Surveying decision-makers purchase TDS data collection hardware and software more than any other manufacturer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - June 6, 2006 - Tripod Data Systems (TDS) today announced that a 2005 study conducted by BNP Media confirms that more professional surveyors use TDS hardware and software products for data collection than those of any other manufacturer.

In addition, more survey respondents chose TDS as the brand of data collector hardware and software they were likely to consider for their next purchase, and TDS received more "excellent" responses than other manufacturers in five major rating categories. This year's study echoes the results of previous BNP studies in which surveyors also chose TDS products over other manufacturers.

"Even in an increasingly competitive surveying market, TDS products, prices and support continue to be recognized for excellence by the people who matter most: professionals in the field," said Bill Martin, president of TDS. "We value their feedback above all else, and we will continue working to provide the best performance, technical support, reliability and value in the surveying industry."

The October 2005 questionnaire, sent to 3,000 Point of Beginningsubscribers, asked respondents to name the manufacturers of their primary data collection hardware and software. It then asked respondents to rate surveying hardware and software products and manufacturers in several different categories. Nearly 90 percent of respondents were business owners/presidents, chief surveyors or vice presidents.

TDS was the most popular purchase choice for data collection software, with more respondents choosing TDS software (Survey Pro) than any other data collection software. TDS was also the top purchase choice for data collection hardware.

In individual rating categories, TDS received more "excellent" responses than any other manufacturer for data collection software technology leadership, price fairness, product support and product quality rating, and data collection hardware product support.

About TDS software and hardware

TDS Survey Pro surveying software is a complete data collection and field computation package for surveyors and other field professionals. In addition to traverse and sideshot routines and a full suite of COGO tools, Survey Pro features advanced routines for road layout, coordinate geometry, staking, adjustment, attribute collection and DTMs. The latest version, Survey Pro 4.X, includes multiple workflow enhancements, an Instrument Manager, editable favorites and GPS cell phone support.

TDS rugged data collectors-the Recon and the Ranger-meet stringent military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. Both run Windows Mobile and also come with an IP67 rating, meaning they're impermeable to water and dust.

About Tripod Data Systems

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) develops hardware and software for mobile computing applications. TDS produces rugged handheld computers for extreme outdoor and industrial environments, software for land surveying and construction applications, and GIS systems for field data collection and automation. TDS is also the distributor for Nikon® and Spectra Precision survey products in the US and Puerto Rico. TDS data collection software has been the #1 choice of surveyors since 1995-more surveyors use Survey Pro software than any other data collection software.1

TDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble. TDS is headquartered in Corvallis, Ore., and was founded in 1987. For more information about TDS, visit, e-mail or call 541-753-9322.

1Business News Publishing Company, "Surveying and Mapping Industry Study" 1995-2005 Includes TDS software sold by dealers and TDS partner companies.