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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble Introduces Next Generation Guidance System for
Agriculture Aviators

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2000 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its next generation precision aerial guidance system for agriculture applications, the AgGPS® TrimFlight 3 system. The new system is specifically designed for professional agriculture aviators to increase productivity and efficiency by using Global Positioning System (GPS)-based guidance for aerial applications, mapping and recordkeeping.
The AgGPS TrimFlight 3 system is designed to withstand aircraft environmental extremes. The modular system integrates Trimble's AgGPS 132 FlightBarTM system (AgGPS 132 differential receiver and AgGPS 21 Lightbar) and the AgGPS 170 Field Computer running software developed for the aerial agriculture market. The system records all flight and application information directly onto a CompactFlash data card using the ESRI Shapefile format. Field boundaries, mapped features, coverage logging and track plots can be quickly transferred directly to a wide range of Geographic Information System (GIS) software where it easy to generate plots and reports.
Key benefits of Trimble's AgGPS TrimFlight 3 include:
  • Saves time and money by maximizing efficiency and minimizing overlaps and skips in aerial applications. This optimizes ground coverage and reduces fuel consumption and time spent on the job.
  • Reduces the needs for human flaggers or other markers.
  • Saves time by automating recordkeeping for each application.
  • Provides quality assurance for customers with as-applied maps.
  • Reduces environmental concerns by recording GPS and application coverage showing that material is being applied in the correct places.
The AgGPS TrimFlight 3 system is expected to be available in Feb. 2000 through Trimble's Precision Agricultural Systems Dealers.
About Trimble
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, construction, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 250 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 200 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.
Media Contact:    LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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