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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble to Resell ESRI's ArcPad Software

Rugged, Field-Ready Handheld Devices Now Available with ESRI's Mobile GIS Software

 
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDLANDS, Calif., Dec. 10, 2003 -- Building on the companies' strategic alliance to offer complete mobile geographic information system (GIS) solutions, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and ESRI announced today that Trimble will begin reselling ESRI's ArcPad® mobile GIS software for use with its integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) handheld receivers and ultra rugged mobile GIS field computers.
 
Mobile GIS addresses the needs of field inspectors, maintenance teams, utility crews, emergency repair workers, and other field workers who require timely access to GIS data in the field. Mobile GIS integrates GPS technology, GIS software, and portable, rugged field-ready hardware. By leveraging advances in wireless technology and the Internet, mobile GIS enables field-based personnel to access databases whenever and wherever information is needed.
 
ArcPad is mobile mapping and GIS software that provides database access, mapping, GIS, and GPS integration to users in the field. Now available from Trimble for use with its GeoExplorer® CE series of GPS handheld receivers and the Recon™ field computer, ArcPad enables users to utilize ESRI's familiar interface on Trimble's rugged, powerful, and portable handheld devices.
 
Trimble's GeoExplorer CE series and Recon are extremely rugged handheld computers for enabling GIS in the field. By integrating ArcPad with Trimble's field devices, users can easily access their GIS for use when and where they need it. In addition, ArcPad is fully customizable, enabling users to determine their own functionality for in-field requirements, including custom forms and toolbars.
 
ESRI's ArcPad software is available now through Trimble's Authorized Mapping and GIS dealer network.
 
GeoExplorer CE Series
 
Trimble's GeoExplorer CE series are versatile, rugged GPS CE handhelds for the GIS professional. A GPS CE handheld combines the power of an open computing platform and a high performance Trimble GPS receiver with integrated Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities--all in a lightweight handheld.
 
Featuring advanced color display using Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology with 16 bit (65,536) color and a multi-stage backlight, the GeoExplorer CE series provides clear and crisp display of full color raster images and vector maps in all outdoor conditions. Additionally, 64 MB of RAM enables users to run GIS software programs faster with larger data sets, maps, and background imagery.
 
With the GeoExplorer CE series, the user can select the option that best suits their needs. The GeoXMTM provides 2-5 meter accuracy. It integrates reliable, real-time corrected GPS into a mobile GIS handheld so users can relocate assets with confidence and fulfill work orders more efficiently.
 
The GeoXTTM offers all of the features of the GeoXM, plus a submeter receiver and Trimble's unique EVEREST™ multipath rejection technology. The GeoXT is ideal for working in difficult environments such as under canopy, in urban canyons or anywhere high-accuracy data collection and maintenance is required.
 
About the Recon
 
The Recon is an ultra-rugged mobile computing device that runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs. It features an Intel XScale 400 MHz processor with 128 MB of storage, 64 MB of SDRAM, and a sunlight-readable, reflective color TFT display with rugged LED front lighting for indoor and low-light conditions. Two user-accessible CompactFlash® slots provide memory expansion capabilities.
 
An innovative modular design gives users the flexibility to easily customize their Recon to suit a variety of mobile applications. The PowerBoot ModuleTM integrates a 3800 mAh battery pack, industry-standard 9-pin serial and USB ports into a single user-replaceable component. The standard CF-CapTM is o-ring sealed to protect the CompactFlash slots, and it supports qualified memory and BluetoothTM cards. Modules that support other technologies-including wireless Local Area Network (LAN) and Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)-will be available in the future.
 
About ESRI
 
For more than 30 years, ESRI has been the leading developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI software is used in all 200 of the largest cities in the United States and in more than 60 percent of counties and municipalities nationwide. Headquartered in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,500 business partners. ESRI's goal is to develop comprehensive tools that enable users to efficiently manage, use, and serve geographic information to make a difference in the world around them. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services. ESRI can be found on the Web at www.esri.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, 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.
 
Copyright © 2003 ESRI. All rights reserved. ESRI, ArcGIS, ArcPad, and www.esri.com, are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.
 
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
 
Investor Relations Contact:   Karen Hurlbut of ESRI: 909-793-2853 ext. 1582



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