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Seven Peaks on Seven Continents in Seven Months with a Trimble Recon
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 12, 2007 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced that its Recon® rugged handheld computer has played a part in a record-breaking feat. Swedish adventurer Fredrik Sträng took the Recon to the top of the world on his quest to climb the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents in seven months.
Starting in April 2006 with Mount Everest—the highest point on Earth—Sträng raced from one continent to the next, completing his quest ahead of schedule in just six months and six days. He has since been certified by Guinness World Records for the fastest combined ascent of the seven summits.
During the expedition, Sträng used his Recon to send regular updates to his Web site, including photos and video clips, as well as to access e-mail. Sträng said that even as he blogged from some of the harshest outdoor conditions in the world, the Recon worked without problems—even at temperatures as low as -31 F (-35 C) and altitudes up to 20,997 feet (6,400 meters).
"I cannot imagine worse places for an electronic device to visit, but the Recon did it," Sträng said. "Thank you, Recon, for sending my updates to the Web site during my entire expedition and always functioning—even when I had a tough time functioning in the subzero cold and high winds."
The Guinness World Record is based on the total elapsed time between reaching the summits of the first and last peaks in the series. The peaks upon which the record is based can be climbed in any order. They are:
"All of us at Trimble congratulate Fredrik for his amazing accomplishment, and we're honored that he chose the Recon for his expedition," said Dale Kyle, rugged products manager. "The fact that Fredrik could use his Recon in extreme environments few of us will ever experience only solidifies our customers' confidence that they can count on the Recon in the rugged outdoor environments where they work."
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.