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GPS Systems and More

Trimble Inc. is an American company with multinational operations specializing in hardware and software solutions for diverse industries, including agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation. Its products include advanced GPS systems, 3D modeling software, farm management tools, construction project management software, UAVs, and several other products and services. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq.

Early Days and Commercial Success

Trimble was founded in 1978 by Charles Trimble along with two partners from Hewlett-Packard, and initially operated over a small movie theatre in Los Altos, California. The idea was relatively simple but would go on to become a massive success: Trimble would go on to utilize the then-emerging GPS technology for commercial applications. At the time, GPS was primarily used by the military, and Trimble's venture represented a significant shift towards civilian and commercial use. The company has been a pioneer in GPS technology throughout the years, growing organically as well as making several key acquisitions over the years in order to broaden its portfolio and areas of operations. Today the company is still an expert in GPS technology but provides a much more comprehensive portfolio of products and services.

GPS Experts

Trimble's GPS product offerings are diverse, catering to a wide range of industries. The company specializes in high-precision GPS receivers that provide accurate location data, essential for professionals in industries such as construction, agriculture, and land management. Trimble also offers GPS solutions for vehicle and fleet tracking, as well as navigation systems for marine and aviation sectors. In agriculture, its products are used in farm automation and resource management. Overall, Trimble's GPS offerings focus on accuracy and reliability in sectors where this is absolutely paramount.

Some companies with similar portfolios and offerings include Hexagon, Garmin, and several privately held businesses.

Other Products and Services

Beyond GPS technology, Trimble's product range extends across several sectors. In construction, they offer building information modeling (BIM) software, 3D modeling tools, and laser-based survey equipment. For the agriculture sector, Trimble provides precision farming tools that integrate data collection, analysis, and automation that effectively improve crop management and yield. In transportation and logistics, the company offers fleet management software and telematics solutions, as well as software for resource and workforce management for various industries.