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New RTK GPS Receivers from Trimble Represent
a New Era in GPS Surveying
Recognizing Ten-years of RTK GPS Surveying Trimble Ushers in the Future
with L2C Signal-Ready GPS Systems
HAMBURG, Germany, Sept. 17, 2003 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today ushered in a new era of GPS surveying technology with the introduction of its R8 and R7 RTK GPS receivers. Representing the special edition of Trimble's 5800 and 5700 RTK GPS receivers, the R8 and R7 receivers mark the ten-year anniversary of RTK GPS for surveying applications. The R8 and R7 feature Trimble's new R-track technology, which includes the capability of tracking the new Civil Signal (L2C) scheduled to be available on certain GPS satellites in 2004. These two new GPS receivers continue Trimble's tradition of providing surveyors and civil engineers with highly innovative solutions using state of the art technology.
The announcement was made today at Intergeo 2003, the largest European conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.
The addition of the new Civil Signal is expected to increase the signal strength of the L2 frequency. R-track technology will allow customers to benefit from this through improved tracking performance.
The R8 RTK GPS receiver features an integrated antenna that allows it to serve as a highly portable rover. The R7 features a separate receiver and antenna, providing users with flexibility that may be required by individual work sites. Ideal for geodetic control, topographic and cadastral surveys, high precision GIS, and stakeout applications, the R8 and R7 are Trimble's premier GPS survey receivers. Both units feature the durability and reliability for which Trimble is known worldwide.
"The introduction of the R8 and R7 enables Trimble customers to position themselves for the future, we are on the advent of a decade of significant satellite navigation developments. Starting in 2004 we will experience the beginning of GPS Modernization with the availability of a second civil signal (L2C), followed in the near future by the availability of a third civil signal (L5) and the initial deployment of the European Galileo navigation system," said Jrgen Kliem, division vice president of Surveying for Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Business. "We expect these new signals to bring significant benefits to users of high precision surveying systems, and our new R-track technology allows our customers to invest today in systems that are ready for the future."
Trimble has a history of pioneering advancements in GPS technology for precision application. The company introduced RTK technology to the survey industry 10 years ago. Today, with the introduction of the special edition R8 and R7 receivers, customers have the choice of the R8 and R7 or the 5800 and 5700 RTK GPS receivers. By offering a choice, customers can select the best system for their unique needs.
The R7 and R8 RTK GPS receivers are expected to be available in October 2003 through Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering dealer channel.
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Business
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Geomatics and Engineering 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.
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.
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