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Trimble Information Services and gedas Mexico to Develop New Telematics Service
Companies Launch Pilot Program in Mexico
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2001 - Trimble's (NASDAQ:TRMB) wholly-owned subsidiary Trimble Information Services, Inc. (TIS) and gedas Mexico, one of the leading system integrators in the field of information technology and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen, have signed an agreement to launch a pilot program to provide new telematics services in Mexico. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
With the telematics pilot program, motorists will have access to directions, points of interest, emergency services, restaurants and hotels, sports and entertainment and other concierge services. These services combine gedas' call center technology, TIS' wireless location gateway technology and Trimble's Global Positioning System (GPS)-based CrossCheck® mobile communicator to create a comprehensive telematics solution.
"gedas has a long history of working closely with automotive manufacturers to develop world-class telematics service solutions," said Michael Lesyna, vice president and general manager for Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division. "We are pleased that gedas chose Trimble technology for the pilot program and to help fulfill their future telematics vision. With nearly 100,000 Trimble mobile units in the field today, and our recent creation of Trimble Information Services, we are confident that gedas and Trimble will be a powerful force in the telematics space."
"Trimble has an impressive array of in-vehicle device technologies and Internet services infrastructure," said Jaime Flores, vice president of gedas Mexico. "Trimble is the ideal partner for gedas to create the next generation telematics services. Most importantly, with Trimble and gedas working together, we are able to enter the Mexican telematics market almost immediately."
Trimble and gedas are testing the first 100 vehicles outfitted for telematics service at gedas's headquarters in Puebla, Mexico. Call center services are being provided by gedas Mexico.
Already, the value of the gedas service and Trimble's CrossCheck was demonstrated when one of the equipped vehicles was involved in an accident on the main highway between Puebla and Mexico City. The vehicle's operator pressed the emergency button and was quickly assisted by the gedas call center staff who dispatched emergency services.
gedas is one of the largest German system integrators in the field of information technology. The gedas Group has its headquarters in Berlin and encompasses 16 affiliated companies, of which 12 are outside of Germany. The wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG develops individual sector solutions for industry, trade and logistics and for the public sector. In the year 2000, gedas generated global revenues of EUR 493 million, an increase of 49 per cent compared with the previous year's EUR 331 million. At present, more than 4,200 employees are working for the information service provider at 50 locations across the world.
About Trimble Information Services
Trimble Information Services connects location-enabled mobile devices to the Internet through multiple wireless networks. Users of the platform application services only require a standard web browser, PC computer, and an Internet connection to run applications. Internet applications that are currently available include 'mapping' to locate mobile workers and vehicles, 'messaging' to communicate with mobile workers, 'work order management' to take customer orders and communicate those orders to mobile workers, and 'reporting' to determine business productivity, compliance and customer service levels.
Trimble Information Services is located in Chandler, Arizona.
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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