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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble and Systech to Integrate Fleet Management Solution and Dispatch
Software for Ready Mix Concrete Market

LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and Systech Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software for the concrete and aggregate market, announced today that they have signed an agreement to integrate Trimble's Internet-based fleet management solution with Systech's ready mix dispatch software. By seamlessly integrating these products, concrete producers will have access to the most advanced automated truck tracking and dispatch solution offered in the ready mix concrete industry for improved fleet operations.
 
The announcement was made at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2002, the largest trade show in the Western Hemisphere for the construction, aggregates and ready mixed concrete industries.
 
As part of the alliance, Trimble and Systech will collaborate to create a two-way interface that seamlessly connects Trimble's TelvisantTM Mobile Resource Management System with Systech's AdvantageTM Dispatch 8.0 software. The companies will also jointly market and distribute the integrated solution to the construction materials market.
 
"For the ready mix industry, this is a 'golden spike' event," explained John Rabchuk, president and CEO of Systech. "With GPS and Internet-based truck tracking technology seamlessly integrated with Windows-based ticketing and dispatch software, concrete producers now have a powerful new tool for driving significant new productivity into their fleet operations."
 
"Trimble provides the complete value-chain in mobile resource management including in-vehicle hardware, applications, services, support and industry standard integration interfaces," said Michael Lesyna, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division. "By aligning with Systech, a leading supplier of dispatch software for the concrete and aggregate market, we are providing concrete producers with the most complete and advanced fleet management solution to improve operations."
 
Telvisant Mobile Resource Management System is a complete solution that includes hardware, wireless connectivity, software and service. The platform allows fleet managers to use location-based services to improve productivity. The Telvisant platform is compatible with many dispatch and enterprise software products.
 
Systech's Advantage Dispatch 8.0 streamlines and accelerates the dispatching process for ready mix and aggregate truck fleets. The fully Windows® compliant software application enables operators to enter comprehensive orders in four or five clicks of the mouse. Screen, window, toolbar and column layouts can all be customized to fit each customer's operation. New innovations include dual-monitor support, pre-assignment of orders, and a dynamic time-of-day graph that helps dispatchers manage peak demand periods more efficiently.
 
To be efficient, ready mix concrete dispatchers must constantly check incoming customer orders against concrete production and delivery capacities. Historically, truck drivers have used radio, cell phones, or text messaging to send information to dispatchers. The problem: drivers must provide status updates manually, and do it consistently. Often the dispatcher receives incomplete or inaccurate information from the field.
 
Trimble's Telvisant Mobile Resource Management System solves this problem by using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and other sensors to automate the delivery cycle. Dispatcher's no longer need to depend on drivers for timely status information. Instead, they will receive automated information via the Internet which includes truck status when loading at the plant, leaving the plant, arriving at the job, starting the concrete pour, ending the concrete pour, washing the trucks, leaving the job, and arriving at the plant to complete the delivery cycle. Trimble's Telvisant system automates the entire process.
 
With the product integration, location information from Trimble's Telvisant system automatically drives Systech's software status information for the dispatchers, without driver intervention. To streamline the dispatcher's workflow, a job ticket is created by Systech's software and the information is used to automatically define the job site. The ticket is then sent to the driver on an in-vehicle display to proceed to the job site. As a result, the Systech dispatch software becomes fully automated for communicating with and managing the fleet.
 
About Systech
 
Systech, Inc. is revolutionizing the management of ready mix concrete and aggregate operations by developing fully integrated Windows®-based software systems that increase productivity, drive up profitability, and provide sales and technical support services cornerstoned by a partnership philosophy that puts the customer's needs first.
 
The Advantage SeriesTM includes modules for numerous functions, including: order entry, dispatch, scheduling, ticketing, bi-directional interfaces to leading computerized batch panels, interfaces to leading accounting systems, pricing, billing, accounts receivable, sales quotation, credit management and mix design. Systech is located in Darien, IL (a western suburb of Chicago, IL). Systech products are available throughout North and Central America.
 
For more information about Systech, visit
www.systech-inc.com.
 
About Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division
 
Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division offers complete solutions for location-based services (LBS) and mobile resource management (MRM). These solutions include location-aware mobile devices, software, Internet location-based services and wireless operator relationships. The division focuses on advanced wireless applications for fleet and workforce management, telematics, theft recovery and public safety.
 
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.
 
Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the ability to achieve market acceptance of product offerings from the strategic alliance. Among other things, economic trends and additional competitive issues may have an adverse effect on the results and growth of the strategic alliance. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.

 
For more Telvisant information.
 

Investor Relations:    Investor Relations of Trimble: 408-481-6914

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

Media Contact:    Wally Johnson of Systech Inc.: 630-515-0200 ext. 321



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