2/12/2004 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced the AgGPS® 252 multi-function receiver, a high-performance Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver capable of providing submeter, decimeter and centimeter level accuracies in a rugged, all-in-one, smart antenna design. The AgGPS 252 receiver works with Trimble's Autopilot guidance system and provides an easy upgrade path to increase accuracy as precision requirements grow. The AgGPS 252 allows farmers to increase productivity, efficiency and profitability by providing a total 4-in-1 accuracy solution, eliminating the need for multiple GPS receivers.
The announcement was made at the World Ag Exposition in Tulare, Calif., and the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
The AgGPS 252 multi-function receiver offers farmers flexibility in choosing the accuracy level their crop requires, whether broadacre, row crop or vegetable. The easy-to-use system enables submeter accuracy using Differential GPS (DGPS); decimeter accuracy using OmniSTAR High Precision (HP) satellite services; or centimeter accuracy using Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS capabilities. The unit is also equipped with Wide Area Augmentation System/European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (WAAS/EGNOS) and OmniSTAR Virtual Base Station (VBS) capabilities.
"The AgGPS 252 receiver takes GPS to a new level providing flexibility in one package. The receiver's multi-accuracy options have never before been offered in one compact unit," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "Based on Trimble's reliable technology, the AgGPS 252 protects the farmers' equipment investment: now farmers can choose one receiver for all their guidance needs."
The AgGPS 252 receiver saves time and money. One unit can be used for both broadacre or row crops, eliminating the expense of multiple units. Easy-to-use and transfer between vehicles, the AgGPS 252 can be used with Trimble's AgGPS Autopilot system or the AgGPS EZ-Guide® manual guidance system. The AgGPS 252 comes in a rugged, low-profile unit, decreasing the likelihood of damage from driving under trees or low structures.
The AgGPS 252 multi-function receiver is expected to be available for Autopilot platforms starting February 17, 2004. In addition, the AgGPS 252 is expected to be available in combination with the new EZ-Guide Plus manual guidance system in March of 2004.
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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