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LOC8.NET LICENSES SNAPTRACK GPS TECHNOLOGY.

Loc8.net has signed an agreement to license SnapTrack's Enhanced Global Positioning System technology to launch the first wireless Internet location services over the ReFLEX two-way paging network.

By embedding SnapTrack's Enhanced GPS technology into paging devices, Loc8.net services will give subscribers using the ReFLEX paging network immediate access to emergency services. A special panic button on the devices will alert police and emergency professionals to help find people in need. The devices also will help find missing loved ones, such as lost children and Alzheimer's patients, by giving authorized friends and family access to pager location information down to street address accuracy -- through full map displays on the Internet or through a customer call center.

With SnapTrack's patented wireless-assisted GPS architecture, Loc8.net is able to offer anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless subscriber, even inside many buildings where conventional GPS does not operate.

"SnapTrack allows us to offer a very valuable service at a price that's affordable to the mass market," said Michael Crowson, CEO of Loc8.net. "Plus, its extreme battery efficiency and ability to locate paging devices indoors clearly makes it the most advanced location technology available."

How it Works

SnapTrack improves on conventional GPS performance by sharing processing tasks between patented software algorithms, which harness the power of the digital signal processor inside a pager, and sophisticated server software running on the wireless network. Rather than processing GPS data continuously like traditional GPS receivers, SnapTrack processes only a snapshot of GPS data, saving precious battery power.

SnapTrack's technology allows Loc8.net to display through its Web interface the location and address of the devices -- to within 15-foot accuracy -- through a full map display. The SnapTrack-enabled devices take a snapshot of GPS data, process it and transmit location information back to the network server, hosted by XYPOINT Corp. While traditional GPS receivers may take several minutes to provide a location fix, SnapTrack's innovative system generally locates users within a few seconds. The server computes longitude and latitude, and performs complex error corrections to improve accuracy. In addition to hosting the server, XYPOINT also provides the map functions and differential GPS services.

"We're very confident in the ability of Loc8.net's location services to meet the growing demand for enhanced security and wireless tracking," said Steve Poizner, president and CEO of SnapTrack. "Our agreement with Loc8.net marks a new phase in the creation of mass-market location services using SnapTrack's Enhanced GPS technology, and a new first in the two-way messaging industry."

About XYPOINT

XYPOINT, a privately held company based in Seattle, builds and operates location-related services -- and recently introduced a suite of applications and services that enable customers to conduct Web transactions from wireless devices.

About SnapTrack

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., SnapTrack is focused on integrating GPS and two-way wireless technologies. SnapTrack's patented architecture offers anytime, anywhere, accurate, high-speed location of a wireless caller, even inside buildings where conventional GPS does not operate.

About Loc8.net

Based in Seattle, Loc8.net is partnering with industry leaders SnapTrack and XYPOINT to provide add-on wireless location services that take advantage of the ReFLEX paging network. The company was founded by two wireless industry veterans, William Clise and Michael Crowson, also founders of XYPOINT.

For more information, call 503/232-4476.
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