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June 12, 2013
Leica Geosystems Acquires Geosoft

Heerbrugg, Switzerland, June 5, 2013—Leica Geosystems strengthens position in mobile mapping by acquiring Geosoft S.r.l., an Italian based software and hardware company, founded in 1988, that specializes in modular cartography, digital photogrammetry and mobile mapping solutions.

Geosoft leveraged its experience in cartography and photogrammetry by developing and selling its own mobile mapping system for highway asset management and planning based on its software portfolio. Geosoft’s mobile mapping system includes cameras and a LiDAR sensor completed by a software solution that includes data acquisition, calibration, post-processing, viewing, editing and storage modules. The solution is vehicle independent requiring no modifications to the vehicle – it is compatible with Leica Geosystems’ qualified terrestrial scanners making this solution ideal for leveraging existing scanner assets.

“The market for mobile data acquisition will expand massively in the next few years,” said Juergen Dold, CEO, Leica Geosystems, “applications such as GIS tagging of road signs and markings, mapping of a road/rail corridor for clearances, and documenting city compliance for outdoor advertising, will increase the need for mobile mapping. And now our customers can use their existing equipment to make their business mobile and extend their business at the speed of traffic.”

With its unique industry-leading GUI, users of Geosoft’s mobile mapping system can navigate visually through their collected images, as both the imagery and point cloud are calibrated together – and clicking in one immediately provides access to the data in the other. The simplicity of the GUI together with the detailed access to the point cloud makes this platform ideal for all user levels.  Adding GIS metadata or calculating distances can be done easily on the fly.

Geosoft, based in Pordenone, Italy, will become part of Leica Geosystems’ Geospatial Division.

For more information about Leica Geosystems’ mobile mapping solutions please visit: http://www.leica-geosystems.com/mobilemapping

About Leica Geosystems’ Airborne Solutions
With over 80 years of experience, Leica Geosystems is a global leader in the design, delivery and support of airborne digital and LiDAR sensors for the geospatial marketplace. Along with the well-known Leica RC30, Leica Geosystems’ airborne sensor portfolio today includes a wide range of innovative technologies and products such as the Leica RCD30 series of medium format digital frame cameras, the Leica ADS pushbroom sensors, the Leica ALS LiDAR series, and the Leica IPAS GNSS/IMU solutions.

Following the acquisition of Intergraph by Hexagon in 2010, Hexagon Geosystems’ newly formed Geospatial Solutions Division has brought together Leica Geosystems Airborne Sensors and Z/I Imaging. Committed to continued innovation on all major product lines, the combined airborne sensor portfolio includes the widest range of medium and large format imaging as well as LiDAR technologies and offers a choice of sensor for every application. A full suite of software from flight planning to post-processing provides end-to-end workflow for high accuracy orthophoto generation, feature extraction and map production. In addition, Hexagon Geosystems operates a global network of customer service and support centers to ensure highest productivity around the clock.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

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