Trimble Collaborates with ng Connect on the Connected Service Vehicle Demo

Tue Jan 8, 2013 6:30am EST

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ThingMagic RFID Technology Featured in ng Connect Showcase at CES in Las Vegas
January 8-11
SUNNYVALE, Calif.,  Jan. 8, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB)
announced today that its ThingMagic  Mercury6 (M6) RFID Reader  will be part of
the  ng Connect Program's  Connected Service Vehicle, which showcases a full
suite of cloud-based services designed to deliver office productivity to
vehicle-based workers. In this concept vehicle, the ThingMagic reader will be
used to support work order based inventory management and tool tracking
applications to illustrate aspects of a typical service visit.  

The ng Connect Program, founded by  Alcatel-Lucent  (EURONEXT and NYSE: ALU), is
a multi-industry ecosystem dedicated to the creation of the new generation
connected user experience. ng Connect is comprised of more than 190 Contributing
and Associate member companies including leading network, consumer electronics,
application and content providers. Twelve proof of concept demos will be
featured this year in the Alcatel-Lucent CES booth.

As a collaborating member of the ng Connect program, Trimble is providing the
development platform for in-vehicle RFID solutions and sensor technology for
high-volume commercial, industrial and enterprise applications. Achievements in
the automotive market include receiving the Ford World Excellence Award for
contributions to a first-to-market RFID-enabled solution designed to help
contractors track and manage their tools.   

"We're honored to join the ecosystem of innovative, market-shaping companies in
the ng Connect program," said  Bernd Schoner, vice president of business
development at Trimble's ThingMagic Division. "Using the vehicle as the basic
point of data capture can enhance productivity. Uploading asset information from
the vehicle to a central data aggregation layer for anywhere, anytime
consumption by a variety of applications is the future."

The new connected user experience will be unveiled at the 2013 Consumer
Electronics Show,  January 8-11, in  Las Vegas  in the Alcatel-Lucent Booth

About The ng Connect Program

The ng Connect Program is dedicated to the creation of the new generation
connected user experience. With its dynamic multi-industry membership,
Alcatel-Lucent's Gravity Centers and Global Customer Innovation Program, the
organization drives relevance and new business models through innovation.
Founded by Alcatel-Lucent, ng Connect is comprised of more than 190 members
including leading network, consumer electronics, application and content
providers. For a full list of members please visit:  and for more information on the ng
Connect Program, visit: Follow Twitter at:

About Trimble's ThingMagic Division

Trimble's ThingMagic Division is a leading provider of UHF RFID reader engines,
development platforms and design services for a wide range of applications.
ThingMagic develops products for demanding high-volume applications and provides
consulting and design services to create solutions for challenging applications.
ThingMagic's customers include some of the world's largest industrial automation
firms, manufacturers, automotive companies, retailers, and consumer companies.
Located in  Cambridge, Massachusetts, the ThingMagic business was founded in
2000 by a group of visionary PhD graduates from  Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's Media Lab. ThingMagic is "The Engine in RFID".  

For more information, visit:  

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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SOURCE  Trimble

Bill McLaughlin, Lois Paul & Partners for ThingMagic, +1-617-986-5753,; or Lea Ann McNabb, Trimble, +1-408-481-7808,; or Willa McManmon, +1-408-481-7838,; or Alcatel-Lucent, Denise Panyik-Dale,
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