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Trimble Introduces New Solutions for Survey and Engineering Applications, Spatial Imaging and Infrastructure

September 25, 2007
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LEIPZIG, Germany - Trimble introduced new and enhanced surveying products as part of its Connected Site model-the new Trimble® S8 Total Station and Trimble 4D Control Software for engineering and monitoring applications; advances in Spatial Imaging with the next-generation Trimble GX™ 3D Scanner and enhanced field and office software that works with the Trimble VX™ Spatial Station; an expanded service for Trimble VRS Now™ service in Germany; and an updated Trimble VRS™ Infrastructure solution. These positioning products and services add greater flexibility and versatility to provide seamless and streamlined workflow for all of the critical phases of surveying.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO 2007, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

“Each product is an important component of Trimble’s Connected Site model, which empowers surveyors with ultimate flexibility and connectivity while on the job,” said Jürgen Kliem, general manager for Trimble’s Survey Division. “The Trimble survey portfolio is a complete, compatible set of tools built with the latest positioning technologies designed to seamlessly streamline and automate the surveyor's workflow. The Connected Site provides the surveyor with total flexibility to choose just the right tools for each survey task. From robotic and mechanical total stations to RTK GNSS systems, and spatial imaging to precise leveling systems, everything a surveyor needs for any project is available from a single source.”

Trimble S8 Total Station and Trimble 4D Control Software for Surveying and Specialized Engineering Applications
The Trimble S8 Total Station is Trimble’s most advanced optical instrument to date. Designed to deliver unsurpassed performance in both surveying and specialized engineering applications such as monitoring and tunneling, the robotic Trimble S8 offers 1" angular accuracy and EDM precision of 1 mm + 1 ppm, plus numerous features to enhance efficiency and productivity.

The Trimble S8 instrument is built on Trimble’s latest total station technologies. Trimble’s MagDrive™ servo technology ensures the total station is fast and silent so users can survey or monitor (unobtrusively) more targets in less time, detect movements faster, and initiate alarms earlier.

Equipped with unique features, the Trimble S8 Total Station includes Trimble FineLock™ technology and high-speed data synchronization outputs. FineLock is a smart tracker sensor with a narrow field of view that enables the Trimble S8 to detect a target without interference from surrounding prisms. The 10 Hz high-speed synchronized data output makes data collection faster and more accurate. For example, when monitoring a railway car or ATV, the instrument can move more quickly without compromising accuracy.

The Trimble S8 Total Station works with the Trimble CU and TSC2® Controllers running Trimble Survey Controller™ software, which now offers an optional Engineering module. The new Trimble 4D Control software is a postprocessing software designed for engineering applications such as monitoring. When target movement is detected over time, the customizable Trimble 4D Control software generates alarms and warnings so the information can be acted on quickly.

The Trimble S8 Total Station’s optical data can be combined with GPS and 3D scanning data, or it can be used as a Trimble I.S. Rover.

Trimble GX 3D Scanner – the Next Generation
The Trimble GX 3D Scanner is an advanced surveying and spatial imaging sensor that uses high-speed laser and video to capture coordinates and image data. The data is then processed in Trimble RealWorks® Survey software and delivered to clients in compelling 2D and 3D.

With the latest generation of the Trimble GX 3D Scanner, users can collect millions of points for photo-realistic resolution, or they can collect exactly the number of points they need with Trimble SureScan™ technology. SureScan patented technology maintains a user-defined, equal density of points even for target objects such as roads and tunnels. Users won’t capture too many points at short distances or too few points at longer distances. The system enables surveyors and geospatial professionals to collect and process data faster by focusing on collecting the right points, not just more points.

The Trimble GX 3D Scanner system also supports the field-proven Trimble TSC2 Controller.The TSC2 Controller runs Trimble PocketScape™ field software, plus standard and specialized Windows® Mobile® programs. Its industry-leading communication technologies offer cable-free convenience and wireless connectivity anywhere, and the TSC2 Controller can be used with all Trimble positioning sensors on a job, including GPS systems and total stations.

Trimble VX Spatial Station – Greater Efficiency in the Field and Office
The Trimble VX Spatial Station has been enhanced through new functionality in Trimble Survey Controller field software and Trimble RealWorks Survey™ office software, improving field productivity and allowing users to create enhanced deliverables in the office.

The new in-field functionality for Trimble Survey Controller includes polygon framing that allows users to select exactly the area they want to scan. Users can thereby complete scanning jobs faster. Users can also view captured point clouds over the video stream of their job site, as well as enjoy panoramic image capture. These new capabilities enable users to minimize gaps and overlaps in scan data, reducing redundancy and rework.

For enhanced office deliverables, RealWorks Survey software allows spatial imaging professionals to provide data to clients as a walk-through or fly-through in 3D. In addition, users can export 3D models into Google™ Earth, so data can be viewed as it will actually appear as an object onsite.

Enhanced VRS Now Network in Germany – Connect, Correct and Measure
Recent changes to Trimble’s RTK network service in Germany make centimeter positioning accuracy easier than ever. Partnering with T-Mobile, Trimble is providing mobile phone coverage with subscriptions to Trimble VRS Now in Germany. By combining mobile minutes and network RTK into a single contract, users now have one less contract to manage, one less bill to pay and a single contact to acquire and activate their country-wide network correction service. Three levels of RTK service and differential GPS service are available in Germany. Simplifying everything from package to purchase, Trimble VRS Now makes RTK easy.

The latest network expansion includes coverage for all of Germany. The Trimble VRS Now network also includes GLONASS streams in areas of availability. Users in enabled areas can connect with the complete range of GNSS signals available today for improved initialization times. In Germany, Trimble also supports both GSM and GPRS so subscribers maintain a seamless link to the system in areas where either communications systems is preferred.

New Version of Trimble VRS Adds New Functionality
With the launch of Trimble GPSNet 2.6, the industry-standard GNSS network software has been updated to meet the changing needs of network operations. New functionality improves the value of GLONASS capabilities in a network environment and enhances operational control of the networked solution. Improvements in GLONASS handling include Predicted Orbits support, which reduces time needed to produce network solutions using GLONASS signals. The new software also gives network operators the ability to solve high-quality GLONASS correctors using fewer GLONASS stations. Enhancements to the software also provide network operators with expanded control and improved management flexibility. The new Trimble NTRIP Caster enhances network security and improves network performance and data integrity.
 
Availability
The Trimble S8 Total Station, the next generation Trimble GX 3D Scanner, and enhanced field and office software that works with the Trimble VX Spatial Station are expected to be available in November 2007 from Trimble’s survey distribution network. VRS Now Germany enhancements are available now and the GPSNet 2.6 version infrastructure software is expected to be available mid-October 2007.
 
Trimble’s Connected Site
Trimble’s primary drivers for the Connected Site include productivity through innovation, scalable solutions, building partnerships and global service and support. Taking Integrated Surveying™ to the next level, the Connected Site enables surveyors to choose from a broad range of options; including surveying techniques, communications channels and facilitating services such as GNSS infrastructure in one fully integrated and interoperable surveying solution. Surveyors benefit from complete data compatibility with all Trimble field and office software; increased flexibility to use the best tools and techniques for each job; the adaptation of specialized technologies to fit their workflow; and the localization of surveying solutions to address specific market needs throughout the world.
 
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 productivity.
 
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 countries. For more information Trimble’s Web site at www.trimble.com.
 
Source: Trimble, September 25, 2007.

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