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November 12, 2014
Airborne Hydrography Awarded Best Optics and Photonics Company

Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 12, 2014—Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), an affiliate company of Leica Geosystems that works closely with the Geospatial Solutions Division, is the winner of this year’s PhotonicSweden industry award for its contribution to the field of photonics, including the development and marketing of an airborne measurement system based on LIDAR technology and the company’s technological strength and successful business development. The prize was handed to CTO Andreas Axelsson at a ceremony, which took place today at the Optics and Photonics Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Each year, the renowned organisation, PhotonicSweden, awards a prize for the year’s best company in optics and photonics, in terms of both business and technological advancement.

The jury’s motivation:

AHAB is a Swedish company with cutting-edge technology within the field of photonics, that develops and markets airborne measurement system based on LIDAR technology. The company’s technology makes it possible to quickly and efficiently map land topography in 3 dimensions. It has also developed a unique technology to create 3-dimensional images of ocean and lake bottoms. The system sends out laser pulses and uses advanced optoelectronics to collect the reflected pulses. AHAB has also developed its own advanced algorithms and software to convert the optical measurement signal to geometric information. The systems are used to measure coastal erosion, for example, but can also be used to create charts.

During the past year, AHAB has launched a new generation of systems, Hawkeye III, with even better performance. Meanwhile, the company has significantly increased turnover and sales. By combining advanced optoelectronics, in the form of laser scanners, multi-sensor technology and signal processing, AHAB has managed to create a measurement system that, at an international comparison, is at the forefront and has thus shown what is possible to achieve today within remote geo-measurement technology.

 About PhotonicSweden 

PhotonicSweden is an economic association which was founded in 2011 in order to unify the community of the Swedish optics and photonics, including companies, R&D organisations, academia and competence centre in order to strengthen the field. PhotonicSweden enables a stronger collaboration of industry and science and is the voice towards the national and international community in optics and photonics. .

About Airborne Hydrography

Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB) develops and markets airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic and topographic surveys. The key products are the Chiroptera and HawkEye III bathymetric survey systems and the DragonEye topographic survey system. AHAB is part of Hexagon and works closely with its affiliate company Leica Geosystems on Geospatial Solutions.

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, analyse, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyse easily, and visualise 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 3,800 employees in 33 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, Sweden.


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