ESRI to resell Trimble’s GeoExplorer CE series

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDLANDS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2002 – Building on the companies’ strategic alliance to develop mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions, Trimble said that ESRI will begin reselling Trimble’s GeoExplorer® CE series with its ArcPad 6.0 mobile GIS software.

The GeoExplorer CE series is the world’s first Windows CE device with an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

The GeoExplorer CE series is a rugged, portable and powerful handheld device. Featuring ESRI’s ArcPad 6.0 mobile solution GIS software and Trimble’s GPScorrect software extension, the GeoExplorer CE sets a new standard for field mapping and mobile GIS applications.

“Together with ESRI, we have been able to develop a complete mobile GIS solution,” said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble’s Field Solutions Division. “The GeoExplorer CE’s rugged design creates a durable GPS platform for enabling GIS activities in the field. It creates the capability to access your GIS and to use the information in the field.”

In early 2002, Trimble was selected to participate in ESRI’s Corporate Alliance Program. In February 2002, Trimble and ESRI announced the formation of a strategic alliance to develop Mobile GIS solutions. Mobile GIS addresses the needs of field inspectors, maintenance teams, utility crews, emergency repair workers, and other field workers who require timely access to GIS data in the field. Mobile GIS integrates GPS technology, GIS software, and portable, rugged field-ready hardware.

To facilitate the exchange of information to and from the field, these innovative solutions leverage advances in wireless technology and the Internet. With mobile GIS, databases become directly available to field-based personnel whenever and wherever information is needed.

“For a growing number of our users, their work constantly takes them out in the field,” said ESRI President Jack Dangermond. “What they need is the GIS and GPS tools integrated into a handheld device that can take a beating. Up on a telephone pole, at the edge of a forest fire, in a water treatment facility, the back of a tractor – these are not the places for laptops. Trimble’s GeoExplorer CE series takes the GIS out into the field where many of our users need it.”

GeoExplorer CE Series
Trimble’s GeoExplorer CE series combines the power of Microsoft’s Windows CE platform and a high-performance GPS receiver with integrated Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability in a lightweight, rugged handheld CE device. Windows CE connectivity gives the advantage of e-mail, Web browsing and access to Web map servers–all from the field.

Users can select model that best suits their needs. For example, the GeoXM provides 2-5 meter accuracy and integrates, reliable real-time corrected GPS into a mobile GIS handheld so databases become directly available to field-based personnel whenever and wherever geographic information in needed.

The GeoXT offers all the features of the GeoXM, plus a sub-meter receiver and Trimble’s EVEREST multipath rejection technology. This model is ideal for working in difficult environments such as under canopy, in urban canyons, or anywhere high accuracy data collection and maintenance is required.

For more information on the GeoExplorer CE series visit Trimble’s Website at: or ESRI’s Web site at:

About ESRI
For more than 30 years, ESRI has been a developer of GIS software with more than 300,000 clients worldwide. ESRI also provides consulting, implementation, and technical support services.

In addition to its headquarters in California, ESRI has regional offices throughout the United States, international distributors in more than 90 countries, and more than 1,200 business partners.

ESRI’s goal is to provide users with comprehensive tools to help them quickly and efficiently manage and use geographic information to make a real difference in the world around them. ESRI can be found on the Web at

About Trimble
Trimble is a provider 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, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit Trimble’s Web site at

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