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Trimble Introduces Handheld Receiver for Contractors

Innovative and Rugged Spectra Precision Laser HR500 Receiver Provides
Accurate Elevations Across the Construction Site

LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the new innovative Spectra Precision Laser HR500 laser receiver. Designed for use by general, concrete and site prep contractors the HR500 is an easy to use tool for the accurate measurement of elevations across the construction site.
The announcement was made today at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2002, the industry's largest trade show for the construction, aggregates and ready mixed concrete industries.
The HR500 is a versatile laser receiver designed for use in the harshest conditions on the construction site with a rugged, waterproof, lightweight magnesium housing capable of withstanding drops of up to 10-foot on concrete. The receiver can be used as either a handheld or rod mounted receiver for a wide range of applications, including measuring cut and fill, leveling forms and footers, setting grade and measuring elevation changes.
"As the original manufacturer of electronically leveled construction lasers, Trimble is committed to providing our customers with safe and dependable tools for dealing with the jobsite challenges they face on a daily basis," said Pat Bohle, division vice president of Construction Instruments for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "The versatile and rugged HR500 receiver is our newest addition to the Spectra Precision Laser range of easy to use, dependable construction lasers."
The receiver is easy to use and features a 15-channel linear display that does not require the operator to be 'on-grade' to measure, as the high and low indicators allow the offset to the on-grade position to be directly measured. Moving outside of the receiver pickup area, the lost beam direction indication allows contractors to quickly recover the on grade position. These features make the receiver quick and easy to use.
The HR500 is visible across the jobsite. The bright red and green LED elevation indicators ensure high visibility in poor light, at a distance and at an angle. The dual sided receiver provides the ability to receive beams from multiple directions, allowing the operator to control and view the receiver from convenient locations.
The Spectra Precision Laser HR500 is available now through Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division
The combination of Trimble and Spectra Precision, the world leaders in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction Division of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of machine control, surveying, and construction instruments. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
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.
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