ClearTalk Selects TeleCommunication Systems-Hosted Commercial Mobile Alert System
Location-Based Messaging Solution Allows Customers to Receive FEMA Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) on Threats to Public Safety
ANNAPOLIS, MD, Sep 13, 2011 — TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, today announced that Lubbock, TX-based ClearTalk Wireless has selected the TCS-hosted Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) service to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) April 2012 deadline for providing subscribers with automatic alerts in times of crisis. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN), based upon the Commercial Mobile Alert System specification, is a new public safety system that allows customers who own an enabled mobile device to receive geographically targeted messages alerting them of imminent threats to safety (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) in their current location. The FCC issued the 2012 mandate to create a life-saving service that will allow FEMA to deliver timely and accurate emergency alerts and warnings to the cell phones of citizens in targeted geographical areas.
The FCC proposed and adopted the network structure, operational procedures and technical requirements in 2007 and 2008 in response to the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act passed by Congress in 2006. The TCS location-based emergency alert messaging capability not only helps ClearTalk Wireless to comply with the WARN Act, but also enables commercial message broadcasts of geographically relevant information, such as enterprise notifications, traffic, news, and coupons. ClearTalk Wireless will receive all aspects of the TCS CMAS service, including system design, integration, testing, deployment and the use of TCS’ proven public safety platform and TL-9000 certified facilities.
“As a leading regional wireless carrier, ClearTalk Wireless is proactively adopting cutting-edge hosted technology to meet the FCC’s requirements,” said Mark Titus, vice president of carrier software at TCS. “While it is not mandatory to offer CMAS service, ClearTalk Wireless is committed to inform and protect their wireless customers from imminent danger as part of their service. The real benefit of this service is that it is going to be there as another form of emergency communication. The service is going to be tied to a specific geographic area of interest, so it will alert only those individuals in the path of danger and provide instructions on how to recover once the danger has passed.”
CMAS is intended to provide federal, state and local governmental agencies a means to send alerts and warnings to the public. Specifically, CMAS provides officials the ability to send 90-character, geographically targeted messages to the public regarding presidential emergency alerts, AMBER Alerts, and warnings of imminent and local threats to life and property, such as natural and man-made disasters. As the leading U.S.-based technology provider for text messaging, public safety and location solutions, TCS powered the delivery of nearly one trillion text messages and half of all wireless 9-1-1 calls in 2010 alone.
With the nation’s only non-carrier TL 9000-certified network operations center (NOC), as well as extensive provision of E9-1-1, text messaging, and location-based services, TCS possesses the experience and technical capabilities necessary to position carrier customers to meet the FCC’s CMAS requirements. For additional information on TCS’ CMAS solution, please visit: http://www.telecomsys.com/products/CMAS/default.aspx.
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.
About Flat Wireless, LLC dba ClearTalk
FLAT WIRELESS, LLC was created by a group of investors holding a common belief that wireless sales and services should be simple for the customer. In November of 2007, Flat Wireless was organized and chose to offer products and services under the ClearTalk Brand. The company currently offers reliable and affordable unlimited wireless service with no credit check, no deposit, no annual contract and truly unlimited anytime minute flat-rate pricing plans with no additional taxes or fees. Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas were launched in August of 2008. In May of 2009 Wichita Falls, Texas was launched and Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and Abilene, Texas followed in August of 2009. In January of 2010 ClearTalk Wireless formally launched in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California.