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Trimble Inc.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble Introduces New 3D Laser Measurement System for the
Power, Process, Plant and Ship Building Industries

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2007 —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today a 3D laser measurement system for use in industrial, ship building and offshore platform environments—the Trimble® FX Scanner. It is specifically designed to capture data in order to create as-built digital drawings for existing structures. With a 360° x 270° field of view and data capture rates that can exceed 175,000 points per second, accurate data can be quickly captured on a project.

The Trimble FX Scanner allows users to measure existing conditions quickly and accurately, creating a high-resolution 3D image. Each pixel in the image represents a 3D point in space that can be used for virtual surveying, locating interferences and connection points, or to create 2D and 3D CAD shapes for use with AVEVA, Intergraph, Autodesk, Bentley and other design software systems.  

Used in conjunction with the Trimble FX Controller software, the Trimble FX Scanner offers users a flexible 3D imaging solution by providing the ability to create a low- or high-resolution dataset. Flexibility is necessary to adapt to congested industrial environments, reverse engineering projects, verify dimensional control or to control construction accuracy. To allow users to position the instrument to capture the required data in a variety of environments, the Trimble FX Scanner can be mounted on a number of supports, including tripods, brackets, columns, decking or ceiling joists.

Weighing approximately 10 kilograms (22 lbs.), the Trimble FX Scanner allows for easy movement on a project. The included carrying case is approved by most airlines to be placed in an overhead luggage bin, allowing users to carry the instrument with them, reducing the risk of damage or misplacement if shipped. The Trimble FX Scanner also meets the carry-on requirements for working in the offshore industry, where shipping equipment is restricted.

Using Trimble's SceneManager software, users are able to quickly locate and transform the setup locations of the scanner to known positions. The Trimble FX Scanner supports both flat targets and spheres, depending on the needs of the project. Users are able to create registration reports, showing the amount of error between stations and control, providing a quality control solution for the project.

The Trimble FX Scanner creates clean data, reducing the number of hours needed in the office to complete the project. Data can be used in Trimble's LASERGen suite of software applications for industrial, ship building and offshore platform environments.

The Trimble FX Scanner is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2007.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   
LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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