Trimble Introduces New Wireless Data Controller for the LM80 Layout Manager Connecting the Office and Job Site

New Rugged Wireless Data Controller Links Contractor
Office and Field Operations Together, Increasing Efficiency and Productivity



LAS VEGAS, Jan. 22, 2008 – Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced the introduction of new wireless capabilities for the Trimble® LM80 Layout Manager. The solution incorporates a new controller and office software for real-time two-way data transfer between the project design team in the office and the general and concrete contractors at the job site to increase efficiency and productivity. 


The announcement was made today at the World of Concrete 2008, one of the world™s largest international exhibitions for the construction and construction materials industries.


The Trimble LM80 Layout Manager creates a digital replica of the building blueprint in the field. It connects to both mechanical and robotic total stations, where it is designed to provide accurate, fast and simple building layout. Designed for use on the building construction job site, the new wireless data controller for Trimble LM80 Layout Manager has built-in ruggedness. It includes wireless communications, Bluetooth connection capabilities, a highly visible screen, and a fast processor.


The new wireless capabilities of the Trimble LM80 Layout Manager are designed to provide contractors accurate control of their building layout, especially jobs with various design elevation elements. As part of Trimble™s Connected Site construction solutions, the wireless capability allows for the real-time transfer of design files between the office and job site. Design engineers can make changes immediately available to the contractor, and the contractor can transfer in real-time as-builts to communicate progress reports and problems. Additionally, the fast processor and highly visible screen make it easy to work with complex building designs on the job site.


As buildings become more architecturally complex, they also become more difficult for engineers to verify designs and contractors to perform layout, said Pat Bohle, Trimble™s Building Construction Business Area Manager. The Trimble LM80 Layout Manager, combined with the accuracy of a total station and capabilities of the new wireless data controller, deliver a powerful, easy-to-use tool to the general and concrete contractor.


The new wireless data controller for the Trimble LM80 Layout Manager, Trimble LM80 Layout Manager version 4.2 and Trimble LM80 Desktop version 2.2 are available now through Trimble™s Construction distribution channel. 


About Trimble™s Construction Business


Trimble™s Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for both the heavy and highway contractor and the building construction contractor. Trimble”s solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project”delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.


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 3,600 employees in over 18 countries.


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