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Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company to Bundle Products for the Utilities Market

Fully-rugged, Reliable Notebooks with External GPS Receivers to Enhance Field Operations

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SECAUCUS, N.J., Oct. 13, 2008 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions, and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today announced that they will provide utilities with a bundled offering specifically for utility field workers. The combination of the reliable Toughbook notebooks and Trimble® GPS Pathfinder® ProXT™ and ProXH™ Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers is an ideal asset management solution for mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) and CAD applications.

Mobile workforces locating buried assets, mapping telecom and broadband assets or managing pipeline integrity can rely on the fully-rugged Panasonic Toughbook laptops and Trimble's GPS Pathfinder ProXT and ProXH receivers to provide reliable positioning and asset feature information in the field. The fully-rugged Toughbook laptops offer maximum uptime in the field, withstand virtually any environmental challenges, accidental knocks and spills. Trimble's GPS receivers wirelessly link to notebooks through a Bluetooth connection. Compact, rugged, reliable and wireless, Panasonic and Trimble together offer an easy-to-use-and-set-up solution, which eliminates cables and tangles, allowing workers to move around the jobsite freely. 
 
"With Trimble's expertise in GPS and our industry-leading rugged notebooks, we have created the best-of-breed solution that meets the needs of the utilities' mobile workforce," said Thell Gillis, Sr. Manager Market Development, Workforce Automation, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "Bundling our products enables current and potential customers to enhance their competitive advantages and further automate their business processes through deploying reliable tools in the field."

"Bundling Panasonic's rugged notebooks and Trimble GPS creates a 'one-stop shop' for clients intending to use our company's respective products," said Chad Hall, Trimble's Business Partner Manager for Mapping and GIS. "Organizations now have an opportunity to tap into an end-to-end Mobile GIS solution specifically designed for the field worker."

The utility field worker bundle is available now through authorized Panasonic and Trimble Mapping and GIS dealers. For more information, email: utility_bundle@trimble.com.

About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook® line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin-and-light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Panasonic controls the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial users—from Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses—rely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained by calling 800-662-3537 or at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.

 About Trimble

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.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
Media Contact: Aida Causevic of Cohn & Wolfe for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company: 415-365-8537


 




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