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Trimble Wins China's Ministry of Railway Contract for
GPS Surveying Equipment

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 30, 2000 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Chinese Ministry of Railway to provide 40 Global Positioning System (GPS) survey systems. The GPS Total Station® 4700 systems will be used to construct a new 400 mile railway from Gui Yang to Lou Di in the Gui Zhou providence of China.
"The construction market is a strategic business focus for the company," said Ron Hyatt, Trimble's vice president of the Precision Positioning Group. "We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the Chinese Ministry of Railway contract. The win reinforces our leadership as well as our commitment to the construction industry and the Asian market."
Trimble will supply its GPS Total Station 4700 survey system. It is a modular system designed to allow surveyors total flexibility for different set-up configurations that may require a separate GPS receiver and antenna. The system is ideal for both surveying and staking out the railway construction project.
Using the 4700 system, the construction surveyors working on the new railway can very quickly and accurately survey the site. The 4700 receiver utilizes the latest in Trimble dual-frequency, real-time technology. Construction surveyors can get centimeter accuracy and receive position updates five times per second while moving. Data is then downloaded to the Trimble Geomatics OfficeTM software for processing and transfer to the design package. Once the final design is complete, the surveyors can use the GPS Total Station 4700 systems for fast stakeout-allowing the earthmoving and construction to begin.
Trimble's GPS Total Station 4700 incorporates four major components: the 4700 GPS receiver with an integrated radio modem, separate GPS and radio antennae, the rugged TSC1TM data collector with Trimble Survey ControllerTM software, and the easy-to-use Trimble Geomatics OfficeTM processing software.
About Trimble
Founded in 1978, Trimble is a recognized worldwide leader in the development of innovative Global Positioning System (GPS) technology-based products for a wide range of applications. Today, these advanced solutions combine GPS with wireless communications and sophisticated software to meet demanding applications in environments ranging from agriculture and construction to asset management, automotive and timing. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble provides end-users and OEMs with leading edge solutions backed by global leadership in patents, exceptional experience and a reputation for excellence.
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