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IRVINE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Location Based Technologies, Inc. announces the completion of the pilot run of market ready PocketFinder® devices this week. The company will begin delivering several hundred devices to U.S. as well as International distributors with most having tested early prototypes of our product set. Targeted distributors include pet product retailers and wholesalers, Tier 1 telecom providers, and several government agencies.

“These low cost devices include the latest in GPS and wireless technology. By being one of the first applications to use a Gemalto embedded SIM and AT&T’s indoor location capability, our personal locator devices are stronger and better than designs that use GPS only technology and traditional SIM’s,” said Dave Morse, CEO of Location Based Technologies. “Our goal is to provide low cost devices that are robust and reliable in the most challenging environments,” added Morse.

“I had a personal need, as a single parent,” explains Joe Scalisi, LBT’s Chief Development Officer, “to know where my son was even when I couldn’t be there. I also recognized that most families could not afford to buy existing GPS devices that were currently on the market. So, we built the PocketFinder to be more reliable, cheaper, better, and stronger. It’s built for a kid, a pet, the military, or for rugged business use.”

This marks the beginning of entry into the business stage of volume manufacturing and sales for high value personal locators that are small, waterproof, and easy to use. Miniaturized PocketFinder devices are built to optimize the way that businesses, and families, are able to stay connected to other people, pets or assets.

Along with its existing vehicle location system, the quad-band personal locator design works on any GSM network world-wide.

The company has enhanced the ability for all account members to stay in contact by developing the ability to turn GPS enabled smartphones into a “PocketFinder” with all the benefits of real-time location, zone and speed alerts, and history of travel for a small monthly service fee. The apps are available for Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone, Windows Mobile, and RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones.

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