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December 4, 2013

GIS fuels mobile, cloud-based software for water utilities



Trimble releases latest version of its Connect software

Trimble Navigation Ltd. on Tuesday released a new version of its cloud-based software and mobile apps for smart water and wastewater management, fueled by GIS technology.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based, publicly owned Trimble said the latest release of cloud-based Trimble Connect version 1.5 software includes a suite of applications that help water and wastewater utilities deploy smart meters, repair leaks and reduce non-revenue water (NRW), locate and map critical infrastructure using GIS technology, extend the life of aging assets, and improve worker safety and productivity.

Water and wastewater utilities have made investments over the last decade in GIS mapping systems to manage pipes and other assets installed over large geographic areas, Trimble explained.

A large number of these utilities are using Esri ArcGIS as their primary GIS mapping system, so Trimble integrated the Esri ArcGIS-based web service, mobile GIS mapping and ArcGIS Online basemaps into Connect v1.5.

This allows utility workers to automate field workflows and eliminate paper-based maps and field work tracking and management using a variety of rugged mobile devices, including Apple iOS and Windows-based laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The new version provides standard apps including Map Book, Meter Changeout, Leak Repair, Manhole Inspector, and Pipeline Mapper. An optional partner app developed for hydrant and valve inspection, called AFC Mapper, can be purchased from American Flow Control (AFC) and their distributors, coupled with a Trimble rugged handheld.

For instance, when used with a rugged, Trimble GeoExplorer series or Trimble Juno T41G series handheld, workers can map assets with up to decimeter accuracy in the field, the company said.

Trimble had $2 billion in 2012 revenue from sales of positioning technologies – GPS, lasers and optics – for applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping.

Last month, Trimble reported a 10 percent increase in third quarter revenue to $556.5 million on a 17 percent jump in net income to $101.9 million, or $0.39 earnings per share.

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