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Trimble Creates Alliance with Brience Companies to Offer Customized Broadband and Wireless Services via the Internet
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 6, 2000 --- Trimble Navigation Limited (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Data on Air, Inc. has been acquired by Brience, Inc., a California privately-held company that intends to provide enterprise solutions enabling delivery of Internet content to wireless and broadband devices. As part of the transaction, Trimble received cash and stock in exchange for its minority interest in Data on Air, and will now hold a minority interest in Brience. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Data on Air, a privately-held advanced wireless solutions company, will become an operating unit of Brience. The strategic marketing agreement between Trimble and Data on Air, announced on April 5, 2000, will remain intact with Brience. Trimble and Brience will now team to provide enterprise-level applications enabling dynamic delivery of customized information via broadband and wireless devices.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Brience. Our goal is to bring Internet-based location services to market more rapidly. With Brience's strong management team, financial backing and focus, we believe that we can execute this strategy more effectively," said Steven W. Berglund, president and chief executive officer. "The combination of customized enterprise capability from Brience and the advanced wireless data solution expertise from Data on Air, gives Trimble a unique opportunity to better serve our customers in three of our key growth areas-fleet and asset management, construction and agriculture."
"Data on Air is recognized for hosting and managing leading Internet and intranet solutions for wireless carriers," said Keyur Patel, co-founder and chief of strategy at Brience. "With this acquisition, Brience leverages Data on Air's expertise and partners with Trimble to enable global 1000 companies to deliver personalized customer interactions through location-based wireless services."
This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially are included in the SEC filing, including Form 10-K and Form 10-Q for Trimble.
About Brience, Inc.
Brience is a new company that intends to provide enterprise solutions that will enable companies to leverage their current e-business infrastructures to dynamically customize and deliver information. Brience is the first company to develop technology that allows enterprises to personalize customer experiences through any broadband or wireless device, including mobile phones and PDAs. With its acquisition of Data on Air, the company intends to focus on defining the role of broadband and wireless communications in the enterprise arena.
Additional information about Brience can be found at http://www.brience.com
About Data on Air
Since 1995, Data on Air, Inc. has been helping wireless carriers deliver end-to-end, advanced wireless data solutions to their subscribers. As the "power behind the wireless Internet," Data on Air offers a high-availability server hosting environment for wireless carriers, software developers, and corporate enterprises. To ensure its clients' success in the market, Data on Air delivers an array of support services including specialized call center operations, technical/sales training, and field sales assistance. The Company has provided services to nearly every major wireless carrier in North America, and is a long-time member of the Wireless Data Forum, and an Associate Member of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dataonair.com
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