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TCS Launches Rand McNally Traffic for Blackberry
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of Rand McNally Traffic, a downloadable Java application for BlackBerry devices from Research In Motion.
Rand McNally Traffic leverages the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution to deliver unlimited, up-to-the-minute traffic information for 94 U.S. metro markets -- more than any other major wireless traffic application available today. The software is designed to make it quick and easy for a subscriber to access real-time traffic conditions and view incident specifics. Compiled from multiple sources, Rand McNally Traffic reports road closures, accidents, congestion areas, adverse weather conditions, sporting events, concerts and festivals.

Rand McNally Traffic offers several time-saving features that enable the user to quickly and easily obtain traffic information for specific routes. With one click, a user can access his or her most recent locations and obtain up-to-date traffic information. This is particularly helpful if a user frequently travels outside his or her home metro area. The Commute Wizard enables the user to store several of his or her commute routes and, with a single click, retrieve traffic information on or around those routes.

Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for TCS, stated, "How many times have you found yourself stuck in a traffic jam waiting for the broadcast radio traffic report? Rand McNally Traffic can help BlackBerry users avoid the frustration of sitting in a traffic back-up by providing unlimited, real-time traffic information whenever and wherever it's needed."

"Having timely traffic information conveniently delivered to your BlackBerry handset before you drive your daily commute or go to your next appointment can be a great time-saver," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at RIM. "Rand McNally Traffic further exemplifies the power of the BlackBerry platform by giving users easy access to valuable information while on the go."

The Rand McNally Traffic handset application is available now through most major U.S. carriers and runs on more than 50 different wireless handsets using Java and Qualcomm's Binary Run-time Environment for Wireless (BREW) operating systems. The application is powered by TCS' Xypoint(R) Traffic Server, a platform for delivering real-time traffic incidents, speed flow data and maps.
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