Trimble to Offer Location-Based Services Through Trimble Information Services, Inc.

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Trimble Navigation Limited

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq:   TRMB)
 announced today that it has formed Trimble Information Services, Inc. (TIS) to
 offer Internet location-based services for the mobile workplace. The new
 capabilities allow Trimble to leverage its existing wireless business by
 offering complete end-to-end fleet management solutions as well as address the
 emerging market for location-enabled phones and mobile devices.
     "Our stated strategy has been to introduce a service capability to our
 fleet and asset management solutions," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's
 president and CEO. "With the formation of TIS, we have taken the first steps
 towards providing a complete solution for our customers that includes
 hardware, software and service. This will create a source of recurring revenue
 and accelerate sales of our hardware products."
     TIS has an established data center infrastructure, wireless gateway
 platform and applications to provide both medium- and high-volume mobile asset
 management. The service can also provide wireless carriers with branded
 Internet applications for their subscriber base that leverage emerging
 location-enabled wireless phones. Currently, TIS has a base of customers that
 conduct more than one million wireless transactions daily. TIS was formed by
 assuming the business of GRID DATA, a privately-held Internet-based location
 services company located in Chandler, Arizona.
     TIS intends to offer products and services through Trimble's existing
 network of worldwide dealers, value-added resellers and direct sales force in
 fleet management, engineering and construction, and agriculture. Trimble
 customers will be able to purchase fleet management devices that are connected
 to the Internet through a Trimble, or OEM partner branded, Internet service.
     TIS initially plans to offer location-based services with Trimble's
 CrossCheck(R) mobile communicator products for fleet management, which are
 available for operation on multiple worldwide wireless networks. TIS' current
 platform will be adapted to be compatible with the existing CrossCheck GSM and
 AMPS products to leverage Internet access for fleet management applications in
 the future. Additionally, Trimble intends to produce future CrossCheck
 products that operate on next generation 1xRTT CDMA and GPRS standards.
     In addition to Internet access for location-based services, fleet
 management customers requiring advanced wireless phone messaging services can
 immediately utilize TIS for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Short
 Messaging Service (SMS) connections, which are compatible with U.S. carrier
 networks and handsets.
     Trimble Information Services' location aware wireless gateway platform is
 designed to connect location-enabled mobile devices to the Internet through
 multiple wireless networks. All wireless transactions are archived on the
 platform to allow sophisticated data mining. The platform has an industry
 standard XML interface to allow application development partners to quickly
 bring applications to market. The platform has been designed to serve millions
 of wireless subscribers with the scalability and reliability demanded by
 wireless carriers. Users of platform application services only require a
 standard web browser, PC computer, and an Internet connection to run
 applications. Internet applications that are currently available include
 'mapping' to locate mobile workers and vehicles, 'messaging' to communicate
 with mobile workers, 'work order management' to take customer orders and
 communicate those orders to mobile workers, and 'reporting' to determine
 business productivity, compliance and customer service levels.
     Trimble Information Services, Inc. will function as a wholly-owned
 subsidiary in Chandler, Arizona.
     This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current
 expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the
 important factors that could cause Trimble's actual results to differ
 materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking
 statements herein are the company's ability to guarantee the acceptance and
 usage of location-based services to be offered by TIS, increased or unexpected
 competition, fluctuations in customer demand and other matters disclosed in
 Trimble's filings with the SEC, including Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
 
     About Trimble
     Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS)
 technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments
 GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and
 software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence
 and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging
 applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance,
 asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure.
 Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than
 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
     For an interactive look at company news and products, visit Trimble's Web
 site at http://www.trimble.com/
 
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    SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq:   TRMB)
 announced today that it has formed Trimble Information Services, Inc. (TIS) to
 offer Internet location-based services for the mobile workplace. The new
 capabilities allow Trimble to leverage its existing wireless business by
 offering complete end-to-end fleet management solutions as well as address the
 emerging market for location-enabled phones and mobile devices.
     "Our stated strategy has been to introduce a service capability to our
 fleet and asset management solutions," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's
 president and CEO. "With the formation of TIS, we have taken the first steps
 towards providing a complete solution for our customers that includes
 hardware, software and service. This will create a source of recurring revenue
 and accelerate sales of our hardware products."
     TIS has an established data center infrastructure, wireless gateway
 platform and applications to provide both medium- and high-volume mobile asset
 management. The service can also provide wireless carriers with branded
 Internet applications for their subscriber base that leverage emerging
 location-enabled wireless phones. Currently, TIS has a base of customers that
 conduct more than one million wireless transactions daily. TIS was formed by
 assuming the business of GRID DATA, a privately-held Internet-based location
 services company located in Chandler, Arizona.
     TIS intends to offer products and services through Trimble's existing
 network of worldwide dealers, value-added resellers and direct sales force in
 fleet management, engineering and construction, and agriculture. Trimble
 customers will be able to purchase fleet management devices that are connected
 to the Internet through a Trimble, or OEM partner branded, Internet service.
     TIS initially plans to offer location-based services with Trimble's
 CrossCheck(R) mobile communicator products for fleet management, which are
 available for operation on multiple worldwide wireless networks. TIS' current
 platform will be adapted to be compatible with the existing CrossCheck GSM and
 AMPS products to leverage Internet access for fleet management applications in
 the future. Additionally, Trimble intends to produce future CrossCheck
 products that operate on next generation 1xRTT CDMA and GPRS standards.
     In addition to Internet access for location-based services, fleet
 management customers requiring advanced wireless phone messaging services can
 immediately utilize TIS for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Short
 Messaging Service (SMS) connections, which are compatible with U.S. carrier
 networks and handsets.
     Trimble Information Services' location aware wireless gateway platform is
 designed to connect location-enabled mobile devices to the Internet through
 multiple wireless networks. All wireless transactions are archived on the
 platform to allow sophisticated data mining. The platform has an industry
 standard XML interface to allow application development partners to quickly
 bring applications to market. The platform has been designed to serve millions
 of wireless subscribers with the scalability and reliability demanded by
 wireless carriers. Users of platform application services only require a
 standard web browser, PC computer, and an Internet connection to run
 applications. Internet applications that are currently available include
 'mapping' to locate mobile workers and vehicles, 'messaging' to communicate
 with mobile workers, 'work order management' to take customer orders and
 communicate those orders to mobile workers, and 'reporting' to determine
 business productivity, compliance and customer service levels.
     Trimble Information Services, Inc. will function as a wholly-owned
 subsidiary in Chandler, Arizona.
     This release may contain forward-looking statements based on current
 expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the
 important factors that could cause Trimble's actual results to differ
 materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the forward-looking
 statements herein are the company's ability to guarantee the acceptance and
 usage of location-based services to be offered by TIS, increased or unexpected
 competition, fluctuations in customer demand and other matters disclosed in
 Trimble's filings with the SEC, including Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
 
     About Trimble
     Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS)
 technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments
 GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and
 software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence
 and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging
 applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance,
 asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure.
 Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than
 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
     For an interactive look at company news and products, visit Trimble's Web
 site at http://www.trimble.com/
 
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