The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued three patents to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a leader in mobile communication technology. The patents cover three system technologies used to provide wireless device location based services:

• Wireless Network Tour Guide (patent #7,853,272) – The patent covers a method for providing tour-guide information to smart phones and other wireless devices, through the blending of text and audio messages with location based wireless services.

• Area Watcher for Wireless Network (patent #7,856,236) – The patent describes a system in which authorized third parties are notified about a wireless device’s entry or exit from custom-defined geographical areas, allowing, for example, a retailer to send promotional offers when a customer enters a store.

• Method and System for Enabling an Off-Board Navigation System (patent #7,856, 315) – The patent describes a method for providing voice enabled directions using a mobile communication device, by using map database information based on a remote server instead of on the device itself.

TeleCommunication Systems Sr. VP and CTO, Drew Morin, said of the newly issued patents: “We’re living in a highly mobile, highly informed society in which we expect real-time information relevant to our location delivered directly to our wireless device. These three location-based services patents affirm TCS’ commitment to leading the wireless industry with vision and innovation to develop the technologies that enhance the daily lives of people on the move.”

TeleCommunication Systems already holds 136 patents worldwide, with more than 300 applications pending. The company is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technologies, and is at the forefront of mobile cloud computing services. TCS provides wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications, and telematics.

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