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February 26, 2014
Hexagon Acquires German UAS Maker

Kassel, Germany-based Aibotix, recently acquired by Hexagon, makes the Aibot X6 UAS shown here.

Hexagon, a global provider of design, measurement and visualization solutions, acquired Aibotix, the maker of the Aibot X6, a multirotor, vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

The Aibot X6 is designed to suit the needs of customers in the industrial inspection, aerial mapping, surveying, utility and security markets. UAS-based solutions are ideal for delivering up-to-date geospatial information and aiding in hard-to-reach areas, from difficult infrastructure inspections of power lines, bridges and dams to locally focused mapping tasks of buildings or any vertical structure.

UASs quickly are becoming a viable tool for key market segments that require application-specific solutions; the UAS becomes an integral part of the workflow process, delivering essential pieces of information that drive actionable intelligence.

"The Aibotix acquisition is an important addition to Hexagon's photogrammetric and mapping technologies portfolio," said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. "The growing number of applications for [UAS-based] solutions offers huge growth potential, especially in areas that require frequent and local updates such as smart city applications, dynamic GIS and emergency response."

Image courtesy of Aibotix.

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