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  NEWS RELEASE

 
The Dutch Land Registry Office Chooses
Trimble Survey Equipment


 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 31, 2004 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Kadaster, the Dutch Land Registry Office, has awarded an exclusive five-year contract to the Company for the purchase of Global Positioning System (GPS) survey equipment and software. The survey systems will be used to collect accurate position data of registered properties in the Netherlands.
 
Under the contract, Kadaster will purchase Trimble 5800 RTK GPS surveying systems and 5700 RTK GPS surveying systems with TSCeTM controllers. The equipment takes advantage of Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) technology to access the Dutch Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS network 06GPS, the main reference network in the Netherlands. This technology, in combination with the Windows CE interface, enables the Kadaster to email the collected data direct from the field to the office in order to reduce traveling time. In addition to registering properties, Kadaster will use the Trimble equipment for a variety of surveying and mapping work.
 
The Dutch Kadaster registers property ownership in the Netherlands; the organization collects geodetic and other information about registered properties, records them in public registers and in cadastral maps and makes this information available to the public. Registered properties include both immovable properties or real estates and movable properties such as ships and aircraft
 
5800 RTK GPS Surveying System
 
The Trimble 5800 is a fully integrated, extremely lightweight, RTK GPS surveying system--everything a surveyors needs is all on a range pole. It combines a dual-frequency GPS receiver, antenna, built-in Bluetooth wireless technology and battery. Trimble 5800 GPS system can be configured as a rover or GPS base station, making it versatile to meet the changing needs of surveying projects. Kadaster will be using bluetooth-enabled field computers and GSM radios for cable-free surveying.
 
5700 RTK GPS Surveying System
 
The GPS Total Station 5700 is an easy-to-use modular system. It provides surveyors with total flexibility, using different set-up configurations for all types of surveying tasks. At the heart of the system is a low-power GPS receiver, which provides higher speed, longer battery life, better satellite tracking and higher precision in extreme environments. The GPS receiver also includes the extended Real-time Kinematic (eRTKTM) technology, which can cover areas up to four times larger than conventional RTK.
 
About Kadaster
 
Founded in 1832, Kadaster is the central organization for real estate and geometrical information in the Netherlands. Appointed a 'self-administering state body' of the Netherlands in 1994, Kadaster is a legal entity under public law, which performs its tasks as an independent organization. By collecting details about registered properties, recording them in public registers and in cadastral maps and making the information available to the public, Kadaster provides clarity about who a certain registered property belongs to and what its characteristics are.
 
For more information about Kadaster visit: http://www.kadaster.nl/english/.
 
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Business
 
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Geomatics and Engineering Business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
 
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, 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.
 
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. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the number of units to be purchased under the five-year contract. Among other things, customer acceptance, economic trends and competitive issues may have an adverse effect. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
 
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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