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Trimble Survey Controller Software Provides Even More Versatility and Interoperability in the Field

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 5, 1999 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its latest software for land surveyors, the Trimble Survey Controller™ software version 7.50 for the TSC1™ data collector. The new software version provides even more features and functionality to make surveying with all types of instruments easier and more effective.
The announcement was made at Trimble's Fifth International User Conference.
Increased Interoperability, Versatility and Seamless Data Flow in the Field
The TSC1 data collector with Trimble Survey Controller 7.50 software takes interoperability to a new level. The software's powerful graphics capabilities and task-oriented controls take surveyors through every operation efficiently for total control of and logging from GPS equipment and conventional surveying instruments, including servo driven instruments, optical stations and laser rangefinders. The Trimble Survey Controller software give the surveyors and engineers the ability to switch between tasks and instruments saving time and increasing productivity.
The Trimble Survey Controller 7.50 software makes working with mixed GPS and optical survey data simple and efficient. Back at the office, the new Trimble Geomatics Office™ software takes this mixed data and seamlessly integrates it directly into a single project. Data can also be easily imported from survey, design or GIS software and be uploaded to the Trimble Survey Controller prior to field work.
New Features Translate to Gains in Productivity
The Trimble Survey Controller 7.50 software has numerous new features that further enhance productivity in the field, including the ability to use cellular phones for the RTK data link between the base and rover receivers. Direct configuration makes cellular support quick and easy to set up. Additionally support for multiple RTK base stations enables independent checks on control points, and allows users to select a more reliable base station as radio reception declines between the base and rover.
The Trimble Survey Controller 7.50 software has universal support for a wide range of optical total stations, including the ability to drive leading manufacturers' servo instruments to auto turn to check backsights and to auto turn to a stakeout point or any point in the database. The software can also calculate a closure and adjust a closed-loop traverse or traverses that start and end on known points. This ability to take advantage of a broader range of conventional instruments and functionality improves the productivity of the surveyor and engineer and delivers true interoperability in the field between GPS and conventional equipment.
The Trimble Survey Controller 7.50 version software will be available at the end of 1999 through the company's sales and dealer network.
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.
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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