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Trimble Introduce a New Lightbar System

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Trimble  (NASDAQ: TRMB) today introduced a new lightbar system designed for first-time Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance users, as well as veteran operators who may want to transition to assisted steering for their agriculture operations—the AgGPS EZ-Guide 250 lightbar guidance system. The EZ-Guide 250 system allows vehicle operators to steer tractors, sprayers, fertilizer applicators, harvesters and other farm vehicles with consistent pass-to-pass accuracy to help save fuel, increase efficiency and reduce input costs for field operations. The new system features a 4.3 inch colour LCD display that provides real-time "where-applied" coverage mapping and the capability for advanced, easy-to-use guidance patterns. 

"With the introduction of the AgGPS EZ-Guide 250 lightbar system, Trimble has set a new standard for affordable guidance solutions," said Erik Arvesen, general manager of Trimble's Agricultural Division. "The new entry-level system is economical and packed with features, costing considerably less than comparable solutions available today from any manufacturer."

Features of the Trimble EZ-Guide 250 lightbar system include:

  • Easy out-of-the-box operation with 15 bright guidance LEDs and a simple colour user interface.
  • High-performance guidance graphics that have only been available with more costly displays.
  • FreeForm guidance pattern that allows operators to work in different patterns and shapes that best fit the layout and contours of a specific field.
  • OnPath Advanced Filter Technology that provides consistent accuracy in areas where some satellites may be obstructed.
  • Built-in GPS receiver that is fully integrated with the EZ-Guide 250 system's display, making it easy to move between farm vehicles.
  • Built-in USB port that allows users to record their day’s work and transfer it via flash drive to their office computer for generating printed maps and reports.
  • Rugged-cast aluminium housing that provides reliable operation and durability, especially when quickly moving the EZ-Guide 250 system to and from vehicles.
  • Upgrade options that include the AgGPS EZ-Steer 500 assisted steering system with T2 terrain compensation technology and the AG15 high-accuracy antenna.

For assisted steering applications, users can expand the capabilities of the new Trimble EZ-Guide 250 with an AgGPS EZ-Steer 500 system, which can cost much less than similar products on the market today. The system's open architecture also offers farmers greater portability on mixed-fleet farms. This simplifies farmers' purchasing decisions and shortens their learning curves while protecting their precision farming investments over the years.

With the new AgGPS EZ-Guide 250, Trimble has extended the entry point of its "good-better-best" range of guidance displays. These now include the entry-level AgGPS EZ-Guide 250, mid-range AgGPS EZ-Guide 500 and high-functioning AgGPS FieldManager display.

The EZ-Guide 250 lightbar system includes a low-profile patch antenna and provides submeter accuracy. With the optional AG15 antenna the EZ-Guide 250 provides pass-to-pass accuracy of 6-8 inches using WAAS/EGNOS corrections. The AgGPS EZ-Guide 250 system is expected to be available in March 2008 from Trimble resellers.

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