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Trimble and New Zealand Aerial Mapping Announce Differential GPS Services for
America's Cup 2000

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 5, 1999 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and New Zealand Aerial Mapping Limited announced today that they have formed a joint venture, New Zealand Beacon Services Limited, to provide Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) services for America's Cup 2000.

The marine radiobeacon services will provide differential GPS corrections to accurately calculate the yacht's position and time data for the graphical animations during the television coverage of the America's Cup 2000 races. Audiences from around the world will be able to follow the race "tack-for-tack" on a virtual course.

Trimble and New Zealand Aerial Mapping have established a differential GPS marine radiobeacon at Whangaparaoa Heads, Auckland, New Zealand. The system provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, differential GPS corrections up to a radius of 108 nautical miles (200 km) from Whangaparaoa. The system is expected to improve position accuracy to better than one meter for marine and land-based GPS users equipped with the appropriate Trimble receivers.

The service provided by Trimble and New Zealand Aerial Mapping utilizes Trimble's DGPS beacon technology, the same technology provided to leading navigation authorities worldwide. Corrections are transmitted on 294 kHz.

Trimble DGPS solutions are already installed in many existing radionbeacon systems worldwide including Bermuda, Brazil, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, Sarawak, Singapore, Sweden, United States, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Purchasers of GPS equipment should be aware that depending on commercial demand, New Zealand Beacon Services Limited may decommission the service after the America's Cup 2000 races. Encoding technology may be tested on the system, however these tests will not disrupt the reception of differential signals by appropriately configured Trimble GPS receivers.

About New Zealand Aerial Mapping

New Zealand Aerial Mapping is the oldest aerial photography and mapping company in New Zealand. Established in 1936, it now holds the most comprehensive archive of aerial photography from which the majority of New Zealand maps have been derived. The company also specializes in the supply of licensed land information to government, local authorities and corporations for GIS and AM/FM purposes. The company has pioneered innovative data capture technology using GPS that allows on-site information to be directly input into land-base systems with minimal post processing. New Zealand Aerial Mapping is a leader in the practical application of GPS and New Zealand Beacon Services is an extension of these endeavors.

For more information on products and services contact New Zealand Aerial Mapping at 64-9-415-7720.

About Trimble
 
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The Company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.

Media Contact:   Lea Ann McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808




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