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Trimble Introduces Scalable 5800 GPS Survey System
System Offers Surveyors Even Greater Flexibility While on the Job
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 13, 2008 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced a scalable Trimble® 5800 GPS System. The scalable solution adds greater flexibility and versatility for a variety of survey, construction, civil engineering, and asset management applications.
"An upgrade path is essential for growing businesses," said Dr. Lucinda Coombe, portfolio manager at Trimble. "While many users will start with L1-only, the scalability options mean that the investment can provide lasting value as business needs change."
The Trimble 5800 System combines a GPS receiver, antenna, UHF radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and power source into a single compact unit weighing approximately 1.21 kilograms (2.67 pounds). The Trimble 5800 can be configured as a GPS base or rover, making it versatile for the surveyor's project needs. As a rover, the cable-free GPS system is comprised of the lightweight pole, controller, holder, and batteries for a full day's work that weighs only 3.5 kilograms (7.8 pounds). The receiver has 2 MB of internal memory, making data collection easy and efficient in both static and RTK surveying modes. Environmentally rated to IP67 and submersible to a depth of 1 meter, the Trimble 5800 is rugged and can withstand a drop of up to 2 meters on to a hard surface.
The Trimble 5800 GPS system offers advanced Trimble GPS technology. It is a 24-channel dual-frequency GPS receiver, containing Trimble's field proven Maxwell™ technology for robust tracking in difficult GPS environments. Two additional channels for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and European Geostationary Overlay System (EGNOS) tracking allow surveyors to perform real-time differential surveys to Geographic Information System (GIS) grade without a base station.
The dual-frequency Trimble antenna enhances the tracking capabilities of the Trimble 5800—the patented four-point antenna feed provides sub-millimeter phase center stability for precise results. The position of the UHF radio antenna mounting further increases accuracy by being out of the GPS line-of-sight, reducing multipath and avoiding interference with the GPS antenna.
For rover communications, surveyors can use the built-in 450 MHz radio, or use an external radio, cell phone or wireless packet data modem. For base communications, they can select a radio from Trimble's range of communication products.
For extended coverage and comprehensive error checking when roving, the Trimble 5800 system works with signals from multiple base stations transmitting on the same radio channel. For even larger area coverage, at highest accuracies, the Trimble 5800 works with Trimble VRS™ networks.
The scalable 5800 GPS System is available now from Trimble's survey distribution network.
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.