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Trimble Adds New Innovative GPS System to Land Survey Toolbox

One Surveyor, One System, Many Configurations from One Company

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb 14, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the GPS Total Station® 5700 system, the latest addition to its innovative "Trimble ToolboxTM" of Integrated SurveyingTM solutions. With new patented technology, the GPS Total Station 5700 is the most advanced and versatile Global Positioning System (GPS) total surveying solution ever built by Trimble.
The GPS Total Station 5700 is an easy-to-use modular system. It provides surveyors with total flexibility, using different set-up configurations for all types of surveying; including control, measurement, design, stakeout and mapping-from concept to completion. The receiver can be configured with all the components and mounted on a lightweight range pole or worn with the belt pouch. The system can also be mounted on a tripod, vehicle, boat, ATV or placed in a backpack.
"The GPS Total Station 5700 is the latest GPS innovation from Trimble for land surveyors. It's part of our new Trimble Toolbox which includes the most advanced and integrated set of surveying tools available from one company," said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble's vice president of Survey, Infrastructure and Civil Engineering. "In today's competitive environment, surveyors require more flexible solutions to satisfy their changing needs and variety of jobs; and we've given them just what they asked for-one system for one surveyor with many configurations from one company."
Trimble's GPS Total Station 5700 - Innovations at a Glance
Trimble's GPS Total Station 5700 consists of four major components: the new 5700 GPS receiver with an integrated Real-time Kinematic (RTK) UHF radio modem; the new, high-performance ZephyrTM antenna; the Trimble TSC1TM controller running Trimble Survey ControllerTM software; and Trimble Geomatics OfficeTM software. In addition, the system can be complimented with the Terramodel® civil engineering design software, another component from the Trimble Toolbox.
At the heart of the system is an all-new, low-power GPS receiver built around Trimble's latest generation Maxwell 4 ASIC technology. The new chip provides higher speed, longer battery life, better satellite tracking and higher precision in extreme environments. The GPS receiver also includes an internal radio modem and the new extended Real-time Kinematic (eRTKTM) technology, which can cover areas up to four times larger than conventional RTK.
The GPS Total Station 5700 receiver is housed in an extremely rugged, space-age magnesium alloy case which is lighter than aluminum, yet 30% stronger. The receiver weighs less than 3 lbs. (1.4kgs.), including batteries for a full day's work, internal radio, radio antenna and internal charger.
Trimble's new GPS surveying system also breaks new ground with the Zephyr and Zephyr Geodetic antennas, both utilizing the patented Trimble 4-point antenna feed technology. The Zephyr Geodetic antenna features the patented Trimble StealthTM Ground Plane technology. This revolutionary design mitigates multipath signals using technology similar to that used by Stealth aircraft to hide from radar.
The Trimble Toolbox
As part of the Trimble Toolbox, the GPS Total Station 5700 system is compatible with Trimble's other GPS and conventional survey instruments.
Integrated Surveying
In addition, the surveyor can add a 360-degree prism and use the Trimble Survey Controller software to operate both the robotic and GPS total stations, for a truly one-person integrated surveying system.
The GPS Total Station 5700 system in now available through Trimble's Land Survey distribution network.
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 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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

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