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Known as HEPOS (Hellenic Positioning System), the GNSS network will consist of approximately 100 Trimble NetRS GPS Receivers and 100 Trimble Zephyr Geodetic Antennas, as well as Trimble GPSNetTM and RTKNet software to achieve full Trimble VRS functionality. Covering approximately 132,000 square kilometers (50,965 square miles) of mainland and islands, the HEPOS network is expected to be one of the largest GNSS networks in the world. Designed to cover the needs of the Greek National Cadastre far into the future, the HEPOS network will provide accurate and reliable centimeter-level surveying measurements to be taken faster and more cost-effectively throughout Greece.
The HEPOS network is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2007. The measurements will be collected in real time and sent to the HEPOS Control Center, which will process the data and send the high accuracy positioning data to all users. All users will be able to receive data either in real time, or through a Web server for post-processing in the office. The HEPOS network will provide a highly reliable, cost-effective means for surveyors and other professionals to work faster and achieve more accurate GNSS results.
When fully operational, the HEPOS network will be managed by KTIMATOLOGIO SA. The network is part of the modernisation of the total land registry system in Greece and is supported by European Union funding1. This project is carried out within the framework of the Greek Program “Information and Technology Infrastructure for a Modern Cadastre”, which is operated under the responsibility of KTIMATOLOGIO S.A., as stated in measure 2.9 of the Operational Program titled “Information Society” with co-financing of 50 percent from the Greek State and 50 percent from the European Union.
The nationwide Greece network follows more than 100 Trimble infrastructure installations throughout the world including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic South Africa, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and U.S. For a partial reference list of Trimble VRS installations visit: www.trimble.com/vrsinstallations.shtml.
About KTIMATOLOGIO SA
Established in 1996, the Hellenic (Greek) Cadastre (KTIMATOLOGIO S.A.) develops and operates the Cadastre in Greece. In this context, it oversees all geodetic and cartographic activities in Greece related to the Greek Cadastre. Under the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, KTIMATOLOGIO S.A. supports and works with HEMCO (Hellenic Mapping and Cadastral Organization) to achieve its goals which are to establish and maintain geodetic networks; prepare official topographic maps; provide a national resource of geodetic and cartographic data as well as a cadastral register of land and buildings. For more information, visit: www.ktimatologio.gr/.
Note 1: The European Union funding is made pursuant to the provisions under Commission Regulation (EC) 438/2001 of 2 March 2001 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) 1260/1999 as regards the management and control systems, and 448/2001 for the procedure for making financial corrections for assistance granted under the Structural Funds.
About Trimble VRS Technology
Trimble VRS technology uses the RTK solutions from Trimble RTKNet software and provides high-accuracy, RTK GNSS positioning for wider areas. A network utilizing Trimble VRS technology is available at any time without setting up a base station and provides common control anywhere in the network. Because Trimble RTKNet software is able to process the entire network simultaneously, Trimble VRS networks offer greater quality control and higher data accuracy at longer distances. In the field, the farther users get from a reference station using conventional RTK, the more susceptible they become to reduced accuracy and performance due to systematic errors such as ionospheric and tropospheric effects. In a Trimble VRS network, RTKNet software provides a fully modeled solution that factor in potential systematic errors. Users connect into the system using a wireless connection; the software acknowledges the users field positions and allows them to operate as though there is a reference station-a virtual reference station-right next to their rover. As a result, the PPM error is eliminated or significantly reduced, allowing surveyors to achieve RTK precision over much greater distances with fewer reference stations. Users can also retrieve stored GNSS and modeled data from the control center via the Internet for post-processing.
About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Business
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that changes the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction business of 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 productivity.
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.
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Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual events and results may differ materially from those described in this press release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the continuing ability of Trimble VRS hardware and software to meet the future needs of the Greek National Cadastre or professional end-users of the HEPOS network; unanticipated delays in the operational launch of the HEPOS network; the future accuracy, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the network; and end-user satisfaction with the network and the network’s contribution to increased productivity. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimble’s business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.