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Trimble's Site Connectivity Stepped Up Between Earthmoving and the Construction Office

On-Machine Communications System Uses Wi-Fi to Transfer Data and
Dramatically Enhances Earthmoving Productivity


Munich, GERMANY, April 19, 2010 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), today introduced a new on-machine radio and expanded communications capabilities between the construction office and earthmoving machines. The new Trimble® SNM940 communications system provides an easy-to-use Wi-Fi connection on the machine and improves construction efficiency by lowering the cost and delay of driving data to and from the office and field. With the SNM940, contractors can quickly transfer and synchronize design files and production data with the office for immediate analysis and action. Contractors can purchase the SNM940 communications system and implement the most appropriate synchronization method for data usage, budget, and collaboration requirements.

The announcement was made today at Bauma 2010, the world's largest construction equipment exposition.

On-machine communications, including those offered by the new SNM940 communications system, are an integral component of Trimble Connected Site™ solutions. These solutions streamline the workflows between the head office, field crews, site supervisors, and machine operators, and allow contractors to more effectively manage projects at greater distances from the office.

Flexible Communications Options Using the SNM940 Communications System

The SNM940 supports two methods for synchronizing information between machine, office or field staff—via Trimble SiteVision® Office software or the Trimble Connected Community (TCC). 

Office-to-site connectivity is possible in near real-time via two-way data connection with Trimble SiteVision Office software. Up-to-the-minute information about site progress and operator status such as production and compaction, design files, operator screens, point data, text messages, and machine diagnostics can be transferred to office or field users without operator intervention or impact on machine operation. Significant site-wide productivity gains can be achieved with real-time design file changes can be sent from office to machine or site supervisor to ensure operators are working with the most current information. This is particularly beneficial for large contractors or long linear projects where the robust functionality of Trimble SiteVision Office software is also needed for managing machine data and productivity information. Field systems can receive updated software and firmware using this real-time site connectivity without the cost and effort of driving to each site to physically upload new software and firmware.  

The SNM940 can also remotely synchronize project data with the office or site supervisor through the TCC. The machine operator can initiate synchronization of machine data files at any time with a single button push on the in-cab machine control display. Production and compaction data can be transferred back to the office or supervisor for analysis and progress monitoring. The flexible TCC synchronization method is ideal for smaller contractors or sites where there are fewer machine resources to manage. TCC gives contractors the ability to synchronize data to/from the machine plus other file sharing, versioning, and collaborative tools.  

The Trimble SNM940 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2010 through Trimble's worldwide Heavy and Highway Construction Distribution Channel.

About Trimble's Heavy and Highway Division

Trimble's Heavy and Highway Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. Trimble's solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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