Trimble to Expand its VRS Now Coverage in Illinois and Iowa

Sunnyvale, Calif., Jan. 23 — Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB) announced today that it has expanded its Trimble® VRS Now™ service coverage area to provide Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) correction data and additional professional services in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa by acquiring the PMW RTK Network assets from Precision Midwest, a privately-held Trimble distributor. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Trimble VRS Now service delivers centimeter-level RTK and Differential GNSS (DGNSS) positioning customized for each GNSS rover receiver’s exact location anywhere in the network. The Trimble VRS Now service supplies fast, easy to use and accurate GNSS positioning for a variety of applications including surveying, urban planning, construction, asset management, transportation, environmental monitoring, resource and territory management, disaster prevention and relief, agriculture and scientific research.

A subscription to the Trimble VRS Now service and a GNSS rover is all a user needs to begin surveying or collecting data with precision anywhere within the network. Surveyors and other users can switch on their receiver and real-time corrections are available in seconds. Trimble VRS Now works with nearly all GPS and GNSS survey instruments from a variety of manufacturers.

"The Trimble VRS Now network in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa is the latest network service implementation in a series of commercial GNSS Infrastructure networks from Trimble. Through increased productivity and lower project costs, Trimble VRS Now can provide real business value to the local community," said Pierre Desjardins, business manager for Trimble’s GNSS Infrastructure business area. "Our goal is to streamline the workflow of our surveying and positioning customers while increasing productivity and providing a competitive edge, particularly under the current economics."

Trimble VRS Now represents a major advance in precision surveying and positioning productivity. No longer dependent on a field base station, precision GNSS surveys can be up and running in minutes. And without the need for base station hardware, the user’s GNSS receivers can now work independently as rovers–saving time and money. Simply connect, correct and measure.

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Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and governments significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location–including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit Trimble’s Web site at