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Trimble Introduces New RTS555 WLAN Robotic Total Station
as Part of New Total Station Portfolio for Concrete Contractors

Concrete and General Contractors Have More Flexibility and Productivity When Performing Layout

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 4, 2009 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced a new portfolio of total stations—the Trimble® RTS555, RTS655, and RTS633 Robotic Total Stations for construction layout applications. Used with the Trimble LM80 Layout Manager, the new total stations offer a wide variety of accuracies, distance, and operational ranges to meet the specific needs of general and specialty contractors involved with building construction. Contractors can perform layout tasks more efficiently than with conventional methods or mechanical total stations, resulting in increased productivity.

The announcement was made today at World of Concrete, the concrete industry's annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.

New WLAN-based Trimble RTS555 Robotic Total Station

The new Trimble RTS555 Robotic Total Station utilizes Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology to create a wireless link between the controller and robotic total station to increase layout convenience and productivity in the field. The new wireless solution reduces the number of components needed, such as the external radio, battery and cable when used with the wireless Trimble LM80 Layout Manger, minimizing the weight and complexity of the system while providing a more ergonomic and convenient layout solution.

Trimble RTS655 and RTS633 Robotic Total Stations

For contractors requiring longer range and higher accuracy, Trimble offers the new RTS655 and RTS633 Robotic Total Stations. With robotic radio range of up to 700 meters, superior prism tracking, and high accuracy EDM performance, these total stations are capable of handling the largest commercial layout jobs.  Additionally, the rugged RTS portfolio of Robotic Total Stations are built to withstand tough jobsite conditions, minimizing downtime due to repair.

Construction-specific functionality in the Trimble LM80 Layout Manager allows general and concrete contractors to perform jobsite layout and measurement tasks for maximum flexibility and cost savings. With the release of these new robotic total stations, Trimble is also introducing version 4.5 of the LM80 field software that supports the RTS555 WLAN capabilities and introduces CAD layer support. New layering support further enhances the capability of handing Building Information Models (BIM) and digital CAD data in the field.

Trimble Construction Positioning Solutions allow contractors to carry, manage, work with and layout the jobsite blueprint, regardless of the method and instrumentation used in a variety of commercial and residential building applications, including:

  • Layout control points on or offset to construction lines
  • Check or tie into property boundaries
  • Layout excavation lines
  • Layout of concrete forms and anchor bolts
  • As-built checks
  • Layout control lines on concrete pad for subcontractor use
  • Light topographical measurements for cut/fill balance

The new Robotic Total Stations are expected to be available in February 2009 through Trimble's worldwide construction dealer channel.

About Trimble's Construction Business

The Construction business of Trimble is focused on developing technology and solutions for general, underground, interior, earthmoving and site preparation construction contractors. Trimbleďż˝s construction solutions help to get the job done faster, with less machine time and personnel. For each phase of the construction cycle—designing, grading, site checking, building and asset tracking—Trimble has a broad portfolio of integrated construction positioning systems designed to improve productivity.

About Trimble

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, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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