Trimble Navigation Limited
935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Next Generation Trimble Technology Redefines Grade Control
Fully Upgradeable Grade Control Systems Offers Single Sensor Control to a Multi-Functional GPS 3D System Solution
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2005 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its family of next generation Grade Control Systems. These systems leverage more than 30 years of experience in developing solutions for the earthmoving contractor and include a range of practical and innovative features. They are the result of Trimble's on-going commitment to meeting construction contractors' needs with productivity-enhancing solutions for earthmoving, site prep and roadwork.
The Trimble® GCS family of grade control systems provide upgrade options that deliver earthmoving contractors with the flexibility to select a system that meets their daily needs. For example, a single control system such as the GCS300 can provide for low-cost entry into grade control, and over time can be upgraded to the GCS400 dual sensor system, or to the full 3D GCS900 Grade Control System.
The GCS family uses the industry standard Controller Area Network (CAN) as the "backbone" of the system to connect laser receivers, sonics, or GPS sensors, and the control box to the machine hydraulics. The CAN environment provides for "plug-and-play" flexibility allowing the system to be upgraded from single sensor control to a full 3D solution. It includes the following five systems:
About Trimble's Construction Business
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that change the way construction work is done. The Construction Business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions for the earthmoving, general and interior construction contractor. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
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.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
Investors Contact: Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-6914