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Datumtech to Offer Trimble's Wireless Products in Latin America

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 19, 1999 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Veridian Engineering's Datumtech Operations has signed a contract to offer Trimble's wireless communications products in Latin America.
 
The agreement will assign master distributorship to Veridian's Datumtech Operations, with exclusive rights in Chile and Puerto Rico. Veridian will be working with their strategic partner, DatumCom, Corp., for distribution and service of the Trimble products throughout the region. Datumtech will distribute Trimble's new CrossCheck™ AMPS unit that integrates GPS, cellular and computing technologies into a single, low-cost mobile positioning and communications system for fleet management and security.
 
"Trimble leads the market in developing innovative GPS products for wireless communications and we have used their products for years to satisfy many of our client's demanding requirements in Latin America," said Dr. Moises Sudit, vice president of Veridian Engineering's Datumtech Operations. "We are very excited about the agreement and the opportunities that it presents to the company. It will allow us to create applications to address new markets sectors and increase our current market share."
 
"Datumtech has been a valuable customer over the years," said Luis Uriarte, senior manager of Trimble Latin America. "We are extremely pleased to extend and leverage our relationship to develop new distribution channels of our CrossCheck product in Latin America."
 
The interface of Trimble's wireless communications products with Veridian's suite of software applications gives users a complete, flexible end-to-end solution, including communications, mapping, database maintenance and report modules with the capability of historical review. Additionally, Veridian will leverage a larger installation base to provide better pricing, support and service. Trimble and Veridian will also cooperate to establish Datumtech Operations as a Trimble Authorized Service Center. The Veridian/DatumCom team will provide the first line of technical support, warranty and repair service to customers in Latin America. The service centers will decrease response times for service and support of the Trimble products, and trained engineers will be available to answer questions and assist in development of new applications to satisfy client requirements.
 
About Veridian
 
Veridian develops and applies advanced information technologies to save lives and solve critical problems in transportation, information, space, aeronautics and life sciences. The company's capabilities include decision support and knowledge management, information systems and communications, systems integration, modeling and simulation, and engineering and analysis. Veridian employs more than 2,800 computer scientists and software development engineers, systems analysts, scientists, engineers, test pilots and other professionals providing customer solutions at more than 35 locations in the U.S. and overseas. Major customers include the Department of Defense, NASA, other national and international space and satellite operators, the national intelligence community, national and international aircraft manufacturers, the Department of Transportation, and several state and regional transportation agencies.
 
Veridian's Datumtech Operations specializes in customized wireless mobile data solutions, including automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems and mobile data software and hardware, providing innovative solutions for public, commercial and consumer markets.
 
For additional information about the companies, visit their web sites at: www.datumtech.com, www.veridian.com and www.datumcom.com
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808




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