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Trimble CrossCheck Goes Global
GPS Mobile Communicator for Fleet Management Uses GSM PCS Cellular Network
LAS VEGAS, March 28, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced the launch of its CrossCheck® GSM 1900 mobile communicator for fleet management using the wireless Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Personal Communication Service (PCS) cellular network. The CrossCheck GSM 1900 leverages the increasing number of wireless operators committed to the GSM 1900 MHz telecommunications standard as well as the significant expansion of cellular GSM PCS coverage in the U.S., Canada and South America. GSM networks provide the largest cellular coverage worldwide; Trimble Crosscheck products now cover the global market.
The announcement was made today at the 25th Annual International Wireless Communications Expo.
"With CrossCheck GSM 1900, Trimble today provides a complete array of fleet and asset tracking products and services that supports the emerging wireless standards worldwide," said Michael Lesyna, vice president of the Company's Mobile Positioning and Communications Division. "CrossCheck GSM 1900 builds on our technological expertise and tens of thousands of field-proven units. This robust, highly integrated device provides fleet managers an easy, flexible and cost-effective solution to efficiently and securely manage their mobile assets."
The CrossCheck GSM 1900 mobile communicator is a tightly integrated device that combines a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, GSM, PCS technology and IQEventEngineTM (IQEE) firmware in a single module. Cross-Check products were the first devices to combine GPS, cellular communications and computing technologies onto a single circuit board. The move to this single, wireless, position and communications unit brings increased reliability as well as a reduction in cost and installation time to operators.
Trimble's CrossCheck GSM 1900 operates over the wireless GSM PCS network in the U.S., Canada and some South American countries. It sends GPS data and messages from the mobile unit to a base station running Trimble's FleetVision® or third-party software. When interfaced with FleetVision software, the CrossCheck GSM 1900 can provide the total asset management solution, including event and alarm reporting, data handling and map displays, giving the ability for the positions of mobile assets to be viewed in real-time or replayed for analysis.
Because of the CrossCheck GSM 1900's flexibility, it can be adapted to virtually all fleet applications--from armored car transport to limousine service and from utility fleets to construction equipment. The CrossCheck GSM 1900 can be used in a standalone mode or interfaced to external accessories and sensors to operate as part of an on-board system. These include the new EchoRTXTM Mobile Messaging Terminal that enables the exchange of messages and the generation of manual event reports between the driver and dispatch center; and a telephone handset (hands-free or handheld) for voice communications.
The system's IQEE firmware supports intelligent, automated monitoring and reporting of vehicle activity and status. An alert report, for example, automatically sends the vehicle's location and status to the operations center when specific events occur. This status report can cause the operations center to respond by remotely activating the vehicle's security systems, such as door locks, ignition lockout, sirens, lights or take other appropriate actions.
The CrossCheck GSM 1900 mobile communicator is available in the second quarter of 2001 from Trimble resellers throughout the U.S., Canada and selected South American countries.
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 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808