1 December 2014. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is pleased to announce that Trimble has raised its membership level from Technical Committee level to Principal level.

As a Principal Member, Trimble will participate in OGC's Planning Committee to explore market and technology trends relevant to OGC's mission to assure that OGC's policies and procedures remain effective and agile in a changing technology environment. As a member of the Planning Committee, Trimble will participate in final approval decisions for all OGC standards and for nominations to the Board of Directors.

“OGC's standards work continues to broaden to support convergence and information integration between the geospatial, civil engineering and AEC disciplines as well as sensors, navigation and mobile communications. Broad convergence of these domains is extremely important if we are to improve our ability to address increasingly complex challenges facing cities and communities today and into the future. Trimble's participation in the OGC Planning Committee as a Principal member will undoubtedly help influence OGC's understanding of the market and the future direction of enabling standards,” said Mark Reichardt, President and CEO of the OGC.

Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President responsible for Trimble's Construction Technologies Division, said, “We are extremely pleased to be part of the OGC's Planning Committee and we look forward to collaborating with this consortium of companies, government agencies, research organizations and universities. We believe we can bring significant industry and technology experience to participate in the consensus process and support the creation of geospatial standards that that can empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services more accessible and useful.”

About Trimble

Trimble provides positioning solutions enabling professionals in engineering and construction, surveying, agriculture, fleet management and field service to be more productive by revolutionizing their work processes. Trimble is transforming the way work is done through the application of innovative positioning. Trimble uses GPS, lasers, optical, and inertial technologies, as well as wireless communications and application specific software to provide complete solutions that link positioning to productivity. Trimble products are used in over 100 countries around the world. Employees in more than 21 countries, coupled with a highly capable network of dealers and distribution partners serve and support our customers.

About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 500 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location based services and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.