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Trimble Adds Smart Tracking Capabilities to Lassen SQ GPS Module
Unique TAIP Protocol Minimizes Development Time and Cost for Tracking Applications
NEW ORLEANS, March 17, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that its innovative Trimble ASCII Interface Protocol (TAIP) has been added to the LassenTM SQ Global Positioning System (GPS) module. TAIP enables system integrators using the Lassen SQ module to add smart tracking capabilities quickly and easily to applications, significantly reducing research and development costs, risk and time to market.
The announcement was made at CTIA Wireless 2003.
The Lassen SQ is an ultra-low power, postage stamp-sized GPS module for mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs and digital cameras. It is also ideal for many smart tracking applications such as object tracking, Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), theft prevention and recovery, security, cargo, trailer and tractor tracking. With its ultra-low power, the Lassen SQ module only uses 110 milliwatts—the lowest power consumption on the market today. The module, which uses FirstGPS® technology, allows system integrators to add GPS capability to a device with minimal impact on its size or battery life.
Tracking systems typically require developers to write extensive code to manage vehicle identification, time and distance reporting, polling schemes and many others. Now, TAIP protocol packs all that power into the Lassen SQ GPS module, making it a ready-to-use GPS receiver for fleet tracking; TAIP significantly minimizes the amount of code required, while also making it easy to write any necessary code for specific tracking applications.
In addition, TAIP makes it easy for the dispatcher or service center user. The user can automatically assign unique IDs to each vehicle or object and get customized reporting information. Unique IDs allow dispatchers to interact with specific vehicles, as well as disengage or reconfigure individual vehicles via the Internet while in the field at anytime. TAIP includes many features not available with NMEA 0183.
"Adding TAIP to the Lassen SQ means that our lowest-power, smallest GPS module now carries our most powerful protocol for smart tracking applications," said Joel Avey, director of marketing for Trimble's Component Technologies Division. "And because it also minimizes any engineering required, it's a win-win for integrators."
TAIP is a standard protocol embedded in other Trimble GPS modules, including the ACE III GPS receiver, the Lassen SK II and Lassen LP GPS modules.
Existing users of the Lassen SQ GPS module can upgrade to TAIP for no charge.
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.
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