial Mobile Alerts System (CMAS). Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems' Commercial Mobile Alert System Recognized for Reliability and Innovation
Wireless Business & Technology - November 27, 2012
TCS' hosted Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) solution has been named a finalist in the Best Mass Notification Category in Government Security News' Fourth Annual Homeland Security Awards. Read whole story…

 

TCS On What PSAPs Have to do to Get Ready for Voice-Over-LTE
Urgent Communications - September 13, 2012
Urgent Communications interviews TCS' Thomas Ginter on the evolution of voice-over-LTE and what that means to the 9-1-1 sector. Read whole story…

 

TCS Hopes to Extend Reach Via microData Acquisition
Urgent Communications - July 27, 2012
Urgent Communications interviews Chris Nabinger, Senior VP of Service Bureau Operations for TCS, on TCS' recent acquisition of microDATA. Read whole story…

 

Top 100 Firm Makes Deal for 9-1-1 Provider
Washington Technology - July 10, 2012
Privately-held microDATA GIS, Inc., a leading provider of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) software and solutions, has been acquired by TCS. Read whole story…

 

Annapolis E-911 Tech Firm Buys Vermont Firm for $37 Million
Baltimore Sun - July 9, 2012
TCS has acquired privately-held microDATA GIS, Inc., a leading provider of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) software and solutions. Read whole story…

 

SMS 9-1-1 For Hearing-Impaired & Noise-Sensitive Areas
Officer.com - July 9, 2012
Officer.com elaborates on TCS' SMS 9-1-1 offering. Read whole story…

 

TCS Delivers Commercial Mobile Alert System to nTelos
Telecompaper - May 23, 2012
nTelos Wireless has selected TCS' hosted Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) service to provide their subscribers with automatic alerts in times of crisis. Read whole story…

 

Personal Alerts: What Should Mobile Subscribers Expect Now that CMAS Implementation is Moving Forward?
9-1-1 Magazine - May 16, 2012
TCS' Mark Titus gives an update on the status of CMAS. Read whole story…

 

TCS Aims to Ease E911 Issues for VoLTE
Fierce Boradband Wireless - May 13, 2012
Fierce Boradband Wireless covers how TCS' VoLTE will help wireless carriers provide legally mandated emergency 9-1-1 access over this IP-based voice service. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Extends Industry-Leading 9-1-1 Support to Next Generation VoLTE Networks
Public Safety Communications - May 10, 2012
Carriers can now reliably deliver emergency voice communication services as they transition to new 4G/LTE networks with the availability of TCS VoLTE. Read whole story…

 

Text to 911 Will Benefit the Deaf
Assistive Technology Blog - May 9, 2012
Assistive Technology Blog explores how TCS' new VoLTE solution will help deaf/hard of hearing individuals. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Extends NG-911 Support To VoLTE Networks
Urgent Communications - May 8, 2012
TCS VoLTE (Voice over LTE) 911, is now available, enabling carriers to reliably deliver emergency voice communication services as they transition to new 4G/LTE networks. Read whole story…

 

Verizon to Offer Text-to-911 Emergency SMS Messaging
medGadget - May 8, 2012
Cult of Android gives a thumbs-up to TCS' VoLTE 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

TeleCommunication Systems Announces Availability Of TCS VoLTE 9-1-1
Cult of Android - May 8, 2012
Cult of Android gives a thumbs-up to TCS' VoLTE 9-1-1. Read whole story…

 

Verizon First to Offer National Text-to-911 Service
PC Magazine - May 7, 2012
After multiple tests and trials, Verizon Wireless will become the first U.S. wireless carrier to finally offer text-to-911 service to the public using TCS technology. Read whole story…

 

OPS: NG9-1-1 State Of The Union
Milsat Magazine – April 2012 
Thomas Ginter, TCS vice president of product management, discusses the current state of NG9-1-1.
Read whole story...

 

TeleCommunication Systems and University of Maryland Collaborate on Beta Test of SMS 9-1-1 Technology
CTIA – December 14, 2011 
TCS will help University of Maryland to be the first college emergency communications center in the U.S. to test “text-to-police” using any mobile device capable of text messaging to a live call taker at an emergency center.
Read whole story...

 

TeleCommunication Systems Selected by North Central Texas Council of Governments for Next Generation 9-1-1 Systems and Services Solution Expected to Be One of the Largest NENA i3-Compliant NG 9-1-1 Systems in the U.S.
PR-Inside.com – December 13, 2011
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) awarded TCS a three-year contract to help the
emergency services network fully comply with the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) i3 standards, enabling area PSAPs to support future emergency requests.
Read whole story...

 

TeleCommunication Systems' Titus, Aryana and Ocondi Join Federal Communications Commission's Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council
TMCnet.com - November 17, 2011
TCS' Mark Titus, vice president of product management; Firdaus Aryana, senior product manager; and Judy Ocondi, ENP, product manager have been appointed to Working Groups of the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council is to provide recommendations to the FCC to ensure optimal security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems, including telecommunications, media and public safety communications. Read whole story…

 


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