Trimble introduces Nomad series of outdoor handheld computers

The announcement was made today at Trimble Dimensions 2010

Sunnyvale, Calif., November 8, 2010 — Trimble introduced today the next generation of the Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged handheld computers. The Nomad 900 series adds a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, enhanced GPS performance, and new Wi-Fi capabilities.

These new features, along with its rugged construction and computing power, make the Trimble Nomad 900 series ideal for mobile workers in forestry, public safety, surveying, construction, mapping, field service, utilities and other outdoor or service-related fields.

The announcement was made today at Trimble Dimensions 2010.

Powered by an ultra-fast 806 MHz processor and Trimble’s optimized graphics processing, advanced caching and proprietary high-speed journaling file system, the Trimble Nomad 900 series handhelds are some of the fastest Windows Mobile computers on the market today.

The 900 series offers top-of-the-line performance with a 5200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, up to 6 GB of Flash memory and a sunlight visible VGA touch screen display. The Trimble Nomad 900 series meets MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes and comes with an IP67 rating.

In addition, users can take advantage of the Trimble Nomad 900 series CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) slots to add more devices, such as SD/SDHC memory and RFID.

Trimble has designed the Nomad handheld to be the ultimate all-in-one computing device for asset management. With the Trimble Nomad 900 series handheld’s improved camera and flash, low light and night images are crisp and bright so that mobile workers can capture and geotag assets with confidence. Even the fine print associated with an asset, such as a fire inspection tag, can be easily read.

Tuned to maximize the integrated GPS receiver’s performance, the Trimble Nomad 900 series handheld has an enhanced antenna design which provides a rapid Time-to-First Fix (TTF) to improve GPS productivity in difficult GPS conditions. The handhelds ship with the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, featuring a redesigned user interface, enhanced security, simpler email and Bluetooth setup, and more.

“Reliability is a huge challenge for field-to-office connectivity which is a key reason that customers have chosen the Trimble Nomad handheld,” said Bill Martin, general manager for Trimble’s Mobile Computing Solutions Division. “With the addition of a higher resolution camera, enhanced GPS, as well as enhanced connectivity and security with Wi-Fi, the next generation Trimble Nomad handheld sets a new standard in rugged mobile computing, providing a highly dependable way to increase productivity through field-to-office connectivity.”

"Our customers depend on us to not only recommend a mobile device that meets their technical needs, but also one that's going to stand up to their rugged environments,” said Steve Leuschner, president of Cardinal Tracking, a Trimble authorized dealer. “The Trimble brand is synonymous with reliability and the Nomad series delivers on that promise. A complete and rich feature set and an unmatched ultra-rugged design is a win-win for Cardinal and our customers.”

The Trimble Nomad 900 series handhelds are available in a variety of configurations. The series features multiple language options including, English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified) and Spanish.

The series also features an auto-switching AC battery charger with four wall outlet adapters; and numerous certifications to compliance with international standards in the Americas, Europe and Asia ensure it is ready for worldwide use.

For GIS data collection and asset management activities, the Trimble Nomad 900G series handhelds are available in a variety of configurations. The 900G series feature a 6 GB of Flash storage ideal for field GIS applications with large geospatial datasets, and the GPS receiver enhancements in the 900G series allow GPS data to be postprocessed to an accuracy of 1 to 3 meters.

In addition, the Trimble Nomad 900G series handhelds are compatible with the entire portfolio of Trimble Mapping & GIS field and office software products. To support the international user community, operating system downloads for the 900G series are available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, as well as Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

The entire line of Trimble Nomad 900 and 900G series outdoor rugged handheld computers are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 from Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions and Mapping & GIS authorized distributors.

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