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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble's New Transmitters Offer Easy Setup and Higher Accuracy

Spectra Precision Laser GL700 Series by Trimble
Gets Contractor to Grade Faster and More Accurately

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its new Spectra Precision Laser GL700 series of grade transmitters. Each model in the GL700 series is designed for simple setup and use, and delivers high accuracy over a variety of existing machine control, general construction and agricultural applications to perform grade work.
 
The announcement was made today at the World of Concrete, the industry's largest annual commercial construction show.
 
The GL700 series uses advanced technology that offers higher stability and more consistent accuracy over wide areas as well as automating complex alignments. After identifying specific jobsite requirements, contractors can choose from several different models ranging from economical single grade transmitters to advanced, long-range radio remote controlled dual grade transmitters.
 
These new models offer the most innovative collection of features ever available in a grade laser transmitter. The Automatic Axis Alignment feature allows contractors to align either side of any grade axis to within 40 degrees of the remote point. This simple, one-person operation allows contractors to roughly align the transmitter with the new Long-Range Radio Remote, which provides immediate confirmation of the alignment.
 
This new exclusive two-way remote control allows access to all transmitter functions and grades. The GL700's wireless control allows the operator to remotely change grade, reverse grade direction for road crown construction, change grade without a ladder, and most importantly, to automatically align the grade. The GL700 family is extremely accurate over long ranges, covering any size job-site with a minimum of laser moves. Due to this improved project efficiency, the operator does not have to get out of the cab to change the setting or need a second person to adjust the settings.
 
"The new GL700 series takes transmitter technology to a new level by allowing contractors to better define and automatically control difficult operations such as long range, high accuracy, elevation control and fine grading," said Mark Nichols, division vice president of machine control for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division.
 
"For example, the new wireless remote builds on combining the expertise of Spectra Precision's laser with Trimble's wireless technology to allow for greater project efficiency by allowing the operator to automatically check and change grade and all alignment settings on the transmitter from inside the cab. By remotely changing and reading grade information, contractors can speed setup and reduce costly communication errors."
 
Another new feature for the series, Planelok, virtually eliminates beam drift by locking the laser beam to a fixed elevation and remaining exactly at that elevation all day regardless of wind or temperature changes.
 
Grade Match Mode allows the contractor to simply set the receiver at the same height as the transmitter which will then automatically match and display the grade when controlled from the wireless remote at the desired distance from the transmitter.
 
The new Spectra Precision Laser GL700 series from Trimble will be available in the first quarter through the Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
 
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division
 
The combination of Trimble and Spectra Precision, the world leaders in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction Division of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of machine control, surveying, and construction instruments. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

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