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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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  NEWS RELEASE

 

Trimble Adds Geocaching Application to its Trimble Outdoors Family
of GPS-On-Cellular Applications

Geocache Navigator Provides an Instant, Family-Oriented, High-Tech Hide and Seek
Treasure Hunt at Your Fingertips
 

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2006 Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced the availability of its Geocache Navigator™ application, extending its Trimble Outdoors™ family of GPS-on-cellular applications. The unique Geocache Navigator application enables a diverse group of geocachers including enthusiasts, first-time users and families to embark on an outdoor hide and seek adventure with the convenience, security and cost-effectiveness of their GPS-enabled mobile phones. The product is supported with a new Web site at www.GeocacheNavigator.com.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is rapidly gaining widespread adoption with adventure seekers and families worldwide. Through a strategic collaboration with Seattle, Wash.-based Groundspeak®, Geocache Navigator users are seamlessly connected to the largest geocaching database in the world, with immediate access to over 200,000 caches across the U.S.  Geocache Navigator is the only GPS-on-cellular service and product combination that offers the breadth of coverage sophisticated enough for the most advanced geocacher and simple enough for the novice user.

"Geocaching is a high-tech game of seeking hidden treasures around the world with the use of a GPS-enabled device. The game previously required several time-consuming steps, such as downloading information from the Web, uploading coordinates, manually updating cache finds and tethering an expensive GPS device," said Larry Fox, business development manager, Trimble Outdoors. "Together with Groundspeak's global database, Trimbles Geocache Navigator offers the same high-tech treasure hunt, but with the added convenience and cost-effectiveness of automatically navigating and managing the geocaching experience from a GPS-enabled cell phone."

With the Geocache Navigator application, users have instant access to hundreds of thousands of caches nationwide. Leveraging Groundspeak's geocaching.com database, users can query and log caches anywhere in the U.S. From a GPS-enabled phone, treasure hunters seek caches using a uniquely constructed, radar-like interface that provides a clear perspective of the cache location with respect to the user. Additionally, screens on the cell phone provide standard compass, speed, heading, location, cache description, hints and other useful information for both the beginner and the expert geocacher. 
  
"In this high-tech game of hide and seek, Trimble Outdoors and Groundspeak provide enthusiasts with a powerful and ultra-portable tool for geocaching anytime, and practically anywhere," said Jeremy Irish, president, Groundspeak. "Whether touring around the U.S. or at the local dog park with their family, Geocache Navigator enables users to enhance their active outdoor experiences with the flexibility and convenience of geocaching with their cell phones."

The Geocache Navigator application is the third GPS-on-cellular service offered through the Trimble Outdoors family of products. By integrating wireless communication technologies with intuitive GPS interfaces and Web databases, Trimble Outdoors applications support a diverse group of consumers; offering a wide variety of applications from fitness management, to off-road navigation and now geocaching options. 

Availability

The Geocache Navigator application is currently available through Sprint (NYSE:S) and Nextel on approximately 20 GPS-enabled mobile phones for $6.99 per month.

About Trimble Outdoors

Trimble Outdoors is a family of GPS-on-cellular applications for consumers.

With Trimble Outdoors, consumers can use their GPS-enabled cell phones to navigate trails and highways, track workout performance, and create, manage and share those experiences with others.

By leveraging Trimble's 27 years of commercial expertise in GPS, software, and communications, Trimble Outdoors delivers cost-effective and convenient position-based services that promote consumers' well-being, security and active lifestyle.

For more information about Trimble Outdoors, visit www.TrimbleOutdoors.com.

For more information about the Geocache Navigator application, visit www.GeocacheNavigator.com.

About Groundspeak

Groundspeak Inc. creates the toolset for building location-based adventures in the real world using a unique combination of technology and the Internet.  Groundspeak owns and operates Geocaching.com - the global headquarters for the sport of geocaching.  Groundspeak also owns Waymarking.com an online catalog of unique and interesting locations around the world.  Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Seattle, WA, Groundspeak is a leading innovator in location based entertainment.   

For more information, visit: www.groundspeak.com.

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. For more information, visit:  www.trimble.com.


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


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



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