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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble GPS Selected for Public Safety Fleets
in Two More Cities

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 23, 2000 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that public safety fleets in Honolulu and St. Louis have selected Trimble's GPS-based Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) products for installation. Trimble's system is used to locate, manage, and assist in the dispatch of vehicles for enhanced fleet operations.
 
"Fleet and asset management is a strategic business focus for Trimble. The potential for GPS as a public safety utility is growing rapidly," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and CEO. "We are excited about providing solutions that help save lives and enhance public safety. The implementation of these two systems, as well as many other major cities domestically and abroad, continue to underscore the value of the technology."
 
The City and County of Honolulu will equip 30 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles with Trimble's AVL products. Trimble will serve as a subcontractor to TriTech Software Systems, the prime contractor and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system vendor, to incorporate GPS/AVL into Honolulu's dispatch operations.
 
"We know that having accurate information at our finger tips enables reliable and timely performance, which is a crucial part of our jobs-helping to save lives," said Robin McCulloch, chief of Honolulu's Emergency Medical Services Division. "When seconds count, second best doesn't."
 
The City and County of St. Louis will install 95 Fire and Rescue vehicles. Trimble will serve as a subcontractor to TriTech Software Systems, the prime contractor and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system vendor, to incorporate GPS/AVL into the City's dispatch operations which serves a population of 351,000 people from a metropolitan area of 61 square miles.
 
"We believe this technologically advanced system will enhance greatly our ability to respond quickly to emergencies," says St. Louis Fire Department Deputy Chief Bill Erker. "The new system will help us to assign the closest appropriate fire fighting and EMS resources, reducing response times to fire and medical emergencies throughout our city."
 
Trimble's AVL Subsystem
 
Trimble's AVL Subsystem is one of the most responsive tools for achieving maximum fleet efficiency. It is a comprehensive system of fully integrated products, including a PSC-200TM intelligent data controller with a built-in GPS receiver, an EchoXLTM message data terminal, and base station software packages for AVL management and communications control. Trimble also provides vehicle sensors, differential base stations and mapping capabilities. These products work together to track vehicles or report vehicle/crew status. Trimble's AVL Subsystem and products provide the dispatcher with continuous feedback from the fleet. This information can be integrated with an existing Computer Aided Dispatch and map display resource.
 
Trimble has extensive experience providing GPS-based fleet management systems for customers with both small and large operations. These customers include the police and fire departments, ambulance services, army proving grounds, courier services, towing companies, public transportation systems and taxi services.
 
About Trimble
 
Founded in 1978, Trimble is a recognized worldwide leader in the development of innovative Global Positioning System (GPS) technology-based products for a wide range of applications. Today, these advanced solutions combine GPS with wireless communications and sophisticated software to meet demanding applications in environments ranging from agriculture and construction to asset management, automotive and timing. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble provides end-users and OEMs with leading edge solutions backed by global leadership in patents, exceptional experience and a reputation for excellence.
 
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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