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ESCORT SmartRadar™ Bluetooth® Enabled Radar Detector and Award Winning ESCORT Live™ Ticket Protection Network Receive CTIA Mobile Wireless Show Accolades

ESCORT Inc., the industry leader of radar detection technology, announced that its all-new ESCORT SmartRadar™ Bluetooth® enabled windshield mount radar / laser detector has received overwhelming positive reception at its debut at the 2012 CTIA Mobile Wireless Show this week in New Orleans alongside the multi-award winning ESCORT Live™ real-time ticket protection network.

New Orleans, LA, May 09, 2012 -- ESCORT Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world's best premium automotive accessories, today announced that its all-new ESCORT SmartRadar™ Bluetooth Enabled Radar/Laser Detector has received overwhelming accolades from media attendees at this week's CTIA Mobile Wireless Show. The SmartRadar™ unit is a supercharged, out-of-sight radar/laser detector with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology and is designed to connect easily with ESCORT Live™, ESCORT's multi-award winning ticket protection network. Both products were prominently featured at the CTIA Mobile Wireless Show's two press events this week in New Orleans.

"As we have frequently heard before and now from the CTIA Mobile Wireless Show this week, industry experts rate ESCORT as the leading innovator of the most advanced radar and laser defense available," said Tim Coomer, ESCORT Product Development Vice-president. "Their positive review of our new SmartRadar™ unit confirms our goal of giving drivers a best-in-class out-of-sight radar detector that comes ready-to-use seamlessly with our ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app for their smartphone."

ESCORT debuted SmartRadar™ and presented live demonstrations of its award-winning ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app at the major CTIA press gatherings which included ShowStoppers @ CTIA and PEPCOM MobileFocus. Press members and organizations such as Engadget, TWICE, CBS News and other high-profile media attendees participated in up-close live demonstrations of both products at the press events. Some of those media have begun distribution of their positive experience with the new SmartRadar™ unit and its direct connectivity to the ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app for their smartphone.

Announced this week, the SmartRadar™ detector, when connected with the award winning ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app, provides unmatched ticket protection technology and road awareness in the industry. SmartRadar™ underscores ESCORT's commitment to the firm's "Drive Smarter" theme where drivers are given specific ESCORT products and technologies to help them drive more aware and help them to drive safer.

"ESCORT SmartRadar™ helps drivers to drive safer by giving them the most complete and the most advanced driving information and awareness protection available," Coomer added. "With the ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app's advanced notifications, drivers are prepared, not surprised."

ESCORT's new SmartRadar™ device is a complete, supercharged, quick-install radar/laser detector with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology for connection to mobile phones and other Bluetooth® devices. Small and compact, SmartRadar™ is designed to quickly and easily mount on the driver's windshield out-of-sight, directly behind the rearview mirror. SmartRadar™ has two display options. Drivers can use their smartphone and the connected ESCORT Live™ app to display SmartRadar™ performance and features or, use a miniature display-controller for attaching to the rearview mirror which provides direct control and display of the SmartRadar™ unit.

SmartRadar™ includes full X, K, and SuperWide Ka radar capability, digital signal processing for superior range and reduced false alarms, ESCORT's patented Mute and AutoMute functions, alert reporting using both audible and visual band alerts and much more.

But the real benefit of the new SmartRadar™ unit is its seamless connectivity to the award-winning ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app. Once connected, drivers have instant access to active radar and laser threats as well as all of the many alerts and benefits of the real-time shared alerts passed through the Live™ app network.

Repeatedly called out in prominent reviews as a leading new technology (Edmunds 'top ten best new product', Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice and a Car and Driver 'Top Ten Most Promising New Technology' award winner), ESCORT Live™ continues receiving national market exposure. Added to the long list of accolades, ESCORT Live™ was recently named a CNET 'must see' new product.

ESCORT Live™ uses Bluetooth technology embedded in SmartCord® Live™ cords and a unique app for the driver's smartphone. When alerts are detected, they are transmitted to the ESCORT Live™ "cloud" and then broadcast across the ESCORT Live™ network, notifying drivers of potential ticket threats. In addition to network alerts, the new smartphone app technology provides ESCORT's industry-leading Defender® database of red light and speed-ticketing camera locations and speed traps as well as ESCORT's patented GPS features including posted speed limit information, over-speed limit alerts, live traffic for route optimization and more.

For more information on the new ESCORT SmartRadar™ radar/laser detector, ESCORT Live™ ticket protection app and ESCORT's complete line of premium automotive products, visit ESCORTinc.com or call the company direct at 800-964-3138.

About ESCORT Inc.
ESCORT Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high-performance radar and laser detectors, the patented ESCORT Live™ real-time ticket protection network, commercial fleet ESCORT SmartOffice™ rugged mobile PC, ESCORT MobileTV™, Guardian Alert reverse obstacle detection systems, Entourage GPS-enabled navigation and tracking products, ESCORT QuickStart™ and other Drive Smarter products. ESCORT manufactures products under the ESCORT, PASSPORT, REDLINE, SOLO, Vector and BELTRONICS brands. The company is headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, with its principal manufacturing facility located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Facts on radar detectors and speeding tickets:

  • Radar detectors are legal in 49 states (only Virginia prohibits their use)
  • According to ESCORT, more than 50 million drivers receive a speeding ticket in the United States each year - about one in every four drivers
  • According to trafficticketsecrets.com the average speeding ticket costs $150.00 and the average insurance premium increases $900 over the course of three years

Editorial Contact:
Ron Gividen
513-870-8500