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Leading European Fleet Management System Provider Selects Trimble
TRACKER Network Adds Trimble GPS Location Capability
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd has selected the Company's Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for its next generation TRACKER® Communicator, a leading vehicle management and telematics system available in Europe.
The TRACKER Communicator is produced through a manufacturing relationship between TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd and Celestica, one of the world's largest electronics manufacturing service companies. The system offers fleet managers and field-based operations improved efficiency in areas such as customer service, vehicle fleet management and utilization, monitoring cargo in transit, driver and vehicle security through location capabilities.
"We are extremely pleased to be working with Trimble, the leader in GPS technology," said Peter Crinson, product development manager of TRACKER. "Using Trimble's innovative FirstGPS technology enables us to produce a smaller, more tightly integrated and cost efficient product. As a result, TRACKER Communicator is now far more efficient than other market competitors."
Using GPS and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) cellular technology, the TRACKER Communicator provides fleet operators with information about a vehicle's location and travel route. Information is instantly accessible through a range of monitoring options including individual software, Internet access via PC or WAP enabled mobile phones or telephone voice reports. The Communicator's extensive reporting capabilities improve scheduling, reduce mileage and travel times, and help identify excessive cost areas. Fleet operators can benefit from lower vehicle running costs, greater efficiency and productivity, and improved customer service.
The TRACKER Communicator uses Trimble's M-Loc™ MPM™ module, a postage stamp-size measurement platform that incorporates the Company's innovative FirstGPS™ technology. The module allows high-volume manufacturers to add GPS location to mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDA's, laptops, smart phones, digital cameras, fleet management and car navigation systems-for less power (34.7 milliwatts), less space and lower cost than previously possible. The M-loc MPM's high level of integration and low component count enables a small 25mm x 25mm footprint.
About TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd
TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd is the pioneer of electronic vehicle tracking in the UK. The Company's stolen vehicle recovery system was launched in 1993 and is now the clear market leader with more than 310,000 systems sold, helping the police recover over 100 million worth of stolen vehicles and leading to the arrest of over 1200 suspected car thieves. TRACKER introduced its original vehicle asset management system in 1999, and around 200 customers are now successfully utilizing this system to improve operating efficiency and control costs.
For more information about TRACKER visit: www.thankstotracker.com
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.
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking statements are subject to change, and actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the market's acceptance of the Company's or its customers product offerings, the ability to guarantee delivery dates, economic trends and additional competitive issues. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
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