Trimble Navigation Limited is a GPS technology company that integrates a wide range of positioning technologies such as laser, optical and inertial technologies to produce several useful products. Most of Trimble products enable customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster.
Today, Trimble products are popular in more than 100 countries around the world. It has 2,400 employees spread across 18 countries, and a network of dealers and distribution partners to serve and support the customers. It is indeed a long way the company has come since the time Charlie Trimble and two other founders established it in 1978.
The company began by focusing on marine navigation. But soon the GPS technology caught Charlie Trimble’s visionary eye and he purchased an evolving GPS technology from Hewlett Packard with the intention of using it for enhanced navigation in all spheres. After this, there was no looking back. The company unleashed a range of GPS products that revolutionized the use of commercial, consumer and military applications.
Trimble was also responsible for taking GPS out of the military camps and making it useful for the common man. For over 25 years now, Trimble has created unique positioning products that help customers grow their business. Its portfolio includes over 700 patents and serves as the basis for the broadest positioning offerings in the industry. Trimble augments its product development with strategic acquisitions so as to stay ahead of competition.
Trimble was among the first companies to integrate GPS technology with communications technology. This enabled users to precisely locate anything on the face of the earth and also share information and messages. It is no surprise to find Trimble products in cars, airplanes, construction equipment, farm machinery, laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and more. Its products are also market leaders in the field of oil-drilling surveys, marine navigation applications and software mapping.
Besides this, Trimble's Inmarsat-C GPS system enables long-haul trucks and ships to keep in touch with home, share forecasts about arrival times, and coordinate critically-timed cargo handoffs.
Today after several mergers, buy off and corporate evolutions one thing about Trimble still remains the same -- and that is its focus on cutting edge technology and its ability to be innovative. Whether it is the dispatch and tracking of emergency vehicles, survey or building of roads, mapping of earthquake damage or recording of international financial transactions, there's a bit of Trimble every where.