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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble Introduces TrimPix Technology for Digital Cameras

Links High Resolution Digital Photos to GIS Features


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2006 Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced it has added TrimPix™ technology to its Mapping & Geographic Information System (GIS) handheld product line. TrimPix technology makes it easy to link high-resolution digital photographs to GIS features using selected Nikon cameras.

TrimPix technology is being showcased at Trimble Dimensions Users Conference in Las Vegas and the European Conference for ESRI Users in Athens, Greece.

Based on Connected Photography™ by FotoNation®, TrimPix technology enables Trimble® GeoExplorer® 2005 series of GPS handhelds and Trimble Recon® and Ranger™ field computers running Microsoft® Windows Mobile® version 5.0 software to seamlessly and wirelessly connect to a digital camera. FotoNation is a leader of digital imaging connectivity software solutions.

Using the handheld devices built-in wireless LAN (WiFi), TrimPix technology makes it possible for Trimble users to connect to and receive images from selected WiFi-capable Nikon digital cameras. Those include the affordable COOLPIX range of cameras—COOLPIX P1, P2, P3, S6, and S7c.

As each photo is taken, the Nikon camera quickly and automatically transfers the digital image to the Trimble handheld GPS receiver or handheld field computer wirelessly. Once the photo has been transferred, it can then be linked to GIS feature and location data in the handheld device.

"The new TrimPix technology provides Trimble's GIS data collection customers with a more productive and flexible workflow," said Doug Merrill, general manager for Trimble's Mapping & GIS Division. "Not only can customers select the Nikon camera model that best meets their requirements and budget, but they can be sure of collecting high-quality digital images to complement their GIS quickly and easily."

"Through the development of our Connected Photography technology, FotoNation has been on the forefront of wireless connectivity bridging digital cameras to computers, printers and other devices," said Eran Steinberg, CEO of FotoNation. "Trimble's integration of digital images with GIS data is a powerful convergence for field data collection."

Trimble customers with the GeoExplorer 2005 series GPS handhelds and Trimble Recon and Ranger field computers running Windows Mobile version 5.0 software can download the TrimPix software free of charge from the Trimble Website at www.trimble.com/trimpix.asp.

In addition, Trimble is offering an introductory promotion. Until December 15, 2006, customers who purchase a Trimble GeoExplorer 2005 series handheld can receive a cash rebate from Trimble when they also purchase a selected Nikon digital camera. Customers must present the camera proof-of-purchase to their local Trimble Reseller to receive the rebate. To find a local Trimble Reseller and obtain more information on this special promotion visit:  www.trimble.com/locator/locator.aspx.

About FotoNation
 
FotoNation is a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging and communication solutions for the digital camera industry. The company's extensive portfolio of patented innovations includes in-camera red-eye removal technology, wireless connectivity, and face-recognition software. Over 50 million digital cameras have been shipped with licensed FotoNation Red-Eye detection and correction technology. FotoNation develops innovative solutions, patents, and products to enhance, extend, and simplify the picture taking and sharing experience. Clients include AOL, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Microsoft, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony, among others.
 
FotoNation has won numerous awards, including the DIMA 2006 Innovative Product Award and the prestigious 2006 European IST award for its Red-Eye Detection and Correction Technology. The company makes important industry-wide contributions to the advancement of digital imaging. In 2005, FotoNation authored the industry-adopted PTP-IP Specification, which is the basis of the international camera connectivity CIPA-005/2005 standard.

About Trimble

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, agriculture, machine guidance, fleet and asset management, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,400 employees in more than 18 countries worldwide.


 
Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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