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Trimble's New Ag Software Turns Pocket PCs into Easy-to-Use Mapping Devices
TULARE, Calif. and LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12, 2002 - Continuing to provide innovative solutions for the agriculture market, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its AgGPS® EZ-Map software. The new software allows growers, crop consultants, soil samplers and customer applicators to turn their Pocket PC into an easy-to-use, affordable mapping device for agriculture applications.
The announcement was made today at the World Ag Exposition in Tulare, Calif., and the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
Trimble's AgGPS EZ-Map software expands the Company's new EZ line of affordable, easy-to-use agriculture products. The new software, operating on a Pocket PC, works with Trimble's entire range of AgGPS receivers and lightbar guidance systems. It gives users the highest possible accuracy and performance for mapping, coverage logging and record-keeping functionality, at a minimum investment.
The AgGPS EZ-Map software complements Trimble's AgGPS EZ-Guide 110 Parallel Swathing system; users can now precisely view their field work and record as-applied material coverage at a fraction of the cost of competitive mapping systems. Coverage logging allows users to easily identify and remedy application skips before leaving the field to increase crop yields, and avoid costly callbacks. Operators can also use the map view to anticipate curves, the edge of the field or headlands to ensure equipment is activated more accurately. Coverage maps can be recorded automatically by using the included switch adapter cable to connect to existing in-cab equipment switches.
With the AgGPS EZ-Map software, it is easy to map field boundaries and remove non-productive areas to get the accurate areas for billing or crop insurance. Users can record field event data such as seed varieties, crop inputs, soil and weather conditions for any application. Users can also create their own personalized data dictionary of features and attributes for point, line and area mapping.
The new EZ-Map software enables users to easily create soil sampling or planting targets in either grid or random pattern. Pre-existing sampling targets or zones may be loaded into EZ-Map software from a geographic information system (GIS). Sample numbers are automatically incremented from the first sample number making soil sampling quick and easy. And the software allows easy navigation to sample points via the graphical map display and heading indicator.
The reception to Trimble's first EZ line product was beyond our expectations, showing us that growers at all farm sizes are embracing Trimble GPS for its accuracy, reliability and ease-of-use, said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Agriculture Division. With the new AgGPS EZ-Map software, Trimble continues to provide high-quality GPS solutions at an affordable price for all levels of farm operation.
When used with the AgGPS 214 centimeter-level receiver, users are able to quickly and accurately map field topography to identify and manage elevation changes. This is essential for improving water management and crop production.
The AgGPS EZ-Map software has the same look and feel as the advanced AgGPS FieldManager software that runs on the AgGPS 160 Portable Computer, and AgGPS 170 Field Computer. Users can easily transition to these products when requiring more sophisticated features such as variable rate control and planting, barcode or weather sensor data logging, advanced guidance patterns, and a rugged waterproof field computer.
Trimble's AgGPS EZ-Map will be available February 2002 through the Company's Agriculture Reseller network. For more information visit Trimble's Web site at: www.trimble.com/aggps_ezmap.html
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