Trimble and ESRI form strategic alliance for mobile GIS solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and REDLANDS, Calif., Feb. 20, 2002 — Trimble and ESRI announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to work on mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions.

The alliance brings together Trimble’s expertise in field-rugged handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and ESRI’s market- GIS software to expand the power of an enterprise GIS to an organizations’ mobile workers.

Mobile GIS addresses the needs of field inspectors, maintenance teams, utility crews, emergency repair workers, and many other field-workers who require timely access to enterprise GIS data in the field. Mobile GIS integrates GPS technology, portable hardware, and GIS software. To facilitate information to and from the field, these innovative solutions will leverage advances in wireless technology and the Internet. With mobile GIS, databases become directly accessible to field-based personnel whenever and wherever information is needed.

“In the past, companies were content just knowing their resources were ‘out there,’ in the field,” said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble’s mapping and GIS business segment. “Today the convergence of technology allows organizations to achieve greater operating efficiencies by knowing where every part of their enterprise is, in real time. Mobile GIS makes this happen by linking the office and field.”

“We believe that by leveraging Trimble’s expertise in the field, our users will be provided with more options and new mobile solutions,” said Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI. “This strategic alliance will also further expand the role of the mobile client in an organization’s GIS enterprise environment.”

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 http://www.esri.com.

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 http://www.trimble.com


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