Trimble Introduces Subfoot GPS Handheld for High-Accuracy Mapping

GeoXH Handheld Advances the Standard for Accuracy and Convenience

Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 4, 2005 – Trimble today introduced the GeoXH™ handheld receiver—the first integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) field computer to deliver subfoot (30 cm) accuracy for Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection and mapping. The GeoXH handheld is based on Trimble’s revolutionary H-Star™ technology, first introduced in the GPS Pathfinder® ProXH™ receiver earlier this year. A significant advance from previous solutions, the H-Star handhelds and receivers greatly reduce the time it takes to collect high accuracy GPS data in the field.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO, the world’s largest conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

An all-in-one cable-free solution, the GeoXH handheld surpasses all other high performance GPS handhelds for ease of use. A high accuracy GPS receiver inside a rugged handheld computer, the GeoXH is designed to deliver the subfoot (30 cm) accuracy required by electric and gas utilities, water/wastewater services, land reform projects and other applications where positioning is crucial. In recent years, these sectors have experienced increased requirements for subfoot (30 cm) accuracy that could only be addressed by long location occupation times or the use of survey grade systems that deliver a much higher accuracy than needed.

“Rugged design and powerful functionality are steadfast qualities of the GeoExplorer family of handheld GPS receivers,” said Alan Townsend, vice president of Trimble’s Field Solutions Division. “The GeoXH handheld takes high accuracy data collection to a whole new level with our innovative H-Star technology. When accuracy is critical, the GeoXH handheld delivers with unprecedented efficiency and reliability.”

Trimble H-Star technology utilizes advances in GPS receiver design and improvements in field and office software to achieve subfoot (30 cm) postprocessed accuracy in the GeoXH handheld. With the addition of an external Zephyr antenna, eight-inch (20 cm) postprocessed accuracy can be attained.

The GeoXH handheld is part of the new GeoExplorer® 2005 series that includes the submeter GeoXT™ and the 1-3 meter GeoXM™ handhelds. All three feature a 416MHz processor running the latest Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software for Pocket PC, rechargeable battery for all day use, 512MB of onboard memory, expandable Secure Digital (SD) memory and Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity as standard.

The GeoExplorer 2005 series are among the world’s first integrated GPS handhelds with Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5.0 software for Pocket PC. Windows Mobile 5.0 has more flexibility to customize devices and solutions and has persistent memory storage for more efficient data management.

The GeoXH handheld is expected to begin shipping at the end of October 2005.

About Trimble
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, machine guidance, asset management, 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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