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3D Laser Mapping Ltd and GeoSLAM Ltd Merge to Offer Next-Gen Mobile Mapping Products

 
August 2nd, 2018 by Susan Smith

 UK laser scanning and monitoring companies 3D Laser Mapping Ltd and GeoSLAM Ltd have merged to create a highly innovative mobile mapping and monitoring technology provider. While geospatial technology supplier and innovator, 3D Laser Mapping, works with its customers to capture and analyze their world in 3D, GeoSLAM is a “go-anywhere” technology with its state-of-the-art 3D handheld mobile mapping technology solutions.

3D Laser Mapping’s customers include governments, universities, large mining companies, blue-chip firms and operators of highways, power lines and railways. GeoSLAM takes 3D mobile mapping to challenging environments: underground, indoor or difficult to access, removing the need for GPS.

Shareholders agreed to merge the businesses to take advantage of new world market opportunities, increased R&D capability and ensure greater market reach. Shareholders include Graham Hunter, the founder of 3D Laser Mapping and CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s data innovation network, part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. The contribution of CSIRO since the formation of GeoSLAM in 2012, has been significant in creating the market for handheld mobile mapping.

Graham Hunter, CEO of GeoSLAM, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the merger and what it means for customers of both products.

What features does each of the two companies bring to the merger?  

The merger will combine the best of 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 brings advanced R&D capabilities. These attributes will enable the new organisation to supply next generation leading products worldwide.

GeoSLAM is a global market leader in 3D hand held mobile mapping technology solutions. Its unique “go-anywhere” technology is adaptable to all environments, especially spaces that are indoors, underground, or difficult to access, providing accurate 3D mobile mapping without the need for GPS.

As a world leading geospatial technology supplier and innovator, 3D Laser Mapping helps its customers to capture and understand their world in 3D.  Working with some of the world’s biggest mining companies, governments, universities, blue-chip firms and operators of highways, power lines and railways.

Describe the relationship between CSIRO and GeoSLAM.

CSIRO will retain ownership of 40 per cent of GeoSLAM. The company is proud to have been a part of the GeoSLAM journey so far, including developing SLAM (simultaneous, localisation and mapping) technology, and is looking forward to collaborating on its next chapter.

Have 3D Laser Mapping and GeoSLAM collaborated in the past?

GeoSLAM was founded from within 3D Laser Mapping in 2012, and since then both companies have collaborated on several R&D projects. As the global market for LiDAR technology advances and the number of use cases increase, combining the two organisations will offer both customer bases a wider selection of products to meet their strategic needs.

Do the two companies share some of the same customers?

As both companies have varied capabilities and provide different products, both 3D Laser Mapping and GeoSLAM have separate customer bases that will now benefit from the combined resources of the merged company.

We will continue to work with our customers and dealers in the same ways as we do now, but we’re looking forward to enhancing our customers’ experience by bringing together two innovative and ambitious organisations from our offices in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.

Additional Facts:

 

Graham Hunter explains, “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. 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”.

Adrian Turner, CEO of CSIRO’s Data61 is equally supportive of the merger, “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.” The Headquartered in Canberra, Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research.

David Burton, CFO of GeoSLAM commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be merging the companies and believe that the combined resources of these businesses will help us to exceed our level of service and support to global customers and dealers. We will continue working with our customers and dealers in the same way as we do now but look forward to enhancing their experience by bringing together two innovative and ambitious organisations.’’

The new GeoSLAM has offices located in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.

The newly merged companies will trade as GeoSLAM Ltd, leveraging its global brand that has been developed over the past years.

More on the two companies be found on the websites: 3D Laser Mapping and GeoSLAM.

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Categories: 3D Laser Mapping, Big Data, cloud, data, geospatial, GIS, location based services, mapping, mobile, mobile mapping

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