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PLANET COMMUNICATIONS TO LAUNCH DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PHASE FOR ITS ‘PLANETRAK’ GPS TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT

-Product Technology Evaluation Completed by Karta Technologies Inc.-

 CUMMING, Ga. September 24, 2003 – PlanetLink Communications Inc., (OTCBB: PLKC), a provider of satellite-based products and services announced today that San Antonio, Texas-based Karta Technologies Inc. has completed a comprehensive technology evaluation for PlanetLink’s PlaneTrak GPS technology product. Karta is a leader in information technology, engineering, training and program management services.

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PlanetLink will produce a family of GPS-enabled Mobile Locator Units (MLUs) under the PlaneTrak name, designed to communicate real-time location data and other information over the General Packet Radio System (GPRS) to a secure Internet server. PlanetLink is exploring applications for both consumer and commercial customers for tracking people, vehicles, and other assets. Karta evaluated potential open-architecture software solutions to perform the tracking functions of the system as well as price, performance and availability of existing GSM/GPRS-compatible mobile units and the feasibility of developing a proprietary-tracking element.

Karta’s evaluation concluded that there are devices available from several sources that could interact with the PlaneTrak server. In addition, Karta has recommended that PlanetLink utilize modules currently available from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that integrate GPS/GPRS functionality and the unique requirements of the consumer markets to design and produce a customized vehicle MLU to meet the specific requirements of PlaneTrak. A design firm specializing in the development of the GPRS communications modules has been identified to complete this task.

Software development activities on the PlaneTrak tracker, database, and website are underway and are anticipated to be complete during early 2004. Design and development efforts for the PlaneTrak vehicle unit have also been initiated and a prototype is expected to be completed by late 2003. Thereafter, integration testing of the PlaneTrak system with commercially available MLU’s should allow for launch of PlaneTrak services by early 2004.

“We are excited to have reached these long-awaited decisions. We now have definitive, expert conclusions and data on which to base our immediate development plans for PlaneTrak,” said M. Dewey Bain, president of PlanetLink Communications Inc.

Satellite-enabled technology, including GPS technology, is at the core of some of the most innovative new products on the horizon. Using PlaneTrak, consumers will be able to log on to the Internet and immediately pinpoint the location of an automobile or person equipped with its device, such as a child, a hiker or an elderly person. PlaneTrak products will be leased on a monthly-service and usage-charge basis alleviating consumer concerns about technology changes and upgrades.

PlanetLink’s PlaneTrak GPS-related products will include:

·         Kidtrak: A personal tracking system to help parents locate a child within minutes

·         Parentrak: Designed to permit users to track the location of aging adults/parents

·         Autotrak: Will enable parents and others to know the speed at which their children are driving and the location of their vehicle. This product can also be used to track the location of commercial fleet vehicles used by transportation and delivery companies as well a variety of other businesses.

·         Twowaytrak: This location device is designed to deliver a panic signal identify the location, and includes a 2-way audio signal that can be remotely monitored.

PlanetLink, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., has two primary business segments based on satellite-enabled technology. Providing the consumer both products and services, PlanetLink’s businesses include DISH Network (satellite television) and Global Positioning System (GPS) personal tracking devices. PlanetLink’s goal is to become a single-source dealer/distributor of satellite-based products and service. With a strong and growing product offering and brand name, PlanetLink is building this unique category into a class all its own.  

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