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Trimble Introduces Military Ground-Based GRAM Product Line
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 16, 2002 - In response to the latest military Global Positioning System (GPS) requirements that support soldiers on the three-dimensional digital battlefield, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM) compliant product line.
Trimble's ForceTM 20, Force 22 and Force Simple Serial Interface (SSI) GB-GRAM compliant, Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM)-based receivers address today's need for embedded GPS solutions, which are smaller, lighter and more robust. The product line offers greater portability, easier integration, higher levels of performance and the latest in security and protection for authorized military GPS users.
GB-GRAM is the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office's (JPO) initiative to migrate towards an open system architecture (OSA) for ground-based embedded military applications. SAASM is the next generation of GPS security architecture that provides significant improvements in protection for authorized military users. Trimble's GB-GRAM compliant product line incorporates its SAASM Model 21, which was granted JPO security approval in May of 2000.
Trimble's Force 20 is the world's smallest SAASM-based receiver. The Type III PC Card is ideally suited for portable computing and embedded applications such as military planning systems, mobile tracking, geo-location systems and wearable computers.
The Force 22 Miniature Ruggedized Unit (MRU), Trimble's first SAASM-based GB-GRAM product, was developed for the U.S. Army's Advanced Hornet munitions program and is currently in low rate production. Other Force 22 applications include Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAVs), time and frequency systems, and mobile satellite communication systems.
Trimble's Force SSI GB-GRAM compliant receiver is intended for use in emerging military applications such as the U.S. Army's Land Warrior and Movement Tracking System (MTS) programs, among others. The Land Warrior program provides the dismounted soldier with up-to-date technology for wireless communications, navigation and data sharing while the MTS provides the capability to identify position, track progress and communicate with the operators of tactical wheeled vehicles. The Force SSI is expected to be available in late 2002.
In late December of 2001, the GPS JPO awarded Trimble the GRAM-SAASM PRDA Phase II contract to complete the development and testing of the Force 20 PC Card. Performance enhancements made under the contract will be incorporated into Trimble's Force 22 and Force SSI products - all share a common hardware and software core.
"Trimble's family of GB-GRAM products address the new requirements for SAASM-based security and GRAM-standard compatibility and performance. This means better situational awareness on the battlefield and improved mobility for users," said John Kahle, Trimble's marketing director for GB-GRAM products.
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.
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