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New Spectra Precision Theodolite from Trimble Features Dual-sided LCD

Full Featured Digital Electronic Theodolite Designed for General Construction Applications

Karlsruhe, Germany (September 22, 2009) -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the new Spectra Precision® DET-2 Theodolite. The DET-2 is a rugged, cost-effective digital electronic theodolite that provides accurate horizontal and vertical angle measurements for general construction applications. The versatile instrument is easy-to-use when turning angles and setting elevations and lines.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO 2009, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

With an angular accuracy of 2 seconds, the DET-2 provides the accuracy required for a variety of construction jobs. The display resolution can be tailored to the operator’s preferences for fast readings. A tilt sensor compensates the vertical axis, providing a high level of accuracy on horizontal measurements. When high-accuracy vertical angle measuring is required, the vertical compensation can be turned off. Dual, back-lit LCD’s with extra large characters make angle readings easy-to-see in all light conditions and reduce eye fatigue.

A simple six-button keypad provides quick setups and intuitive operation with a low operator learning curve. The DET-2 is fully customizable for the user’s preferred operating style or job, with programmable settings for the horizontal angle resolution, 90-degree angle beep, and vertical angle display in degrees or percentage.

The DET-2 includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger. A backup alkaline pack holding 4 standard AA batteries is also included to eliminate downtime if additional power is needed to complete a job.

The Spectra Precision DET-2 theodolite is available now through Trimble’s Construction and Construction Tools dealer networks.

About Trimble’s Construction Business

Trimble’s Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for both the heavy and highway contractor and the building construction contractor. Trimble’s solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including GPS, construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet, and application software. As part of Trimble’s Connected Site™ strategy, these solutions provide a high-level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project—delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.

About Trimble

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.

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