SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 18, 2010 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today it has formed a new industry solutions group within its Mapping & GIS Division. The new group, known as the Market Solutions Team, will work with strategic customers in key industries such as utilities, natural resources, transportation and municipal government to develop advanced data use solutions for field workers involved in the collection, management and utilization of geospatial information.
Over the last 30 years, Trimble has developed a portfolio of market-leading hardware and software products focused on the field data collection of fixed assets using Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Today, the success of these products has led to the need for a complementary set of solutions for an ever-growing number of field workers who leverage those assets in their daily business operations. “Over the next 10-12 years, our company plans to roll out GIS and GPS applications for managing our geospatial assets to many field workers who previously worked with pen and paper,” said Erik Henderson, project manager, Mobile GIS for CSX Corporation, one of the largest freight railroads in North America. “These hardware and software solutions must be simple to use, easy to maintain and tailored to the specific needs of our employees.”
The Market Solutions Team will work closely with customers in selected industries to deliver easy-to-use and customized GPS and GIS solutions. By leveraging Trimble’s broad range of existing hardware and software products, as well as solutions from the division’s strong business partner community, the team can prototype solutions using technology that is best suited to meet the customers’ needs. The ultimate goal is to deliver innovative solutions that improve the efficiency of the field workforce and foster the development of new products that can be distributed through Trimble’s global network of authorized Mapping & GIS resellers.
The Market Solutions Team will focus initially on projects in North America where Trimble has identified a number of opportunities to collaborate with organizations that have large numbers of field workers managing geospatial information. The team will also work in conjunction with the UK-based Trimble Professional Services (TPS) group already focused on the European market.
“The Market Solutions Team will provide an advantage to our customers who realize that providing geo-enabled solutions to their field workers can result in a significant return on investment,” said Peter Large, general manager of Trimble’s Mapping & GIS Division. “The new group’s industry experience, background in positioning technology, and focus on solving customer problems are important criteria for delivering compelling applications of geospatial technology in the field, such as planning and design, asset management and inspection, and mobile GIS.”
To learn more about Trimble’s new Market Solutions Team, visit www.trimble.com/mgis/market_solutions or email Email Contact.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government 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: www.trimble.com
Lea Ann McNabb