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Electronics Production | September 09, 2008

Mass production of the PocketFinder products starts at Jabil, France

Location Based Technologies has commenced pilot production of the PocketFinder personal locator at the Jabil Circuit manufacturing facility in Meung-Sur-Loire, France, thereby setting the stage for mass production runs scheduled for the fourth quarter.
With previously announced GSM-type laboratory approval allowing connectivity on European and other GSM wireless networks, early sales commenced immediately. As a result the company is conducting inter-operability testing with a major distributor of European wireless products. Additional pilot run devices will be used for pre-sale testing and evaluation to generate purchase orders.

“Due to the unprecedented small size of the PocketFinder and PetFinder devices, U.S. certification referred to as PTCRB has been a challenge using existing technology,” explained David Morse, co-president and CEO of Location Based Technologies. “By partnering with a leading antenna company that incorporates a revolutionary technology based on magnetic fields rather than ground planes, we have been able to break through the barrier and can now proceed to the final steps of certification.”

“We are committed to delivering a robust and dependable high quality product,” Morse added. “Although the final development of the PocketFinder® personal locators took longer than expected, it was necessary to slow down the process and ensure that the software was properly de-bugged and performing up to our customer's expectations. We will continue to enhance the functioning capability of our products on an ongoing basis and have built in the ability to continuously upgrade the device through either an internet connection or via "over-the-air" updating capability.

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