10/24/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced that T-Com, Deutsche Telekom's fixed-network division, one of the largest fixed network providers in Europe, has awarded a contract to Trimble for the purchase of Global Positioning System (GPS) survey equipment and software. The equipment will be used to collect accurate position data of T-Com's telecommunications network infrastructure assets across Germany. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.
Under the contract, T-Com will purchase 150 Trimble 5800 GPS RTK surveying systems over the next three years. In addition, 150 Map500 software licenses will be purchased for integrating the GPS survey data into T-Com's Geographic Information System (GIS). The seamless integration of position with asset feature information will assist in managing the company's physical network infrastructure, which is widely dispersed across the country.
Deutsche Telekom has more than 1.6 million kilometres (approximately 994,000 miles) of underground telephone line that need to be accurately surveyed, documented and kept up to date. In addition, as new phone lines are added the information is incorporated into the GIS database. On average, T-Com conducts approximately 350,000 survey projects per year, which range from large- to small-scale projects.
With the addition of the 5800 RTK systems, T-Com's survey equipment now includes GPS, servo and robotic total stations from Trimble. Trimble offers complete positioning system solutions and a perfect data management bridge between the GPS rovers, optical total stations and the GIS database, which makes surveying easy and managing T-Com's network infrastructure more efficient.
5800 RTK GPS Surveying System
The Trimble 5800 is a fully integrated, extremely lightweight, RTK GPS surveying system--everything a surveyors needs is all on a range pole. It combines a dual-frequency GPS receiver, antenna, built-in Bluetooth wireless technology and power source for a day's work. Trimble 5800 GPS system can be configured as a rover or GPS base station, making it versatile to meet the changing needs of surveying projects. T-Com will be using a bluetooth-enabled field computer and GSM radio for cable free surveying.
Map500 Graphical Field Information System
The Map500 software is an easy to use field data collection and measurement software package that interfaces to Trimble positioning sensors, including the Trimble 5800 GPS system. The graphical software runs on a field computer and can be used for a range of surveying tasks, including high accuracy GIS, topographic data collection, and setting out. In addition the software allows for the loading of raster or vector background maps, including an interface to the popular SmallWorld GIS software. Data collected in the field can be directly downloaded from Map500 to a range of CAD and GIS systems.
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering 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 will change the way construction work is done. The Geomatics and Engineering 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 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.
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. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to certain risks and uncertainties, including the number of units to be purchased under the three-year contract. Among other things, customer acceptance, economic trends and competitive issues may have an adverse effect. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's respective quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K.
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