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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Hexagon Acquisition of GISquadrat GmbH Enhances Reach of Geospatial for Governments and Utilities in Europe
October 6th, 2016 by Susan Smith
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure acquired GISquadrat GmbH of Vienna, Austria. The acquisition is aimed at enhancing Hexagon’s geospatial, cloud and mobile solutions for governments and utility providers in Europe as well as bringing in more than 300 customers and thousands of users into the Hexagon fold.
A Hexagon partner prior to the acquisition, GISquadrat uses Hexagon software in the cloud to provide data capture and management services and applications, including task-specific field solutions for infrastructure networks and public services. GISquadrat’s Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions provide lower total cost of ownership for business-critical data.
The acquisition of GISquadrat expands Hexagon’s offerings for governments and utilities of all sizes. Existing Austrian customers as well as new customers coming on board will benefit from the combined solutions from the two companies.
Maximilian Weber, senior vice president EMEA, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the acquisition.
GISCafe Voice: Are you able to provide the financial details of the acquisition?
MW: No, we don’t provide financial details.
GISCafe Voice: Is this considered a significant acquisition?
MW: This acquisition is important for our business in Austria and also will enhance our suite of solutions for utilities and local governments in Europe.
GISCafe Voice: What is the purpose of this acquisition for Hexagon?
MW: GISquadrat was a partner to Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure prior to the acquisition. We share customers, and GISquadrat’s solutions leverage Hexagon software. The acquisition will enable us to provide a single vendor solution for existing customers and prospects. It also will bring GISquadrat’s applications into our solution set.
GISCafe Voice: Will there be new offices in addition to the old ones for those working for GISquadrat and how many employees does the company currently have?
MW: GISquadrat will maintain its existing locations. Of course, GISquadrat employees will interact with Hexagon personnel moving forward, which may include visits to Hexagon offices. The company employs 25 people.
GISCafe Voice: Will new products be generated by Hexagon as a result of the acquisition of GISquadrat?
MW: GISquadrat has built applications on top of Hexagon products that expand our solutions. For example, it developed extensions to GeoMedia Smart Client for water/waste water networks, electrical networks, cadastral workflows, GIS for tourism and GPS-based mobile workflows.
GISCafe Voice: What specific cloud features does GISquadrat add to Hexagon offerings?
MW: GISquadrat deploys Hexagon’s GeoMedia Smart Client in a cloud environment, delivering data-as-a-service to customers. This has been a cost-effective approach for smaller utilities and municipal governments.
GISCafe Voice: You mentioned a focus on utility; are there other market segments this acquisition will benefit?
MW: Yes, we will offer support for cadastre and tourism, specifically. In fact, GISquadrat’s solutions can support various local government applications that rely on spatial information and workflows.
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