Trimble Awarded U.S. Coast Guard Contract

Nov 15, 2007, 00:00 ET from Trimble

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq:  
 TRMB) announced today that it has received a contract from the U.S. Coast
 Guard (USCG) to provide up to 400 reference station receivers over the next
 three years for its Maritime Differential GPS (DGPS) Service modernization
     The USCG's Maritime DGPS Service provides navigation information for
 coastal areas, harbors and waterways in the continental U.S., the Great
 Lakes, Puerto Rico, portions of Alaska, Hawaii, and a greater part of the
 Mississippi River Basin free-of-charge. As part of the DGPS system, the
 Trimble(R) NetRS(R) reference station receivers will provide accurate
 navigation correction messages that are broadcast to recreational boaters,
 commercial shipping and fishing fleets, workboats and cruise ships. In
 addition, surveyors, mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS)
 professionals, environmental consultants, police and emergency response
 vehicles, trucking fleets, aviators and in-car navigators with
 differential-ready GPS equipment are capable of receiving the USCG's
 broadcast signal, if they are located in established coverage areas. With
 DGPS, the USCG's beacon system meets the Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP)
 accuracy requirements for Harbor/Harbor Approach (HHA) navigation and
 international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirements.
     The Coast Guard Maritime DGPS Service, operated by NAVCEN, consists of
 two control centers and over 85 remote broadcast sites. The service
 broadcasts correction signals on marine radiobeacon frequencies to improve
 the accuracy and integrity of GPS-derived positions. The Coast Guard DGPS
 Service is required to deliver 10 meter accuracy, but typically delivers
 accuracies of 1-3 meters in all established coverage areas. The modernized
 service is expected to provide even greater accuracies. Many foreign
 nations are implementing and modernizing standard DGPS services modeled
 after the U.S. Coast Guard's system to significantly enhance maritime
 safety in their critical waterways.
     As part of a multi-phased modernization project, the USCG also
 purchased 400 Trimble Zephyr Geodetic(TM) antennas in 2006 along with
 Trimble Charisma(TM) software, which provides the backbone of their new
 DGPS radiobeacon operating architecture.
     Trimble NetRS Reference Station
     The NetRS is a powerful field-proven GPS receiver designed for a range
 of high precision and monitoring applications. The receiver offers ease of
 use, low power consumption, R-track(TM) technology for L2C signal tracking,
 Ethernet connectivity, advanced data management capability, and a rugged
 design -- making it an extremely flexible product for scalable
 infrastructure solutions.
     With Internet Protocol as the primary communications mechanism, the
 NetRS GPS receiver can be accessed and fully controlled remotely using
 simple Internet browsers or Trimble infrastructure software. The NetRS uses
 the Linux framework, which allows for extension and customization that is
 simply not possible with proprietary operating systems. Network management
 features of the NetRS include the ability to store one receiver's data
 configuration to a file and restore it to the same receiver at a later date
 or clone the information to other receivers within a network. Additionally,
 low power consumption allows for autonomous operation from a variety of
 site power schemes, even in remote areas.
     Multiple levels of security are possible, guarding against unwarranted
 access to the receiver's configuration and files. The system can function
 as a completely open system allowing complete access, but can also be
 programmed as a fully secure system requiring encrypted access.
     Trimble Charisma Software
     The Trimble Charisma software is a configurable, reference
 station/integrity monitor architecture for SOLAS DGPS beacon applications.
 Inspired by the U.S. Coast Guard's standards for modern beacon navigation
 systems, the Charisma software architecture provides a flexible platform
 for hardware, network and communications protocols. It supports redundant
 configurations encompassing modern GPS receivers, modulators and
 demodulators, and the latest broadcasting transmitters. Trimble Charisma
 modulates correction messages on an MSK beacon signal using
 industry-standard RTCM and the new RSIM 1.2 messages for increased safety
 at sea.
     About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Segment
     Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total
 stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of
 innovative solutions that change the way construction work is done. Trimble
 is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core
 areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to
 completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve
     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
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