By combining Trimble's expertise in Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and Nextel Communications' iDen network, the two companies have created the Trimble Construction Manager system. The new system, say its developers, allows users "to locate and manage assets at construction sites via Nextel handheld phones, and [to utilize] in-vehicle devices to optimize asset utilization and productivity of mobile assets."
The new system can, for example, deliver information to workers on jobsites — such as the location of assets, and can be used also for establishing "geo-fence" boundaries at the site and monitoring traffic.
In addition, users can download maps and site designs to a Nextel wireless phone in order to "view their current location superimposed on the design." This capability "enables workers to perform reconnaissance activities, such as inspecting terrain and visualizing how the site will be prepared."
The system is available on the ruggedized i605, i710, i730, i733, i736, i830, i833 and i860 digital camera phones.