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Trimble Integrates Mapping, GIS Accuracy

Trimble has introduced its next-generation rugged handheld computing devices with integrated Global Positioning System technology -- the Trimble GeoExplorer 2008 series. As one of three models available, the new GeoXH handheld offers real-time decimeter (10 centimeter) level positioning accuracy. With high-accuracy GIS data collection capabilities, field workers can perform effective mapping of infrastructure and more accurate asset inventories. Because high accuracy positioning is available in real-time, utility workers, public works personnel, and others who locate buried and hidden assets can more easily excavate cables and pipes without the risk of damaging nearby assets. In addition, back-office data processing is eliminated, streamlining asset inventories and as-built mapping jobs.

With the GeoExplorer 2008 series, the user can select the model that best suits their needs. The GeoXM handheld provides 1-3 meter accuracy. It integrates reliable, real-time corrected GPS so users can relocate assets with confidence and fulfill work orders more efficiently. The GeoXT handheld offers all of the features of the GeoXM, plus a submeter receiver and Trimble's unique EVEREST multipath rejection technology. This model is suitable for working in difficult environments such as under canopy, in urban canyons or anywhere high-accuracy data collection and maintenance is required. For even higher accuracy applications, users can select the GeoXH handheld for real-time decimeter level positioning.

The entire GeoExplorer 2008 series, including the GeoXT and GeoXM handhelds, are equipped with a high-resolution 3.5 inch VGA (480 x 640 pixel) display. This high-quality display, along with its rugged design and extended battery life, gives field workers a clear and crisp view of all maps and allows them to keep working all day, regardless of weather conditions.

Powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile version 6 operating system, users have the flexibility to select any mobile GIS or field application software that best meets their specific field requirements, whether it is off-the-shelf or a customized solution. In addition, access to the familiar Microsoft software suite, including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and Outlook Mobile, from the GeoExplorer 2008 series handhelds gives users the tools they need to maintain data integrity and effectively communicate with the office.

For enhanced connectivity, the GeoExplorer 2008 series' integrated GPS receiver gives users location information for navigation and data collection activities. With Bluetooth wireless technology the GeoExplorer 2008 series allows users to connect a cell phone for access to the Internet to receive real-time corrections from VRS networks as well as download background map data. Users can also connect to Bluetooth-enabled laser rangefinders, barcode scanners, and digital cameras to provide additional capabilities and increased productivity in the field.

The Trimble GeoExplorer 2008 series is available now through Trimble's Mapping & GIS distribution channel.

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