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Trimble Maps Out the Future for Ordnance Survey in Great Britain

Trimble Provides GPS Mapping Systems


SUNNYVLE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2000 --Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that the Company has supplied Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping systems to Ordnance Survey, Britain's National Mapping Agency. Trimble's GPS Pathfinder® Pro XRS systems are being used for Ordnance Survey's Digital Map Revision Project.

Trimble secured the contract after rigorous field trials, including a 12-hour accuracy test comparing systems from several manufacturers. A compelling consideration for Ordnance Survey selection was Trimble's unique "choice technology", utilized in the GPS Pathfinder Pro XRS system. This technology offers Ordnance Survey the freedom to select between a range of Differential GPS (DGPS) services for optimal performance.

The 10 mapping systems supplied by Trimble are already being used for ongoing map revision work and in-field digital updating of 1:2500 and 1:10,000 scale maps throughout Great Britain. Ian Wilson, Ordnance Survey's chief surveyor, Geodetic Surveys and Computations said, "The Trimble Pro XRS systems have been very well received and are now making a significant contribution to our revision process."

"Trimble is pleased to have been selected by Ordnance Survey to supply GPS systems for the Digital Map Revision Project. The quality of mapping in the United Kingdom has always been of the highest standard," said Paul Manson, Trimble's European marketing manager. "Using DGPS technology, Ordnance Survey will ensure the continuation of this tradition as they move mapping into the 21st century. In addition to offering quality products, Trimble's UK-based team represents the highest concentration of GPS expertise anywhere in Europe to provide superior levels of product training, support and service."

Trimble's GPS Pathfinder Pro XRS System

The GPS Pathfinder Pro XRS is an easy-to-use Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection and maintenance system that provides real-time submeter accuracy. The system is used

in a wide range of applications, including digital mapping, utility asset management, environmental monitoring, scientific research, hazardous waste clean-up, municipal asset management and natural resource management. Feature and attribute data are input with either Trimble's Asset Surveyor® software running on the TSC1TM data collector or Trimble's TerraSyncTM software using a Pocket PC or preferred handheld running Microsoft® Windows® CE. The GPS Pathfinder Pro XRS system provide two-way data flow between the field and GIS, facilitating data collection and maintenance processes to ensure that the users always have current data for better decision making.

The GPS Pathfinder Pro XRS system combines a GPS receiver, beacon differential receiver and a satellite differential receiver in one compact unit. It provides unsurpassed flexibility in choosing a DGPS correction source.

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 markets 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 innovation, exceptional experience and in depth applications knowledge as well as a reputation for excellence.

With its acquisition of Spectra Precision, a leading provider of construction lasers, machine control systems, optical surveying instruments and related software, Trimble now broadens its portfolio of positioning solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C) and agriculture markets.

  Media Contact:    LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808




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