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Trimble Introduces Survey System and New Infrastructure Network
Receiver with Added GNSS Support
Trimble R8 GNSS System and Trimble NetR5 Reference Station Receiver Offer
Greater Flexibility and More Robust Signal Tracking
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 7, 2006 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced two new products as part of its Connected Survey Site model-the Trimble® R8 GNSS system and Trimble NetR5™ reference station receiver with added Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities. The positioning products, with Trimble R-Track™ technology, support GPS L2C and L5 signals as well as GLONASS adding greater flexibility and more robust signal tracking to provide a seamless and streamlined workflow for all of the critical phases of surveying.
"With the world's GNSS' in constant development, surveying businesses small and large can be confident that an investment in a Trimble survey solution is protected and continually enhanced at the system level," said Jrgen Kliem, general manager for Trimble's Survey Division. "Trimble, already proven in GPS technology, is committed to supporting GNSS, whether it be next-generation GPS, GLONASS or new satellite-based signals in the future."
Trimble R8 GNSS System
The Trimble R8 GNSS system is a multi-channel, multi-frequency, GNSS receiver, antenna, and data-link radio all in one compact unit. The Trimble R8 GNSS combines advanced receiver technology and a proven system design to provide maximum accuracy and productivity. Powered by an enhanced Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) engine, R-Track technology in the Trimble R8 GNSS now supports both the next-generation GPS L2C and L5 signals and GLONASS L1/L2 signals. The GNSS signals are capable of providing surveying professionals with real field benefits.
From the powerful Trimble field software to the receiver, the Trimble R8 GNSS system's overall design is field proven. As a rover it is rugged, lightweight and cable free for unsurpassed ergonomics in the field. As a base it is flexible and also cable free. Use the Trimble R8 GNSS system as a base or rover according to each job's needs.
The Trimble R8 GNSS system's flexible communication options include: an internal 450 MHz radio option for use as a cable-free base station and an internal GSM/GPRS option for Internet connectivity and use as a rover in a Trimble VRS™ (Virtual Reference Station) network.
The Trimble R8 GNSS system is designed to support Trimble's Integrated Surveying™ solution. Surveyors can combine GPS and optical data in one job file in powerful Trimble field software such as Trimble Survey Controller™ software. Transfer the job file seamlessly to the Trimble office software for processing.
The Trimble R8 GNSS can also be used as part of a Trimble I.S. Rover. Simply add a prism to the rover pole and partner the Trimble R8 GNSS with a robotic optical system such as the Trimble S6 Total Station. This integrated solution enables users to maximize the best of both surveying techniques for even greater efficiency in the field.
Trimble NetR5 Reference Station
The new Trimble NetR5 reference station is a multi-channel, multi-frequency, GNSS receiver designed for use as a stand-alone reference station or as part of a GNSS infrastructure network solution. The receiver also supports the next-generation GPS L2C and L5 signals as well as GLONASS L1/L2 signals.
The Trimble NetR5 is ideal for many different uses. It is rugged and lightweight, and consumes very little power due to its purpose-built Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) platform. The Trimble NetR5 can operate for a full work day in extreme conditions without a battery charge. It is also easy to configure via its simple front panel; a software interface is not required. The front panel also enables the user to quickly check the receiver's status.
Large amounts of data can be easily collected, stored, and transferred via the Trimble NetR5 receiver's expandable memory. The receiver supports USB devices such as memory sticks as well as external hard drives. The Trimble NetR5 also offers "FTP Push", which automatically and securely uploads files. There's no need to manually copy receiver files. The receiver can also function as an FTP server for users wanting to retrieve files manually. The receiver has an internal battery which will act as backup in case of any external power failures.
The Trimble NetR5 works seamlessly with Trimble's GPSBase™ and GPSNet™ infrastructure software. Additionally, the software has security options to restrict access to only those who are permitted. The software is available in eight languages, allowing users to control the receiver in their language of choice.
The Trimble R8 GNSS system and Trimble NetR5 reference station with GPS and GLONASS are expected to be available in March 2006 through Trimble's survey dealer network.
The Connected Survey Site
Trimble's Connected Survey Site model creates powerful working relationships among all Trimble products, technologies and services through support, infrastructure and partnerships. Taking Integrated Surveying to the next level, the Connected Survey Site enables surveyors to choose from a broad range of options; including surveying techniques, communications channels and facilitating services such as GPS infrastructure in one fully-integrated and interoperable surveying solution. Surveyors benefit from complete data compatibility with all Trimble field and office software; increased flexibility in employing the best tools and techniques for the job at hand; the adaptation of specialized technologies to fit the ideal workflow of surveyors; and the localization of surveying solutions to address specific market needs throughout the world.
About Trimble's Engineering and 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 Engineering and Construction business of Trimble focuses on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. 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, agriculture, machine guidance, asset and fleet management, 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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