NavCom Technology and AXYS Technologies to Provide GPS Buoy System for NAVOCEANO

RTK-StarFire(TM) Solutions from NavCom and the TRIAXYS GPS Buoy from AXYS prove a winning combination in providing high precision water level monitoring buoys to NAVOCEANO

Torrance, CA – March 1, 2005 – NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced today that a team of AXYS Technologies, NavCom Technology and ITS Corporation (ITS), prime contractor under the General Services Administration’s (GSA) ANSWER Contract, have been selected by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) to further deploy its RTK-StarFire solution with the development of an RTK-StarFire GPS Buoy system.

NavCom’s implementation of Solid Earth Tide Corrections into their GPS software algorithm was instrumental in providing real-time, accurate water elevation data from the buoy system and essential in meeting NAVOCEANO’s requirements. The TRIAXYS GPS buoys equipped with NavCom GPS receivers are able to measure water levels for hydrographic surveys providing up to 30 centimeters of improved vertical accuracy depending on latitude and solar and lunar cycles. In addition to increased accuracies, these buoys will reduce the need of installing land referenced tide gauges.

"NavCom is delighted to provide NAVOCEANO a system to complement the existing RTK-StarFire solution and deployable RTK base stations we had previously developed under contract," said Peter Williams, Director of Advanced Programs for NavCom Technology. "The new buoy system will provide the most precise vertical measurements obtainable in mid ocean for oceanographic and hydrographic measurement, providing an optimal solution for NAVOCEANO."

"We’re pleased to build the water level monitoring capability provided by NavCom into our proven TRIAXYS wave and motion monitoring platform. We believe this capability will allow us to enter new marine monitoring markets such as tsunami detection in the future," said Don Bryan, Manager, Marine Systems Sales & Marketing for AXYS."

About Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO)
NAVOCEANO Hydrographic Fleet collects data and provides the Department of the Navy and other Federal Agencies with products supporting surface and subsurface navigation, littoral warfare, ocean and acoustic modeling and mapping. For more information on NAVOCEANO please visit

About AXYS Technology, Inc.
AXYS Environmental Systems (AXYS), a division of AXYS Technologies Inc., is a Canadian company specializing in the design, manufacture and installation of environmental monitoring systems world wide and provides technical field services to train and support customers in the operation and maintenance of their products. For further information on AXYS Technologies please visit .

About ITS Corporation (ITS)
ITS is a premier Information Technology and Professional Solutions and Services provider to the federal government. ITS ( ) designs, installs, operates and maintains a wide variety of information technology systems including desktop and mainframe computers and local and wide area networks for the federal government. Privately held, ITS employs 850 technical and professional personnel supporting federally funded projects at more than 100 U.S. locations in 26 states. The company is a recipient of numerous awards including being rated #1 in customer satisfaction on the GSA ANSWER contract for the first 5 years of the contract.

About NavCom Technology, Inc.
NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company (NYSE:DE), is a leading provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs and system integrators needing high performance RTK systems, global decimeter level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning, wireless communications and robotics. For more information on NavCom Technology and its products, please visit .