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Trimble VRS Now Service Launched in Florida for High Precision GNSS Positioning

Simply Connect, Correct and Measure


SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 15, 2008 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that it has launched Trimble® VRS Now™ service in the state of Florida. The commercial subscription service will provide surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial measurement professionals with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning and high-accuracy Differential GPS (DGPS) corrections without the need for a field base station.

The service will deliver centimeter-level RTK and Differential GNSS (DGNSS) positioning customized for each Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) rover receiver's exact location anywhere in the network. The Trimble VRS Now service supplies fast, easy to use and accurate GNSS positioning for a variety of applications including surveying, urban planning, construction, asset management, transportation, environmental monitoring, resource and territory management, disaster prevention and relief, weather services and scientific research.

A subscription to the Trimble VRS Now service and a GNSS rover is all a user needs to begin surveying or collecting data with precision anywhere within the network. Surveyors and other users can switch on their receiver and real-time corrections are available in seconds. Trimble VRS Now works with nearly all GPS and GNSS survey instruments from a variety of manufacturers.

In addition to standard cell phone connection to the network, service in the Tampa-Orlando area also includes an innovative and powerful radio broadcast option. The low-band radio option provides further assurance to users, even in areas where cellular signals are limited or simply not available.

"Our Florida network is the latest network service implementation in a series of commercial GNSS Infrastructure networks from Trimble. Through increased productivity and lower project costs, Trimble VRS Now provides real business value to the local community," said Pierre Desjardins, business manager for Trimble's GNSS Infrastructure business area. "Our goal is to streamline the workflow of our surveying and positioning customers while increasing productivity."
 
The system in Florida includes a network of Trimble NetR5™ GNSS Reference Stations equipped to receive broad-spectrum GPS and GLONASS positioning signals to maximize field productivity. Network corrections are calculated using Trimble VRS™ technology, the most widely used network RTK solution worldwide. With an initial coverage of nearly 50 percent of Florida, the users can now connect into the network using a wireless connection—either cellular or Trimble proprietary low-band radio—for fast, easy access to precise network RTK and DGPS corrections in most populated area.

Trimble VRS Now represents a major advance in precision surveying and positioning productivity. No longer dependant on a field base station, precision GNSS surveys can be up and running in minutes. And without the need for base station hardware, the user's GNSS receivers can now work independently as rovers—saving time and money. Simply connect, correct and measure. 

For more information visit: www.trimble.com/VRSNow.shtml.

About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Business

Trimble, a world leader in GNSS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that change the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.

About Trimble

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 3,600 employees in over 18 countries.


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