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TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Issued U.S. Patent for Assisted GPS Location of Handsets
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS), a leading provider of wireless communications technology, today announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company patent number 7,489,273 for "Culled Satellite Ephemeris Information for Quick, Accurate Assisted Locating Satellite Location Determination for Cell Site Antennas."
The patent describes a means for prioritized selection of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites for use in computing location, where GPS satellites are defined as higher priority and lower priority based on the dwell time that each satellite remains in a defined geometric shape.
In a conventional GPS system, data is provided to each GPS-enabled device that allows the device to keep track of where each of the relevant satellites should be located at the time a fix is to be computed. When a location is requested, the device determines which of the 24 or more GPS satellites are to be used for determining location. This requires more time than is typically acceptable to a mobile user. This TCS invention allows a mobile subscriber's location to be determined more quickly and accurately than conventional GPS or assisted GPS (A-GPS) methods. By selecting two smaller groups of satellites, the mobile device using the patented technology needs much less time to compute the device's latitude and longitude.
"A-GPS technology has been chosen by both CDMA and GSM carriers and by handset vendors as the preferred method for quickly computing precise location in mobile networks," said Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for TCS. "TCS will continue to support mobile operator's A-GPS deployments with our Xypoint® products and services."
This latest A-GPS patent represents the ninth in TCS' A-GPS patent portfolio. A-GPS usage is expected to grow as operators worldwide deploy A-GPS handsets and infrastructure for precise location-determination requirements. ABI Research recently stated that 225 million GPS enabled handsets were shipped in 2008, and that figure is expected to increase to more than 550 million GPS-enabled handsets by 2012.
TCS now holds 69 patents with 212 applications pending.
About the patent
There are 29 satellites in the GPS network, each orbiting the Earth approximately six times per day. As a user moves his or her wireless GPS device from one location to another, the satellites in view relative to that location change. GPS devices attempting to determine the user's position can now take advantage of this invention and receive a culled list of satellites from which a faster and more accurate location can be determined.
The "Culled Satellite Ephemeris Information for Quick, Accurate Assisted Locating Satellite Location Determination for Cell Site Antennas" patent describes a method and apparatus for culling satellites into two smaller sub-groups identified as being a higher priority and a lower priority for determining the location of a mobile device. The two groups are selected by the dwell time the satellites remain in a defined geometric shape above a reference point physically distant from the mobile device. The reference point can be a wireless base station. The selecting of the satellites can be done by the mobile device or by the wireless base station that the mobile device is in communication.
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (Nasdaq: TSYS) engineers and delivers highly reliable wireless communications technology. TCS is a leader in wireless text messaging and location-based technology, including E9-1-1 services and commercial applications like navigation that use the precise location of a wireless device, and secure satellite-based communications systems and services. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, cable MSOs, automotive telematics vendors, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. TCS is one of six primary vendors on a $5 billion Army Worldwide Satellite Systems Contract vehicle. For more information, visit www.telecomsys.com.
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