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Trimble Expands the TTS Optical Survey Family

Offering More Choices to Surveyors and Engineers

HANNOVER, Germany, Sept. 1, 1999 -- Continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the land survey industry, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today an addition to its TTS™ Optical Survey Familythe TTS 300, a 3-second optical survey instrument. The company also introduced the TTS version 1.30 firmware for the TTS Optical Survey Family. These latest introductions provide increased customer value by supporting an extended range of practical surveying tasks.
The announcements were made at the INTERGEO '99 Congress and Exhibition.
"The TTS 300 adds a higher accuracy instrument to our optical product line. This, combined with the new firmware offers a new dimension of flexibility and versatility to our customers," said Joseph Paiva, Trimble's vice president of Land Survey.
TTS 300 Optical Survey Instrument
The TTS 300 is a 3-second instrument that complements the TTS 500, Trimble's first optical survey instrument introduced in October 1998. The TTS 300 and TTS 500 with reflectorless EDM technology capitalize on the benefits offered in Trimble's GPS survey systems. The instruments' unique mechanical design and reflectorless technology allow a single surveyor to speed through measurements that would require significantly more time with conventional optical instruments. The EDM provides millimeter accuracy for surveying in areas where GPS signals are obstructed such as tunnels, parking garages and dense forests, as well as building facades or dam faces that are difficult or dangerous to reach. Using the TTS Optical Survey Family, surveyors and civil engineers can perform topographic, boundary and geodetic control surveys, as well as stakeout for construction.
TTS Version 1.30 Firmware
Trimble's new version 1.30 firmware for the TTS 300 and TTS 500 offers 15 new features for a wide range of surveying tasks such as stakeout functions, offset measurement capabilities, resection and many more. The firmware provides the necessary functionality for fast and effective survey work.
Full Interoperability in the Field Optimizes Productivity
As part of Trimble's complete family of surveying products, the TTS Optical Survey Family is designed to allow seamless data flow and flexibility between Trimble's GPS Total Station® 4700 and 4800 as well as with other manufacturers' optical instruments and laser rangefinders. This interoperability between GPS and optical systems optimizes productivity by giving the surveyor and civil engineer a compatible set of tools for any surveying situation.
The TTS 300 and TTS version 1.30 firmware will be available in September 1999 through Trimble's authorized Survey and Mapping distributors worldwide. Trimble will provide the TTS version 1.30 firmware at no cost to existing TTS 500 customers. The firmware will be available for download from Trimble's web site at
About Trimble
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, construction, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.

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