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  NEWS RELEASE

 
ESRI to Resell Trimble's GeoExplorer CE Series

Rugged, Field-Ready Handheld with Integrated GPS Will Feature ESRI's ArcPad

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDLANDS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2002 - Building on the companies' strategic alliance to develop mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and ESRI, the world leader in GIS technology, announced today that ESRI will begin reselling Trimble's GeoExplorer® CE series with its ArcPad 6.0 mobile GIS software. The GeoExplorer CE series is the world's first Windows CE device with an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.
 
The GeoExplorer CE series is a rugged, portable and powerful handheld device. Featuring ESRI's ArcPad 6.0 mobile solution GIS software and Trimble's GPScorrectTM software extension, the GeoExplorer CE sets a new standard for field mapping and mobile GIS applications.
 
"Together with ESRI, we have been able to develop a complete mobile GIS solution," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "The GeoExplorer CE's rugged design creates a durable GPS platform for enabling GIS activities in the field. It creates the capability to access your GIS and to use the information in the field."
 
In early 2002, Trimble was selected to participate in ESRI's Corporate Alliance Program. In February 2002, Trimble and ESRI announced the formation of a strategic alliance to develop Mobile GIS solutions. Mobile GIS addresses the needs of field inspectors, maintenance teams, utility crews, emergency repair workers, and other field workers who require timely access to GIS data in the field. Mobile GIS integrates GPS technology, GIS software, and portable, rugged field-ready hardware. To facilitate the exchange of information to and from the field, these innovative solutions leverage advances in wireless technology and the Internet. With mobile GIS, databases become directly available to field-based personnel whenever and wherever information is needed.
 
"For a growing number of our users, their work constantly takes them out in the field," said ESRI President Jack Dangermond. "What they need is the GIS and GPS tools integrated into a handheld device that can take a beating. Up on a telephone pole, at the edge of a forest fire, in a water treatment facility, the back of a tractor - these are not the places for laptops. Trimble's GeoExplorer CE series takes the GIS out into the field where many of our users need it."
 
GeoExplorer CE Series
 
Trimble's GeoExplorer CE series combines the power of Microsoft's Windows CE platform and a high-performance GPS receiver with integrated Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability in a lightweight, rugged handheld CE device. Windows CE connectivity gives the advantage of e-mail, Web browsing and access to Web map servers-all from the field.
 
Users can select model that best suits their needs. For example, the GeoXMTM provides 2-5 meter accuracy and integrates, reliable real-time corrected GPS into a mobile GIS handheld so databases become directly available to field-based personnel whenever and wherever geographic information in needed.
 
The GeoXTTM offers all the features of the GeoXM, plus a sub-meter receiver and Trimble's EVERESTTM multipath rejection technology. This model is ideal for working in difficult environments such as under canopy, in urban canyons, or anywhere high accuracy data collection and maintenance is required.
 
For more information on the GeoExplorer CE series visit Trimble's Website at:
http://www.trimble.com/geoexplorerce.html or ESRI's Web site at: http://www.esri.com/partners/hardware/hw_promo.html
 
About ESRI
 
For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,200 business partners. ESRI's goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the Web at
http://www.esri.com.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 
Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the ability to achieve market acceptance of product offerings from the strategic alliance. Among other things, economic trends and additional competitive issues may have an adverse effect on the results and growth of the product offering. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
 

Investor Relations:   Investor Relations of Trimble: 408-481-6914

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

Media Contact:   Jim Rich of ESRI: 909-793-2853 ext.1-2189



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