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Trimble Navigation Limited
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Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Introduces Quadband GSM/GPRS Version of the TrimTrac Locator
 
Portable, Affordable and Ready-to-Use Device Offers Worldwide Asset Monitoring and Control


SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 9, 2006 Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today its newest member of the TrimTrac™ locator product family. The TrimTrac 1.5 locator is a small, lightweight asset-monitoring device that requires little, if any, installation when used in its battery-powered configuration. Hardware and setting options allow the device to be configured to meet a variety of demanding installation and operational requirements. Like the original TrimTrac locator, motion-based reporting continues to be an important tool in minimizing power consumption and recurring communication costs.

Trimble's TrimTrac 1.5 locator, along with offerings from multiple location-based Application Service Providers (ASPs) that are compatible with the original TrimTrac locator, will be showcased at CeBIT, the world's largest trade fair for digital IT and telecommunication solutions, March 9-15 in Hanover, Germany.

Cost-effective, Universally Available Communications
The TrimTrac 1.5 locator supports all GSM frequencies (900/1800MHz and 850/1900 MHz) to take full advantage of cost-effective GPRS data rate plans and the near universal roaming capability of SMS text messaging. The TrimTrac 1.5 locator takes advantage of both technologies by automatically selecting GPRS wherever such service is available, while relying upon SMS text messages as backup when outside GPRS coverage. This helps minimize recurring communication costs while allowing the greatest coverage possible.

Hardware Options, Expanded Capabilities
A variety of hardware options are available to enhance the suitability of the TrimTrac 1.5 locator to particular application requirements. These options include optional plug-in modules plus a miniature external GPS antenna that allows for more discrete, protected installation of the TrimTrac 1.5 locator.

Two optional plug-in modules are offered: vehicle adapter and control modules. Both modules provide connection to external 9-32 VDC power to eliminate the need to change batteries and can monitor inputs of three different priority levels. The control module also provides two outputs that can be used to control other on-board devices or systems, such as door locks, immobilizers and remote start systems.

Enhanced Functional Capabilities
Position reporting triggered by motion continues to be an important attribute of the TrimTrac 1.5 locator and it is backward compatible with applications developed for the first generation TrimTrac; however, a range of powerful new functional enhancements now augment this basic capability with the TrimTrac 1.5 locator. These functional enhancements include 1 Hz GPS operation, on-board geofence enforcement, scheduled hours of operation, multiple runtime meters, start/stop reporting mode, and more.

Availability
The TrimTrac locator 1.5 is expected to be available in limited volumes in the second quarter and in quantity in the third quarter of 2006 through Trimble's Component Technologies authorized distributors and service provider network.

About Trimble
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.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-6914
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
 
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 statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual events and results may differ materially from those described in this press release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the availability, performance and market acceptance of the TrimTrac 1.5 locator; adequate availability of components; and delays in obtaining type approvals or other required certifications for the product. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimble's business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.



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