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Trimble Makes Parallel Swathing for Agriculture EZ and Economical
LAFAYETTE, In., Sept. 25, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its AgGPS® EZ-GuideTM 110, a low-cost, easy-to-use parallel swathing system that uses the Company's Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to help operators guide farm equipment in precise rows. The system allows farmers to increase productivity and profitability through more efficient utilization of agriculture vehicles, extended working hours and reduced costs.
The announcement was made today at the Farm Progress Show 2001.
The EZ-Guide 110 Parallel Swathing system provides farmers with guidance information for driving precise rows during field preparation, planting, and agricultural product applications. The system reduces application material costs by enabling drivers to apply material right the first time, eliminating skips and overlaps, lowering the cost per acre.
"With the introduction of EZ-Guide, advanced GPS technology is now more affordable for the farmer. It provides high-accuracy GPS technology in an economical, easy-to-use package," said Erik Arvesen, market segment manager for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "With more than 15,000 Trimble agricultural systems sold worldwide, the EZ-Guide system is the result of the Company's years of experience in both high-quality GPS equipment and the guidance arena for agriculture."
The EZ-Guide system includes a GPS smart antenna - a high-performance GPS receiver contained in a rugged antenna - a lightbar and remote keypad that can be mounted anywhere in the cab. EZ-Guide is fully upgradable to grow with the user, including as-applied mapping, soil sampling, flow control or variable-rate management. The AgGPS 110 receiver can also act as a sensor for any application that requires GPS positions, such as yield monitoring.
EZ-Guide saves time and money. Unlike foam markers, EZ-Guide reduces driver fatigue, eliminates guess rows and works under any condition - day or night, dust or fog, wind or rain - allowing farmers to extend operating hours for spraying, lime and fertilizer application, tilling, and planting.
The EZ-Guide system's LED directional lightbar indicates which way to turn in order to stay on track. And its end-zone LED and audible alarm warns the operator of spray boundaries, allowing users to precisely control how and where is material is applied. EZ-Guide also supports odd-shaped fields by defining a custom headland zone.
The AgGPS EZ-Guide 110 Parallel Swathing system is available for $3,750 through Trimble's agriculture dealer network.
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.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808