Trimble and Condor Earth Technologies to Provide Real-Time GPS Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SONORA, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB - news) and Condor Earth Technologies, Inc. announced today that they will exclusively work together to provide real-time Global Positioning System (GPS)-based systems for monitoring large engineered structures and natural hazards. The systems are used for monitoring the structural integrity of dams, bridges, buildings, oil platforms and power facilities as well as the movement of landslides, volcanoes and other natural hazards.

Real-time GPS 3D monitoring technology provides scientists, engineers, facility managers, as well as others tasked with monitoring structural integrity or natural hazard movement, valuable lead-time to mitigate potentially hazardous situations. The technology also eliminates the need for costly, time-intensive data postprocessing.

Condor's 3D Tracker® is a state-of-the-art software package that will use Trimble's survey grade GPS receivers to compute real-time millimeter-level 3D positions. Data from GPS receivers located on the target structure is transferred via modem, wireless radio or network connection to a personal computer which processes the data in real-time. The 3D positions are reported through an easy-to-understand graphical-user-interface (GUI) at an office location. The GUI consists of a series of maps, charts and numerical outputs that provide comprehensive information for each site monitored.

The Condor system has been specifically designed for robust performance and continuous operation. Once configured, the monitoring system runs unattended and requires little maintenance. The software provides immediate notification by pager, e-mail or cell phone when motion thresholds are exceeded. Operators can have full remote control over the system from anywhere in the world. The result is a cost-effective 3D monitoring solution for a wide range of applications.

Condor's 3D Tracker system has been quickly adopted by some of the largest utilities, private industry and government agencies in North America.

"Condor is an established engineering and geotechnical company with 20 years of experience in system integration and instrumentation," said Bryn Fosburgh, division vice president of land survey for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "Combining Trimble's receivers with Condor's 3D Tracker software allows both companies to offer sophisticated and reliable GPS-based deformation systems to the market."

Barry Hillman, president of Condor, stated "We are extremely pleased to have established a long-term working relationship with Trimble to provide advanced real-time GPS monitoring solutions for large civil infrastructure."

About Condor Earth Technologies, Inc.

Condor Earth Technologies, Inc. is an engineering and earth sciences organization providing diversified products and services to industry and government. Our staff consists of more than 100 professionals with backgrounds in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, geology, hydrology, planning, construction materials testing, surveying, and GIS. Condor provides real-time survey, mapping, data collection and monitoring services and products.

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About Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division

The combination of Trimble and Spectra Precision, the world leaders in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Engineering and Construction Division of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of machine control, surveying, and construction instruments. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.

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, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, 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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