TeleCommunication Systems Announces Location-Based Infrastructure and Xypoint Software Leveraged by Tata Indicom for QUICKFINDER A-GPS Service
TeleCommunication Systems Assists Tata Indicom Launch of QUICKFINDER A-GPS Service
India’s First Hybrid Location-Based Service for Individual Users and Enterprises; Service Leverages TeleCommunication Systems’ Location Software and Infrastructure; Provides Reliable Wireless Navigation Technologies for Enriched Service Experience; Vehicle and Asset Tracking Applications for Enterprise and Business Customers
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NasdaqGM:TSYS – News), a leading provider of wireless communications technology, today announced its location-based infrastructure and Xypoint® software are being leveraged by Tata Teleservices Limited, India’s fastest-growing pan-India service provider, for its QUICKFINDER A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) service. The first-of-its-kind location-based service will be available exclusively to Tata Indicom subscribers, and will also utilize Qualcomm’s QPoint solution and gpsOne technology integrated into Qualcomm chipsets.
QUICKFINDER delivers advanced location-based services, enabling consumers and enterprises to pin-point locations of interest or track vehicles and consignments from origin to destination in real time. With the launch of this revolutionary service, Tata Indicom subscribers are now able to experience vastly improved, robust and powerful location-based applications on their mobile handsets and devices.
“QUICKFINDER will ride on the benefits of A-GPS technology and provide reliability and enhanced applications support to our location-based services. Our new offering is industry leading and offers far greater accuracy and real-time access, since it is based on a hybrid A-GPS and Next-Gen technology platform, riding on Tata Indicom’s robust CDMA network. The A-GPS service will use the most advanced positioning methodology to provide users with precise position information, including inside buildings and structures,” Mr. Anil Sardana, managing director of Tata Teleservices Limited, said. “At Tata Teleservices, our constant endeavor is to provide customers with advanced and rich wireless services, and this is evident with the deployment of our LBS solution.”
Location-based services immediately available are POI Search and Navigator. POI Search enables users to zero in on and locate points of interest, such as nearest ATMs, restaurants, hotels, etc. with a single click, using the Tata Indicom network. Navigator provides end-users with turn by turn directions using the shortest route to the desired destination from their current location.
“With TeleCommunication Systems’ applications and infrastructure powering the QUICKFINDER Service, Tata Indicom is able to offer its customers industry-leading A-GPS based solutions,” stated Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and CTO for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. “Consumers in India can now easily find points of interest and quickly navigate from their precisely-located starting point. The Tata Indicom deployment also reflects TCS’ unique ability to support rapidly growing international carriers that desire the flexibility of a hosted environment.”
Traditional GPS services work best when the GPS antenna is visible to ‘Open Sky’ (at least three satellites), and can fail to determine the users ‘Position Fix’ if the antenna is not visible or is only partially visible. Furthermore, conventional GPS systems may take between one and 10 minutes for ‘First Position Fix’, even in the case of ‘Open Sky’. QUICKFINDER addresses these shortcomings with a hybrid system that uses both A-GPS and fallback technology to deliver fast and accurate results — the Tata Indicom A-GPS service will provide users with a ‘Position Fix’ in seconds and with accuracy up to and within 5-10 meters.
Tata Indicom is launching initial QUICKFINDER service in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
Addressing the mass market segment, QUICKFINDER will be available first on the following handsets, with additional handsets to follow shortly:
-- BlackBerry 8830 World Edition -- MotoRAZR V3
Existing Tata Indicom MotoRAZR V3 and Blackberry 8830 World Edition subscribers in the initial cities can also receive QUICKFINDER service by upgrading their existing handset configuration. This service is being extended free of cost.
The key benefits of QUICKFINDER A-GPS are:
-- Faster location acquisition: The A-GPS module, including hybrid technology capabilities, is able to get First Position Fix in seconds -- Saves battery life: The A-GPS CDMA module has inbuilt GPS and CDMA capabilities, reducing the external hardware and power requirements and, hence, reducing the overall power usage and costs -- Location acquisition indoors or in non-optimal environmental settings: The same handset with voice and data capability can be used for tracking applications (CDMA phone with a 6055 and above chipset offers A-GPS capability) Using CDMA network support, the solution takes advantage of Advanced Forward Link Trilateration (AFLT) positioning to assist in determining accurate locations while indoors or in sub-optimal environments.
About Tata Teleservices Limited:
Tata Teleservices Limited is one of India’s leading private telecom service providers, having a pan-India presence. The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the Tata Indicom brand, and uses the latest technology platform(s) for its wireless network. With a customer base of over 35 million, Tata Teleservices Limited, along with Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, covers over 320,000 towns and villages across all of India’s 22 telecom circles. In November 2008, Tata Teleservices entered into an agreement with Japanese telecom major NTT DOCOMO, as part of which the Japanese company acquired a 26% stake in TTSL for USD 2.7 billion. The transaction marks a key step in the strategic evolution of Tata Teleservices, as it moves towards a pan-India dual network presence. The company also recently announced a unique reverse equity swap strategic agreement between its fully-owned telecom tower subsidiary, Wireless TT Info-Services Limited, and Quippo Telecom Infrastructure Limited — with the combined entity kicking off operations with 18,000 towers, thereby becoming the largest independent entity in this space in the country. Tata Teleservices’ bouquet of telephony services includes mobile services, wireless desktop phones, public booth telephony and wireline services.
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NasdaqGM:TSYS – News) 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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