The leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation solutions, Hexagon, 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.

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

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

UAV-based solutions are ideal for delivering up-to-date geospatial information and aiding in hard to reach areas, such as for mine mapping, difficult infrastructure inspections, bridges and dams, to locally focused mapping tasks of buildings or any vertical structure. They are quickly becoming a viable tool for key market segments that require application-specific solutions; where the UAV becomes an integral part of the workflow process, delivering essential pieces of information that drive actionable intelligence.

"The Aibotix acquisition is an important addition to Hexagon’s photogrammetric and mapping technologies portfolio," said Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén.

"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."

Aibotix was fully consolidated as of 18 February. The acquisition has no significant impact on Hexagon’s earnings.