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Trimble announces recent acquisition

Trimble recently announced that it has acquired privately held Advanced Public Safety, Inc. (APS) of Deerfield Beach, Florida, in an all-cash transaction. APS is a software development company that creates mobile and handheld software products used by law enforcement, fire-rescue and other public safety agencies. APS’ software provides real-time information to police officers via in-vehicle computers and handheld mobile computing devices to improve safety, productivity and accuracy. APS’ Virtual Partner voice software for in-vehicle computers automates data query processes by responding to voice commands and reading critical information to an officer. With the APS acquisition, Trimble plans to leverage its Tripod Data Systems’ (TDS) rugged mobile computing devices and Trimble Mobile Solutions’ (TMS) fleet management systems to provide complete mobile resource solutions for the public safety industry. APS will be reported within Trimble’s Mobile Solutions business segment. Trimble expects the acquisition to be accretive in 2006.