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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Enhances TTS Optical Survey Family with New Firmware
New Data Collection Functionality and HANDWAVE Technology Increase
Productivity and Safety


LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 20, 2000 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its TTSTM Optical Survey Family version 2.00 firmware for the company's optical line of surveying equipment. The enhanced firmware increases customer value and reflects Trimble's continuing commitment to provide total survey solutions for improved productivity, performance and safety in the surveying and civil engineering industries.
 
The announcement was made at the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Convention.
 
With powerful data collection and feature coding, the TTS version 2.00 firmware allows surveyors and civil engineers to work more productively than ever before. And with its comprehensive reporting and third party data import and export functions, the firmware has increased interoperability with Trimble's surveying systemsincluding the GPS Total Station® 4700 and 4800or Trimble Survey ControllerTM firmware, data collectors and optical instruments from other leading manufacturers.
 
Key features of the TTS version 2.0 firmware include: an internal memory that stores up to 5,000 points; an easy-to-use graphical interface that allows fast retrieval and review of stored data; and most importantly a new proprietary technique, HANDWAVETM technology. The technology allows tolerance for brief interruptions such as a waving hand, a person walking or a car passing during distance measurement. This capability is beneficial for safety and productivity when conducting highway surveys without lane closures.
 
Trimble's TTS Optical Survey Instruments
 
The TTS 300 and TTS 500 optical survey instruments with reflectorless EDM technology capitalize on the benefits offered in Trimble's GPS survey systems. Trimble's EDM technology allows surveyors to measure three times farther without a prism than most optical equipment on the market today. The instruments' unique mechanical design and reflectorless technology allow a single surveyor to speed through measurements that would require significantly more time with conventional optical instruments. The EDM provides millimeter accuracy for surveying in areas where GPS signals are obstructed such as tunnels, parking garages and dense forests, as well as building facades or dam faces that are difficult or dangerous to reach. Using the TTS Optical Survey Family, surveyors and civil engineers can perform topographic, boundary and geodetic control surveys, as well as stakeout for construction.
 
Availability
 
The TTS version 2.0 firmware is anticipated to be available in late March 2000 through Trimble's authorized Survey and Mapping distributors worldwide.
 
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, construction, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 250 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 200 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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