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Trimble VRS Now Service Launched in Ireland for High-Precision GPS Positioning
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2007 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the launch of Trimble® VRS Now™ Service in Ireland. The commercial service provides surveyors, civil engineers and geospatial professionals with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) Global Positioning System (GPS) corrections without the need for a base station.
Using data from Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI), the Trimble service delivers centimeter-level RTK positioning customized for each GPS receiver's location anywhere in the network. The Trimble VRS Now Service supplies fast and accurate GPS positioning for a variety of applications including surveying, urban planning, urban and rural construction, environmental monitoring, resource and territory management, disaster prevention and relief, and scientific research.
Service to Ireland is a continuation of Trimble?s focus on simplifying access to high precision corrections around the world. Similar services are operating across Germany, Great Britain and also in Colorado, U.S. The systems have been developed for easy use by a wide range of users. Rigorous testing for reliability and accuracy ensure high-quality performance on an ongoing basis.
"We are pleased that Trimble VRS Now enables us to address the market demand for precision corrections," said Jürgen Kliem, general manager for Trimble's Survey Division. "Our success in Great Britain allowed us to expand into Ireland with the same level of service and data quality that users have come to expect from Trimble."
Trimble VRS Now provides service to subscribers, utilizing a network of reference stations across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Users connect into the system using a wireless connection; the software acknowledges the users' field positions and provides a stream of corrections data that enable centimeter accuracy throughout the network.
Trimble VRS Now represents a major advance in precision surveying productivity. No longer dependant on a field base station, precision GPS surveys can be up and running in minutes. And without the need for base station hardware, the user's GPS receivers can now work independently as rovers—saving time and money.
A subscription to Trimble VRS Now, a GPS rover, and mobile phone is all a user needs to begin surveying or collecting data with Trimble precision. Surveyors and other users can switch on their receiver and real-time corrections will be available in seconds. In most cases, no further GPS investment is necessary. Trimble VRS Now works with many GPS and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) survey instruments from a variety of manufacturers.
For more information visit: www.trimble.com/VRSNow.shtml.
The Connected Site
Trimble's Connected Site model creates seamless working relationships among all Trimble products, technologies and services through support, infrastructure and partnerships. Taking Integrated Surveying™ to the next level, the Connected Site enables surveyors to choose from a broad range of options; including surveying techniques, communications channels and facilitating services such as GPS infrastructure in one fully-integrated and interoperable surveying solution. Surveyors benefit from complete data compatibility with all Trimble field and office software; increased flexibility in employing the best tools and techniques for the job at hand; the adaptation of specialized technologies to fit the ideal workflow of surveyors; and the localization of surveying solutions to address specific market needs throughout the world.
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction 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 changes the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction 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 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 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.
For more information visit: www.trimble.com
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual events and results may differ materially from those described in this press release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the launch date and commercial availability of Trimble VRS Now service in Ireland; continued access to OSi and OSNI data on commercially acceptable terms; interoperability of the service with third party instruments; and the general reliability, accuracy and performance and market acceptance of the service. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimble?s business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.
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