3D mobile mapping firm GeoSLAM and LiDAR scanning and monitoring tech firm 3D Laser Mapping have announced a global merger that seems likely to produce a force to be reckoned with in the 3D scanning space.
GeoSLAM’s success is based around its CSIRO-developed SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) technology, which excels in indoor and underground applications to deliver accurate 3D mapping and modeling capabilities without relying on GPS.
3D Laser Scanning is a heavy-hitter in the LiDAR world, with its mature ROBIN systems for terrestrial, manned and unmanned aircraft-borne scanning platforms.
The newly merged companies will trade as GeoSLAM Ltd, with shareholders agreeing to the merger in order to ‘take advantage of new world market opportunities, increased R&D capability and ensure greater market reach.’
Adrian Turner, CEO of CSIRO’s Data61 suggested that the merger signified a new direction for GeoSLAM.
“We’re proud to have been a part of the GeoSLAM story so far and are looking forward to collaborating on its next chapter, providing data analytics and prediction capabilities to support its growth trajectory. The merger with 3D Laser Mapping will accelerate the business into the geospatial data analytics domain, which has potential to reinvent industries worldwide,” he said.
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3D Laser Mapping founder Graham Hunter welcomed the opportunity for a strengthened relationship with the CSIRO following the merger’s announcement.
“This merger will combine the best of the two leading organisations with strong global coverage. They both have very different skill sets with GeoSLAM specialising in global sales, marketing and distribution, whilst 3D Laser Mapping bringing advanced R&D capabilities. This will enable the new organisation to supply next generation leading products worldwide,” he said.
“The contribution of CSIRO since the formation of GeoSLAM in 2012, has been significant in creating the market for handheld mobile mapping and I look forward to strengthening our relationship through this merger.”
The new GeoSLAM has offices located in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.