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Trimble Adds Portable Computer to AgGPS Product Line
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 18, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today a new addition to its line of agricultural field information solutions-the AgGPS® 160 Portable Computer. Suited for handheld or vehicle-mounted use, the AgGPS 160 can significantly increase productivity of growers, custom applicators, contractors and agribusiness consultants by adding enhanced guidance, field mapping, soil sampling and data logging capabilities to their existing Trimble agriculture equipment.
Trimble's agricultural products have been designed with flexibility and ease-of-use in mind. Users can choose any of Trimble's AgGPS receivers as well as the AgGPS Parallel Swathing Option (PSO) to work with the AgGPS 160 Portable Computer to build a complete field management system. This modular set of components allows AgGPS users to expand their hardware investment and add Trimble precision applications, as they are needed. Growers and agribusiness can increase efficiency and productivity by using precise GPS-based field management records, guidance and computing technology to strategically map, measure and manage crop performance while improving crop and operational traceability.
The AgGPS 160 is a reliable and rugged-waterproof and drop-proof (4 feet or 1.2 meters)-top-of-the-line computing solution built to operate in extreme agriculture conditions. The computer can operate in temperatures ranging from -4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or -20 to 60 degrees Celsius and has up to 40 hours battery life. A sunlight-readable backlit display provides a clear view while mapping fields, applying ag materials or planting, day or night. The computer uses the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system for mobile applications, providing users with a graphical interface while running Trimble precision agricultural software. It can also run third-party WinCE software. The portable computer can be quickly and easily installed and transferred between vehicles, leveraging the user's investment across multiple applications.
When used with the AgGPS 214, the AgGPS 160 Portable Computer can record elevations and create field topographic maps; these maps can determine the layout of drainage or leveling, which can improve water management and increase crop yields.
When an AgGPS lightbar is attached, the AgGPS 160 provides enhanced field guidance, including straight line, curve, spiral and headlands patterns. The system can also provide guidance down line features which have been mapped in the field, or imported from a Geographic Information System (GIS), greatly improving productivity in laying tile drainage and planting trees or vines.
When connected to an external spray switch, the AgGPS 160 Portable Computer can record where agrochemicals are applied, automating the creation of spray reports and maps. On-screen application coverage lets operators find any skips and avoid costly call-backs. The AgGPS 160's software also allows logging of data from barcode readers, environmental sensors and weather sensors.
AgGPS 160 users can quickly determine accurate areas for billing by easily mapping field boundaries and subtracting nonproductive areas. Attributes for field events are fully user-customizable, enabling users to record anything from products applied to weather conditions for spray reports, plant varieties or even product ID tracking. The system's software makes soil or other sampling practices easy.
All data is stored in ESRI Shapefile format for efficient integration with existing agricultural data. Data is stored on an internal flash disk and is easily transferred to a PC using Windows Explorer and Microsoft ActiveSync where it can be loaded straight into most office GIS packages.
The AgGPS 160 Portable Computer is available now through Trimble's Agriculture Dealer network.
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.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808