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Trimble Wins Order for 25,000 GPS Receivers from Digicore
Digicore Secures $22 Million Fleet Management Contract in South Africa Using Trimble GPS


SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 10, 2000 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Digicore Holdings Ltd., the leading fleet management supplier in South Africa, has placed an order for 25,000 Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. The Trimble GPS receivers will be used in Digicore's C-Track, a real-time fleet management system.

Digicore secured a five-year, $22 million contract to equip 19,000 Telkom Ltd. vehicles, South Africa's telecommunications authority, with its GPS-based C-Track system. The contract is believed to be one of the largest fleet management outsourcing projects in the world.

Digicore's C-Track system will be used to increase productivity and efficiency as well as enhance security of fleet operations.

Digicore received the contract from Debis Fleet Management, a company co-owned by Daimler-Chrysler and Kagiso Trust, who recently won the $750 million outsourcing contract to manage Telkom's vehicle fleet.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Trimble in this ground-breaking project," said Deon du Rand, director of Digicore. "With Trimble's record of supplying quality GPS receivers and technical support, we are assured of solid tracking performance from C-Track."

"Trimble is extremely pleased to be involved with one of the world's largest fleet management outsourcing projects with Digicore," said David Hall, vice president of Trimble's Mobile and Timing Technologies. "The five-year contract reinforces our reputation as a provider of quality GPS for fleet management applications. It also establishes a strong foothold for Trimble in the South African GPS market, an area with great potential for further development."

Digicore's C-Track fleet management system will use Trimble's LassenTM LP GPS module. The miniature receiver adds GPS location capability with minimal impact on a portable device's battery life. It enhances performance, yet dramatically reduces power consumption. By operating the fleet management system with the Lassen LP GPS module, Digicore can boast a high-tech subsystem that will provide speed, fuel consumption and brake exertion data as well as enable fleet operators to determine the vehicle's location anywhere in South Africa.

About Digicore Holdings

Digicore is a world leader in the design and supply of innovative products to the Transport Industry. Its C-Track and Co-Driver products are sold worldwide with the C-Track product range well established in Europe, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. Digicore in-house R/D and manufacturing expertise ensures its continued leadership in the Transport and mobile asset management industry. Digicore was founded 1985 and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. It has 18 branches in South Africa and employs more than 300 people.

Contact Digicore at:  info@digicore.co.za

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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