This TCS invention enables presence information ("available", "unavailable", "busy", etc.) to be provided at the same time that location information is being requested of a wireless device. Because location and presence services are message intensive within a mobile operator's network, the invention reduces network messaging traffic by using a single message to aggregate both presence and location information.
"Presence is an important complement to precise location information," said Drew Morin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for TCS. "The combination of location and presence will be an important component as social networking applications such as MySpace and Facebook make the transition from the Internet to mobile applications."
TCS was issued 7 new patents since the beginning of the year, the company now holds 63 patents with 194 applications pending. Many recent patents are inventions in the field of location-based services.