Trimble Teams with Ryder to Equip the UK Ministry of Defence Fleet in Germany

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sep. 3, 2014 – Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has teamed with Ryder, a leader in commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance. Ryder provides and manages the fleet of administrative vehicles for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) based in Germany. As part of a four-year agreement, Ryder has equipped the MoD with Trimble’s field service management solutions to more efficiently manage its fleet utilization, reduce costs and improve driver safety.

Trimble was selected following Ryder’s new contract in 2013 as the Service Provider for “Project Roc,” under which Ryder provides the overall fleet management and leasing services for approximately 1,500 of the MoD’s administrative transport vehicles throughout Germany. Trimble’s GeoManager® Fleet Management, Driver Safety and vehicle diagnostics solutions were selected following a recommendation from the MoD in the United Kingdom, where the benefits of the Trimble’s fleet service management technology have been proven across its fleet of vehicles under “Project Phoenix.”

With the majority of vehicles driven across Europe as well as in Germany, the Trimble GeoManager Fleet Management provides Ryder and the MoD with real-time visibility into day-to-day fleet operations, enabling them to identify, manage and improve key areas such as vehicle utilization, maintenance planning and customer service to optimize the overall cost of transport by reducing fleet size, spot hire spend, fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

In addition, Ryder has implemented Trimble Driver Safety to enable the MoD to review driving behavior across its fleet. In-vehicle diagnostics has also been incorporated to provide real-time data so information can be drawn directly from the vehicle. Diagnostics information includes receiving fault codes and alerts about engine-related issues, and obtaining real-time data on fuel consumption so exact fuel use can be monitored. By efficiently managing its vehicles through vehicle diagnostics, Ryder and the MoD will be able to better manage their assets, extend vehicle life, and increase productivity and performance, including reducing the risk of mechanical failures.

“Ryder has a 25 year history of leasing vehicles to the MoD, a long-term success based on delivering outstanding customer service and providing the best technology available to support that is crucial,” said Paul Probert, director, Dedicated Delivery Solutions at Ryder. “Trimble’s robust suite of scalable and comprehensive solutions was the natural first choice. Its capabilities will allow the MoD in Germany to accurately manage and report on all aspects of its fleet, leading to increased productivity and reduced operating costs.”

“We are excited to partner with Ryder to assist the MoD in this extensive project,” said John Cameron, general manager of Trimble’s Field Service Management Division. “Along with providing state-of-the-art telematics solutions, Trimble is focused on delivering valued customer support. For Project Roc, we executed an extremely efficient rollout and equipped all 1,500 vehicles with Trimble technology in just three months.”

About Ryder

Ryder Europe was established in 1971 and has grown through acquisition and organic development into a sizeable force in transportation with a fleet of more than 24,500 trucks and trailers. The European business focuses on commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance operating from 30 locations with dedicated delivery solutions operating across a further 23 locations.

Ryder Europe is part of Ryder System, Inc. a Fortune 500 provider of leading-edge transportation solutions worldwide, founded in Miami, Florida in 1933. For more information, visit:
About Trimble’s Field Service Management Division

Trimble’s Field Service Management Division provides visibility into field and fleet operations so businesses can streamline efficiency and increase productivity. The Field Service Management suite includes Fleet Management, Work Management and Scheduling, Worker Safety and Mobility solutions that transform the effectiveness of work, workers and assets in the field. The cloud-based portfolio allows Trimble to offer customers industry-specific, enterprise-level solutions for exceptional performance and ease of use.

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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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