2/27/2004 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced that its new TrimTracTM locator has successfully completed the PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board) requirements governing the release of new GSM 1900 capable wireless communications products in the North American market. Additionally, the device also passed all relevant GSM 900/1800 GCF (Global Certification Forum) conformance tests.
The TrimTrac locator, introduced at the International Consumer Electronics Show in early January, is a complete end-user device that combines low cost GSM wireless communications with GPS technology. It can be battery-powered or connected to external 12 VDC power and is ideally suited for location-based service providers and system integrators interested in providing affordable personal vehicle monitoring services to a broad range of subscribers.
Priced at 20 to 80 percent lower than other comparable devices on the market today, the TrimTrac locator enables cost-effective automatic position reporting for personal vehicle monitoring, security and theft recovery. The device can also support select roadside assistance and concierge services with application server and call center capabilities provided by third-party service providers.
"Many of our long-term service provider customers had been asking Trimble to develop a low cost, automotive-grade GPS location device like TrimTrac," said William Dussell, director of integrated products for Trimble's Component Technologies Division. "Most of these companies are in the service business and did not necessarily want to develop their own hardware. Obtaining PTCRB approval of the TrimTrac location device is an important milestone toward releasing this product in North America."
The TrimTrac locator incorporates GSM Protocol Stack software from TTPCom Ltd. Headquartered in Cambridge, England, TTPCom is one of the world's leading independent suppliers of digital wireless technology. The company's Protocol Stack software has approvals with over 70 major network operators across Europe, Asia, America and Australia.
7 layers US a recognized PTCRB test lab and service center, issued notice that the Trimble TrimTrac device has passed the technical evaluation and that all relevant declarations and documentation supporting this product have been submitted. The test results were provided to CTIA on Feb. 6, 2004.
For more information about the TrimTrac locator, visit http://www.trimtrac.com or http://www.trimble.com/trimtrac.html.
With facilities in Cambridge, UK, and Burlington, MA, USA, TTPCom Ltd. is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC). The company develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals and during 2003 over 23 million devices using TTPCom's digital cellular technology were sold. TTPCom licenses its technology to leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide. TTPCom has established an industry standard with its GPRS platform, offers EDGE, 3G, Wireless LAN and Wireless PAN solutions and, for those manufacturers for whom a fast time to market is critical, TTPCom also offers complete handset and module designs. More information can be found on TTPCom's website at: http://www.ttpcom.com.
About 7 Layers, Inc.
7 layers is an engineering company for the wireless communications industry with broad expertise in development, testing and qualification for Bluetooth®, GSM, GPRS, 3G and other wireless technologies. Manufacturers, network operators and test houses all benefit from 7 layers' services, which range from optimisation of technology and product development via customized InterLab® solutions for professional testing to worldwide qualification services in our own InterLab® laboratories. 7 layers has service centres and laboratories in Germany, UK, USA and a joint venture with the RITT in P.R. China, called ritt7layers.
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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