The laser scanning and monitoring companies 3D Laser Mapping and GeoSLAM have merged to explore global opportunities in mobile mapping and monitoring technology.
The companies will trade as GeoSLAM, leveraging its global brand that has been developed over the past years.
3D Laser Mapping is an international geospatial technology supplier and innovator. Its clients include mining companies, governments, universities, blue-chip firms and operators of highways, power lines and railways. Its new partner, GeoSLAM, is a global market leader in 3D hand-held mobile mapping technology solutions, which offer accurate 3D mobile mapping without the need for GPS.
Graham Hunter, founder of 3D Laser Mapping, said: “This merger will combine the best of the two 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.
“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”.
David Burton, CFO of GeoSLAM, said: “We 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.’’
Laser Mapping’s shareholders include CSIRO’s Data61, Australia’s data innovation network, part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency.
Adrian Turner, CEO of CSIRO’s Data61, said: “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.”
SLAM – simultaneous, localisation and mapping technology – was developed by CSIRO to solve the problem of mobile mapping from an unknown location. The merger of the two companies will unify under one roof an extensive range of specialist personnel and expertise in the mobile mapping industry.
The new GeoSLAM has offices located in the UK, US, Netherlands, Australia and South Africa.