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Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Unveils Portfolio of Enhanced 3D Machine Control
Solutions for Stakeless Grade Control


Company Provides Contractors with Tools for Improving Productivity;
Technology Innovations Direct Result of Spectra Precision's Combination with Trimble

MUNICH, April 2, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced key enhancements to its SiteVisionTM GPS machine control system. The two enhancements include the SiteVision Auto option, and a single-antenna version for scrapers. The products are designed to offer contractors tools for improving accuracy, efficiency and overall project productivity on the jobsite. Leveraging the core expertise of Trimble and the former Spectra Precision, the SiteVision system enhancements build on Trimble's growing family of machine control solutions that sets the industry standard for stakeless grade control.
 
The announcement was made today at the Bauma 2001 International Trade Fair, the world's largest construction equipment exposition.
 
Trimble's SiteVision GPS system was first introduced to the market in 1999. It helps construction professionals increase productivity and efficiency in a stakeless environment. By placing the site design in the cab and using precise GPS technology, the SiteVision GPS system allows machine operators to accurately perform earthmoving operations for highway and road construction, residential and commercial subdivisions, and other land development projects. The system provides users with measurable benefits and quick return on investment by reducing rework and allowing contractors to complete jobs more quickly and accurately, as well as reducing operator fatigue.
 
SiteVision Auto
 
The SiteVision GPS system's automatic controls option uses leading-edge technology developed by the former Spectra Precision to connect the GPS system to the machine hydraulics. By using the GPS position and design information, the blade is automatically controlled to the exact elevation and cross-slope, providing significant improvements in both productivity and accuracy. Using the SiteVision Auto option, contractors are able to reduce material overages and dramatically improve their project profitability.
 
"The automated control option brings the best of both Trimble and Spectra Precision together into one, comprehensive and complete product," said Mark Nichols, division vice president of machine control for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "GPS-based machine control is ideal for improving competitiveness on the jobsite. By using the automated controls, the contractor can now enhance accuracy and efficiency, and reduce operator fatigue."
 
SiteVision GPS for Scrapers
 
Trimble also introduced a single-antenna SiteVision GPS option ideal for scrapers. The combination of real-time positioning and design information in the cab allows operators to access exact grade information without relying on surveyors and grade checkers. This means scrapers can work even more efficiently with little to no downtime. The single-antenna option offers contractors an economical choice for precise, stakeless grade control.
 
"The scraper system is a smart alternative for contractors seeking improved productivity from their entire fleet of earthmoving equipment," added Nichols. "It gives scraper operators a system that can address their needs with an excellent return on investment."
 
"With the continual evolution of the SiteVision GPS system, Trimble is able to offer a totally integrated earthmoving product family," said Nichols. "Today, the combined organization of Trimble and Spectra Precision leverages a broader set of technologies to develop innovative solutions for the construction industry."
 
The SiteVision GPS Auto option and scraper system are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2001 through Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
 
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 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

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



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