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Trimble Introduces New Version of its GCS900 Grade Control System

Expanded Machine Mix and Flexible Configurations Enable Higher Utilization of Technology
on the Broadest Range of Machines in the Industry

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23, 2009 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced version 11 of its Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System. The Trimble Grade Control System portfolio is the most complete, scalable and modular 2D and 3D product line available today to the heavy and highway contractor. GCS900 version 11 can enable higher machine utilization through expanded machine mix and configurations allowing contractors to be even more productive and complete projects faster and more efficiently.

The announcement was made today at the 2009 Trimble Dimensions User Conference.

Trimble Grade Control Systems are adaptable to almost any application and environmental condition on the job, allowing contractors to work faster and smarter—especially important in tough economic times where projects are fewer and bids are more competitive. Version 11 features an expanded machine mix and system configurations, including new system options for excavators, support for towed scrapers and enhancements for dozers and motor graders.

For excavators, the new Single GPS option provides an additional price point for contractors to adopt 3D grade control.

Additionally for excavators, the option to use the SPSx30 Universal Total Station allows contractors to operate in areas with limited or no GPS coverage, for example in tunnels, pits and around trees The Universal Total Station based configuration is portable between dozers, motor graders and excavators.

For towed scrapers, GCS900 v11 now automates the raising and lowering of the scraper bowl to speed up operation and reduce operator fatigue.

For dozers, dynamic blade rotation—and for both dozers and motor graders dynamic blade roll—allow operators to get the job done faster and more accurately without the operational constraints of having to maintain a straight or vertical blade to maintain accurate guidance.

The Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System features a single control box interface for all configurations. The in-cab software has a number of enhancements that result in improving overall site wide productivity. Additionally the software is available in 26 languages and now includes translation to support the use of local labor in more countries such as Afrikaans, Estonian, Hindi, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian and Slovakian.

GCS900 version 11 is ideal for both new and existing users of the Trimble Grade Control Systems portfolio—allowing both to realize a higher and more rapid return on their investment. For new users, Single GPS for excavators provides an economical point of entry into 3D grade control. For existing users, the expanded machine mix and configurations allow utilization of key components on more machines and for more applications. The addition of blade rotation and blade roll provides for increased operational flexibility.

Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System version 11 is available now through Trimble's worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel.

About Trimble's Construction Business

Trimble's Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for both the heavy and highway contractor and the building construction contractor. Trimble's solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Investor Relations Contact:   
Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808




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