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Trimble's TerraSync Software Puts GIS Data Management
on Your Pocket PC

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 27, 2000 --Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its TerraSyncTM software. The new software gives Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals the convenience of using their Pocket PC or preferred handheld device running Microsoft® Windows® CE with a Trimble Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to collect and update data in the field.

The announcement was made at ESRI's 20th International User Conference.

TerraSync software adds a new level of flexibility to GIS data collection and maintenance for the GIS professional. The user has full control over selecting the Pocket PC device that best suits their data collection needs, whether the primary consideration may be power, memory, price, ruggedness or screen size. In addition, the software operates with the user's choice of Trimble GPS receiver. the GPS Pathfinder® Pro XR or Pro XRS.

Trimble's TerraSync software is easy-to-use on any Windows CE device. Its graphical interface, user-friendly screens, status displays and touch screen interaction make it simple to record GPS positions, collect important attribute information and update the GIS data instantly. Relocating features is fast and easy using the system's real-time GPS capabilities, enhanced navigation screens and advanced map display. including background maps for the project area.

GIS professionals can take advantage of unlimited memory with Windows CE devices using a compact flash memory card, so they can carry and collect as much data as needed in the field. The user can also run other software applications on the same device.

In the office, TerraSync software is supported by Trimble. s GPS Pathfinder Office software, which provides tools for effective data management, processing and seamless interface to the GIS. The office software allows users to export field-collected data to the GIS and take information from their GIS back into the field for verification and update. TerraSync software supports two-way data flow with leading GIS software packages, including ArcView, Mapinfo, Microstation and many others.

About Trimble and GIS

Trimble pioneered the introduction and use of handheld field GPS/GIS data collection systems in 1987. Since then, GPS has become the premier tool for providing position information for managing urban, utility and natural resource GIS databases. In 1999, Trimble introduced the new concept of GPS/GIS data maintenance. This concept utilizes advanced GPS technology and innovative software, like TerraSync, to enable users to relocate, verify and update positions and attributes in the field. This ensures that the GIS contains the most up-to-date and accurate information necessary for meaningful decision making. 

Availability

Trimble's TerraSync software will be available mid July through the company's sales and dealer network. An evaluation copy of the software can be downloaded from the Trimble Web site at http://www.trimble.com/gis

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.

 
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LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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