12/18/2002 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and CellStar Corporation (NASDAQ:CLST), a value-added wireless logistics services leader, announced that they have signed a logistics and distribution agreement for mobile resource management solutions.
Under the agreement, CellStar will distribute Trimble's TelvisantTM Mobile Resource Management (MRM) System hardware, including the CrossCheck® family of Global Positioning System (GPS) based mobile communications products which utilize General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) and when available CDMA2000 1xRTT wireless data services.
The contract covers logistics and distribution services, customer-specific customization of the CrossCheck units, kit configuration, inventory management as well as fulfillment to customers, vehicle manufacturers and dealers on a global basis.
"Trimble selected CellStar for its excellent reputation, focus, access to global distribution channels as well as the company's ability to handle customized orders," said Thom Russell, director of service operations for Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division. "This contract goes beyond a traditional fulfillment and logistics service agreement. We see CellStar as an ideal distribution partner who will accelerate the penetration of our mobile resource management solutions in the wireless market."
CellStar draws on its ISO 9001:2001 certification and customer service protocols, combined with high-tech order processing and reporting to offer clients premier and customized service.
"This agreement expands CellStar's horizons beyond mobile phones and fulfillment support services," said Jim Thomas, business development director for CellStar. "Both CellStar and Trimble will benefit from the increased global capabilities that this relationship brings."
About Trimble's Telvisant System
Trimble's Telvisant system offers real-time asset tracking and monitoring for businesses and government agencies. It is designed to meet the needs of a broad range of users, including ready-mix concrete producers, refuse haulers, utility and telecommunications companies, government agencies, rental fleet owners, heavy equipment operators, transportation and logistics providers, and field service and repair companies. The system offers customers a complete solution that connects vehicles and mobile workers to the enterprise for fleet and workforce management, telematics and vehicle security.
Telvisant uses GPS technology to locate a vehicle or mobile worker, wireless technology to transmit the information to Trimble's data center and the Internet to provide complete mobile resource management from a user's PC. Trimble's solution provides the in-vehicle hardware, a wireless gateway, applications for mobile asset management, a secure data center infrastructure and wireless service. Trimble also offers a range of vehicle mounted sensors to record mission critical business events. By gaining in-depth, real-time data including-location, speed, time-of-arrival, time of departure, duration of stay, event reporting and many other types of information-customers can gain significant improvements in efficiencies and profitability from their mobile assets.
The system offers a variety of hosted applications, including sophisticated mapping, two-way text messaging, and detailed management reporting of fleet activity. Telvisant is designed to be used stand-alone, or in conjunction with popular dispatch applications. Trimble also offers the Telvisant Software Developer's Kit (SDK) and XML interface for integrating custom vertical applications or enterprise systems. In addition, the service can provide wireless carriers, telematics providers, and vehicle manufacturers, with branded Internet applications for their subscribers.
For more information about Trimble's Telvisant system, visit: www.telvisant.com.
About CellStar Corporation
CellStar Corporation is a leading global provider of distribution and value-added logistics services to the wireless communications industry, with operations in Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America and Europe. CellStar facilitates the effective and efficient distribution of handsets, related accessories and other wireless products from leading manufacturers to network operators, agents, resellers, dealers and retailers. In many of its markets, CellStar provides activation services that generate new subscribers for its wireless carrier customers. For the year ended November 30, 2001, CellStar generated revenues of $2.4 billion. Additional information about CellStar may be found on its Web site at www.cellstar.com.
About Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division
Trimble's Mobile Solutions Division offers complete end-to-end fleet and asset management solutions that include location-aware mobile devices, software, Internet location-based services and wireless operator relationships. The division focuses on advanced wireless applications for fleet and workforce management, telematics, theft recovery and public safety.
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 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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