Reader accessory for handheld computer

Trimble announces radio frequency identification (RFID) accessory for Nomad handheld computer.

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) has announced the release of a new UHF RFID Reader accessory for its Nomad rugged handheld computer. Trimble Mobile Computing Solutions division and Trimble ThingMagic division, a developer of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, partnered to create the RFID Reader accessory for the Nomad handheld. The UHF RFID Reader accessory includes a mounting kit that allows users to add UHF RFID capability to their Trimble Nomad handheld computers. This Reader supports reading and writing of EPC Global Gen2 tags that are commonly used for asset management and inventory management. The UHF RFID Reader accessory is designed to withstand drops, vibration, humidity, extreme temperatures, and immersion, making it ideal for challenging environments.

“The Nomad has been a very successful rugged mobile platform, supplying field workers with a robust tool for data capture and navigation,” said Jim Sheldon, general manager of Trimble¹s Mobile Computing Solutions Division. “The RFID Reader further extends the Nomad's capabilities and offers enterprise management more options in its use.”

“Similar to the widespread integration of GPS into today¹s positioning solutions, we believe RFID can transform markets and is a natural complement to many Trimble solutions,” said Tom Grant, general manager of Trimble¹s ThingMagic Division. “Integrating high-performance RFID technology into high-value products like the Nomad delivers a strong platform for next generation productivity applications.”

The UHF RFID Reader is available in two variations, one of which is for use in Europe, and the other is for use in the USA, Canada and most of South America. The Reader is based on the best-in-class ThingMagic M5e Compact UHF RFID module, and includes device drivers and a Software Development Kit to enable systems integrators to add RFID capabilities to their mobile applications.

About Trimble¹s Nomad Handheld Computer

The Trimble Nomad handheld computer offers capabilities necessary for mobile workers, including barcode scanning, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, GPS receiver, 5 MP camera with geo-tagging and cellular WWAN. The Nomad handheld is used worldwide, with 10 different languages supported on its Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. Its ruggedness and durability have made it the handheld computer of choice for users with both physically and technically demanding tasks.

About Trimble’s Mobile Computing Solutions Division

Trimble¹s Mobile Computing Solutions Division offers innovative products that enable mobile workers to be more efficient in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. The Nomad, Recon, Ranger, and Yuma outdoor rugged handheld computers help users collect accurate field data and work more productively in any outdoor or service-related application. Trimble¹s handheld computers meet MIL-STD-810F military specifications for drops, vibration, immersion and temperature extremes, and with IP67 and IP68 ratings, are sealed against water and dust.

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