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NEW levels of monitoring and security against theft for high-value equipment assets is now available with the launch of a small, low cost location device that tightly integrates GPS and GSM technology in a very secure communication framework.

Developed by leading GPS technology innovator, Trimble, and available from TracIT Pacific , this new device is little larger than a white-board eraser.

Named TrimTrac, it enables cost-effective automatic position reporting with a 20 metre accuracy for vehicles, containers, machinery and many other high value items.

A key feature of the locator is that it requires no external antenna or connections - so it is easy to conceal. It comes in a durable, water-resistant housing and weighs only about 100g (3.6 oz) without batteries.

Power comes from four internal alkaline AA batteries which can last up to 90 days, or from an optional vehicle battery adapter module. The low power consumption is due to both GPS receiver and GSM modem being integrated on a single board, controlled by a common microprocessor.

The new TrimTrac locator was launched worldwide in Las Vegas in January and it is now available in Australia. The Australian launch will be at the Sydney CeBIT show in May.

Sole Australasian distributor, TracIT Pacific, is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals to market and support TrimTrac through non-exclusive territories. These licensed service providers will sell, install and program the devices to suit ongoing needs of individual end customers.

Says Martin Hewitt, CEO of Geo-Systems, the parent company of TracIT Pacific, "The application service providers may offer a hosting service within specialty segments of the market such as transport, contracting, engineering, mining, forestry, farming, insurance and the hire industry".

The new locator features personal on-demand polling, motion-based or scheduled reporting, and other enhanced query functions. Users can poll the unit in real-time to request current location on demand, or receive a regularly scheduled report.

The device can be configured to periodically log, but not report, current position to minimise communication costs. Programming can call for reporting on a daily or weekly schedule.

A full technical manual for TrimTrac is available and the unit will be supported by all necessary certifications and approvals.

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