Tripod Data Systems Offers up to $1,200 Trade-in on Old Data Collectors

Trade-in offer applies to TDS Recon and Ranger rugged data collectors with Survey Pro software

CORVALLIS, Ore. — October 19, 2004 — Tripod Data Systems™ (TDS) today announced a new offer for customers who trade in any data collector other than an HP 48 for a new Ranger™ bundle or TDS Recon™ with Survey Pro™ 4.0 software. The trade-in allowance is $600 for a Recon 200/400 or Ranger 200C with Survey Pro; $900 for Survey Pro Robotic or Survey Pro GPS; and $1,200 for Survey Pro Max.

“For anyone who has been considering upgrading their data collection equipment, this is the perfect opportunity to save money in the process,” said Eric Hall, survey products manager. “The Recon and Ranger are field-proven with tens of thousands of users. Plus, the latest version of Survey Pro includes several new features to help surveyors work more productively.”

The trade-in promotion is valid for Recon or Ranger and Survey Pro bundles purchased between October 4 and December 31, 2004. The data collector to be traded in must be complete and working. Additional information and trade-in rules are available at

About TDS software and hardware
The TDS Recon and Ranger rugged data collectors meet stringent military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. Both also come with an IP67 rating, meaning they’re impermeable to water and dust.

The Recon runs Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PCs and includes a color touchscreen display. The Ranger runs the Windows® CE .NET operating system and features a 57-key tactile keypad and color touchscreen.

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 DTM. The latest version, Survey Pro 4.0, includes multiple workflow enhancements, including an Instrument Manager, editable favorites and GPS cell phone support.

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 U.S. distributor for Nikon® survey products. TDS software has been the #1 choice of surveyors since 1995—more surveyors use Survey Pro software than all other competitors’ software combined.1

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