SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the latest version of its smart water and wastewater management software—Trimble® Connect™ version 1.5. The latest release of the cloud-based software includes a suite of applications that help water and wastewater utilities to deploy smart meters, repair leaks and reduce non-revenue water (NRW), locate and map critical infrastructure using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, extend the life of aging assets, and improve worker safety and productivity. Trimble Connect software version 1.5 can be configured and deployed quickly on a variety of rugged mobile devices, laptops, tablets and smartphones to automate field workflows and eliminate paper-based maps and field work tracking and management. Over the last decade, water and wastewater utilities have made investments in GIS mapping systems and asset maintenance management databases to manage their pipes and assets that are installed over large geographic areas. A large number of these utilities have implemented the Esri® ArcGIS® as their primary GIS mapping system. Maintenance of the information is an ongoing task and requires that information about the location of assets and the work performed on these facilities is accurately collected in the field. Trimble Connect helps with this challenge by integrating Esri ArcGIS technology and allowing utilities to view and update maps, assign work, manage workflows and collect field data and mapping updates using a variety of mobile devices. 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, helping dramatically improve the quality of their critical infrastructure GIS and asset management data. Trimble Connect integrates the latest Esri ArcGIS Server, mobile and ArcGIS Online map services. The software is designed to automate a variety of specific water and wastewater industry workflows through individual "apps" offered within the product. The new version provides standard core apps including Map Book, Meter Changeout, Leak Repair, Manhole Inspector, and Pipeline Mapper. In addition, 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.