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Hexagon acquires advanced drones manufacturer

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Hexagon, the provider of design, measurement and visualization solutions, has acquired Aibotix, a manufacturer of intelligent multicopter systems for high-efficiency aerial applications. The acquisition strengthens the Life of Mine solution offered by Leica Geosystems Mining.

Aibotix is the maker of Aibot X6, a new generation of vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The multi-rotor platform is designed to suit the needs of customers in the industrial inspection, aerial mapping, mining, surveying, utility and security markets.

Life of Mine solution

Leica Geosystems Mining is a Hexagon subsidiary, and has previously showcased the Aibot X6 UAV platform for aerial mine mapping as part of the Life of Mine solution.

UAV-based solutions are perfect for delivering up-to-date geospatial information and assisting in remote areas - such as for mine mapping, difficult infrastructure inspections, bridges and dams – to locally focused mapping tasks of buildings or other vertical structures. The solutions are a viable tool for key market segments that require application-specific solutions.


Hexagon CEO, Ola Rollén, commented: “The Aibotix acquisition is an important addition to Hexagon’s photogrammetric and mapping technologies portfolio. The growing number of applications for UAV-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.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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