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Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS announce OEM partnership

Today, Hemisphere GPS and
CLAAS Agrosystems announced a new OEM development agreement whereby Hemisphere
GPS will develop next generation precision farming solutions for integration
into CLAAS machinery.  The two companies are combining their expertise to
develop new intelligent machine control solutions including precise guidance,
advanced automated steering, application controls, and remote data management.  The
multi-year partnership includes co-development funding to Hemisphere GPS for
customized engineering of Hemisphere GPS technology to CLAAS specifications.  CLAAS
Agrosystems, a company belonging to the global CLAAS Group agricultural
equipment manufacturer, currently offers optional installation of Hemisphere
GPS guidance products as part of their GPS Pilot automated steering solution
portfolio.  Under the new agreement, Hemisphere GPS precision farming
solutions will be introduced over the next several years as a factory
installation on CLAAS machinery as well as aftermarket products throughout CLAAS’
distribution network.

 "We celebrate the expansion of our strategic partnership into a
joint development agreement that will provide CLAAS customers with the most
advanced integrated precision farming solutions available,” says Dr. Jens
Moeller, Managing Director of CLAAS Agrosystems. "Our successful on-going
partnership with Hemisphere GPS has spanned ten years and we are pleased to
evolve this to a closer strategic relationship. Our combined innovative
capabilities will continue to improve farming efficiency for CLAAS customers
for years to come."

Hemisphere GPS’ patented innovative technologies will become the backbone for
the next generation of precision farming solutions for CLAAS. Hemisphere GPS’s
new Eclipse™ GNSS with GLONASS will deliver robust centimetre-level positioning
from Hemisphere GPS’ proven guidance technology utilized for precise
applications. Accurate and reliable automated steering features are possible
through Hemisphere GPS’ Celestia® machine control architecture.  In
addition to increasing the efficiency and ease of overall field operations, the
combined efforts of Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS will also drive improvements for
the most demanding farm practices including high precision planting, strip
tilling and bedding. Farmers using the new systems from CLAAS will experience
more uniform treatments, improved yields, reduced waste, and fuel conservation
all with much less operator fatigue.

"We are proud to have been selected as CLAAS’ technology partner for the
next generation of precision farming solutions," stated Steven Koles,
President and CEO at Hemisphere GPS. "  We worked very hard to
achieve top supplier status with CLAAS and our team delivered the results
required to meet CLAAS’ requirements to win this program. Our new agreement
with a global agriculture machinery leader like CLAAS provides valuable long
term growth for Hemisphere GPS and improves operating profits for agricultural
producers around the globe.”

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