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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Nextel and Trimble Join Forces to Deliver the Power of Wireless Mobility to the Construction Industry

Real-Time Technology Connects Construction Managers to Sites, Reducing Operating Cost and Improving Efficiency

 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., and RESTON, Va. - July 20, 2005 -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) today announced the availability of
Trimble® Construction Manager, a wireless solution that utilizes Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to deliver construction professionals a two-pronged solution: 1) to locate and manage assets at construction sites via Nextel handheld phones, and 2) in-vehicle devices to optimize asset utilization and productivity of mobile assets. The solution effectively connects the office to the job site and is designed to reduce operating costs and improve construction efficiency.
 
The service available on Nextel handsets uses Nextel's iDEN network to deliver information to workers on job sites, such as the location of assets and employees, allowing them to locate and navigate to the assets needed to complete projects. In addition, job sites boundaries, or "geo-fences", can be sent to the phone, allowing the solution to record site entry and exit events so site managers are notified if a worker enters a hazardous or un-safe zone. Users can also download maps and site designs to their Nextel wireless phone and view their current location superimposed on the design. This enables workers to perform reconnaissance activities such as inspecting terrain and visualizing how the site will be prepared. Trimble Construction is available on the ruggedized i605, the i710, i730, i733, i736, i830, i833 and the i860 digital camera phone.
 
The in-vehicle component is an ideal tool to improve asset utilization by identifying onsite bottle necks, reduce unnecessary fuel costs by measuring vehicle idle times and improve employee safety by monitoring driving speeds. Asset utilization data can also be used to improve maintenance scheduling and in turn deliver faster service to customers and prolong the life of the asset.
 
"Trimble is excited to work with Nextel and address the needs of the construction industry. By teaming with a preferred cellular communications provider we can broaden our product portfolio of engineering and construction solutions to provide innovative, valued-added tools that improve the efficiency of construction site operations," said Michael Ritter, general manager of Trimble's construction services division.
 
Trimble Construction Manager uses one interface for both the handheld and in-vehicle components, which allows construction managers to manage all their assets from one software interface, regardless of how many construction sites, assets or employees are enabled with the solution. Construction managers can produce reports on asset utilization and activity to fit the business needs of each construction company, such as generating a vehicle activity summary showing which sites were visited, when they arrived at each location and stops made along the way. In addition, some reports automate processes that have previously required manual recording of data, such as recording the mileage traveled in each state by each vehicle for state road tax purposes.
 
A variety of map views, including high-resolution color imagery and street maps, provide different representations of the site, helping with site visualization and decision-making.
 
"Nextel is committed to providing the construction industry with the tools and services they need to manage day-to-day activities that reduce operating costs and improve on-site efficiency," said Carolyn Rehling, vice president of construction and field services for Nextel. "Location based services are literally transforming the way the industry does business and Nextel leads the way in delivering these cutting-edge solutions to help the construction industry manage day-to-day activities."
 
About Nextel
 
Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500® companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 263 million people live or work.
 
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. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in this news release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the launch of the Trimble Construction product and degree of customer acceptance, the operation of the product and the efforts of Trimble and Nextel in marketing, distributing and servicing the product. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimble's business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-6914

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

Media Contact:   Cheryl Hawkins of Nextel Communications: 703-433-4276



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