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Trimble Recon Handheld Computers Help Winnipeg Parking Authority
Improve Enforcement, Increase Revenue

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept, 12, 2006— Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced that the Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) is using the Trimble Recon® rugged handheld computer as part of a comprehensive parking management system. Equipped with T2 Flex software from T2 Systems, the Recon handheld computers give the WPA real-time wireless communications for writing electronic parking tickets, as well as integration with a central database.

Winnipeg issues about 160,000 parking citations every year. Previously, the tickets were hand-written in triplicate; one copy went to the vehicles owner, one was scanned into an image bank, and one had to be manually entered into a police database. Paper tickets were easily lost and once a citation went into the database, there was no way of finding a record without the citation number. So it was easy for violators to ignore tickets, and the WPA had a backlog of $5.5 million Canadian in unpaid parking fines.

With the Recon handheld computers and T2 Flex software, officers can look up information, write electronic tickets and upload the completed tickets immediately to the central database.

Integrating a wireless network into handheld ticket-writing technology allows our field officers to have the right information in front of them whenever they need it. We can now perform permit searches from the field, said David Hill, the WPAs Chief Operating Officer. Officers can also look up a vehicle to see the owners history of paid or unpaid tickets.

It allows us to be more lenient with good customers who have a history of paying their tickets, and concentrate more time on modifying the behaviors of frequent offenders, Hill said.

The improved parking enforcement system has also helped the WPA generate more revenue. After importing 81,000 unpaid citations into the T2 Flex database, the WPA sent out the first round of monthly statements. Hill said that within two weeks, the WPA had closed more than 4,000 of these outstanding accounts, bringing in $520,000 Canadian in backlog fines. The WPA will continue sending monthly statements until all fines have been paid.

About the Recon

The Recon rugged handheld computer is designed for all-day operation in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. It meets MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also has an IP67 rating, meaning its impervious to water and dust.

The Recons rugged construction makes it ideal for public safety, field service, utilities, military and other outdoor or service-related applications. It weighs just 17 ounces, and its rounded edges provide a comfortable grip. Large, widely spaced buttons are easy to use, and its reflective color TFT display is bright and clear in sunlight.

The Recon runs Windows Mobile® software and comes with a 200 or 400 MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB of SDRAM and 128 or 256 MB of nonvolatile Flash storage. It also features two CompactFlash slots, plus a standard 9-pin serial port and a high-speed USB port for connecting to a PC. The standard PowerBoot Module™ features a 15-hour rechargeable NiMH battery.

About T2 Systems

T2 Systems has been delivering proven parking software solutions since 1994. T2 Systems provides parking management software, hardware and consulting services for close to 300 organizations in the US, Canada and Australia including universities, cities, towns, hospitals and airports. T2 Systems is headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. and has virtual offices throughout the United States and Canada.

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, agriculture, machine guidance, fleet and asset management, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,400 employees in more than 18 countries worldwide.



Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838

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



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