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Trimble's Cellular Fleet Management Product Receives Certification for Verizon Wireless' WIN4 Network


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 6, 2000 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that its cellular-based fleet management product has received certification and approval for use on Verizon Wireless' WIN4 North American wireless network.

The approval of Trimble's CrossCheckTM AMPS gives system integrators and service providers the opportunity to offer a turnkey, cost-effective and nationwide asset management solution with no roaming charges. Trimble selected CrossCheck AMPS as the first product to use the WIN4 system because the AMPS cellular network provides the greatest coverage in North America.

CrossCheck AMPS with its patented IQEvent EngineTM technology integrates Global Positioning System (GPS), cellular and computing technologies into a single, low-cost mobile positioning and communications system. CrossCheck AMPS uses the standard wireless analog AMPS cellular network to send GPS data and messages from mobile units to base stations running Trimble's FleetVision® software. An optional handset allows CrossCheck AMPS to be used for voice communications as well.

The system's IQEvent Engine supports automated monitoring and reporting of vehicle activity and status. An alert report, for example, automatically sends the vehicle's location and status to the operations center which can respond by remotely activating the vehicle's security systems, such as door locks, ignition lockout, sirens or lights.

CrossCheck's flexible software can be adapted to virtually all fleet applications, from armored car transport to limousine service and from utility fleets to construction equipment.

Verizon Wireless, developed the WIN4 platform to provide seamless connectivity of national data and data with voice service using established wireless and wireline networks to route and deliver information. WIN4 provides seamless data and voice service by automatically connecting Trimble's CrossCheck AMPS to any of the nationwide WIN4 service sites. This makes the service far lower cost in applications where roaming is required.

Field trials of a fleet management system incorporating Trimble's CrossCheck AMPS and FleetVision have been successfully completed for a major national account.

About WIN4

WIN4 is a wireless network designed to support the growing traffic (data or data with voice content) between cars, gas meters, computers and other machines and the people who need to manage and monitor them. Developed by GTE Wireless, the WIN4 network can accommodate messages of any size and provides coverage throughout the United States and Canada, through arrangements with more than 55 wireless carriers.

WIN4 provides the seamless connectivity of a national data and data with voice service utilizing embedded wireless and wireline networks to route and deliver information. WIN4 utilizes a patent pending Call Management Platform. Inherent in the architecture are fraud prevention measures which obviate the need for PIN codes and temporary brownouts, tremendously increasing call completion for critical applications.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong.

Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at
http://www.verizonwireless.com

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 markets ranging from agriculture and construction to asset management, automotive and timing. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble provides end-users and OEMs with leading edge solutions backed by global leadership in innovation, exceptional experience and in depth applications knowledge as well as a reputation for excellence.

With its acquisition of Spectra Precision, a leading provider of construction lasers, machine control systems, optical surveying instruments and related software, Trimble now broadens its portfolio of positioning solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C) and agriculture markets.


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



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