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Trimble Introduces New Visualization Tools to Enhance Construction Fleet Productivity
Ability to Visualize Operations Helps Construction Managers Quickly Identify Underutilized Equipment
MUNICH, Germany, April 23, 2007 Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced the release of Trimble® Construction Manager version 1.9, a fully integrated solution for managing construction equipment and operations. Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9 introduces charts and a dashboard view that allows users to visualize critical operational information for their construction fleet.
The announcement was made today at the BAUMA 2007 International Trade Fair, the worlds largest construction equipment exposition.
"The ability to simply visualize construction operations is critical for construction managers because it enables them to identify underutilized equipment quickly," explained Michael Ritter, general manager for the Trimble Construction Services Division. "Utilization charts immediately identify equipment not meeting expectations, or idling more than they are working, which may lead the construction manager to deploy that equipment at a more appropriate location where they can be better utilized. Actionable business information is essentially what the Trimble Construction Manager solution and Trimble's Connected Site strategy are all about."
The Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9 includes a detailed utilization report and maintenance alerts. The utilization report lets users view their equipment's daily utilization and analyze actual hours worked compared to hours when the equipment was running but was idle, as well as hours worked compared to expected hours. This report aids in identifying which equipment are under or excessively utilized. With the maintenance alert, users can be alerted via email or SMS to their mobile phone when a piece of equipment is nearing its next maintenance milestone.
About Trimble Construction Manager
Trimble Construction Manager is designed to reduce construction project costs through enhanced equipment utilization, improved safety, theft recovery, and an improved understanding of a construction companys operations.
Built specifically for the construction industry, the Trimble Construction Manager solution provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use solution for construction companies to manage equipment such as dump trucks, fuel trucks, graders, loaders and generators. It brings together a variety of information, including location, hours, and external data, to provide an overview of the construction companys equipment, as well as detailed information for in-depth analysis. Users access information about their equipment by viewing them in the map view, running on-demand reports or charts, and using the dashboard view. With the alerts feature, users can be automatically notified of unexpected activity via email or SMS, which can aid in theft recovery. Users can also schedule reports to be emailed at regular intervals so the right information gets to the right people at the right time, and view a history of the equipments activity on the map for up to the past 90 days.
The system uses GPS-based positioning hardware and widely available GSM/GPRS wireless networks to provide information to a secure data server. The Internet-based Trimble Construction Manager software displays information about the equipment in real-time and facilitates the optimization in deployment of the equipment from one graphical interface. The software provides customized reporting capabilities to address a company's unique business needs and can be used with Microsoft® Excel®. Using the Trimble Construction Manager, contractors can realize lower operating costs, reduced fuel consumption, improved equipment productivity and utilization, resulting in a rapid return on investment.
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 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808