Technology systems integrator and operational technology contractor, Ramjack Technology Solutions (RAMJACK), announced today its acquisition of Swedish underground robotics innovator, Inkonova AB.

This move is the latest step in RAMJACK’s aggressive buildout of their technology stack focusing on safety, sustainability and productivity within the mining sector – a strategy that already includes partnerships with some of the most advanced real-time technology innovators in the world.

Founded in 2014, Inkonova is an industry-leading drone designer based in Stockholm, Sweden, and the creators of the Batonoumous underground drone platform.  Able to fly autonomously and beyond line-of-site from its pilot, Inkonova’s unique technology introduces first-of-its-kind real-time connectivity that is revolutionising how mines gather spatial information about inaccessible areas underground.

“Creating Inkonova has been a rewarding experience and I’m excited to be handing over the reins to the passionate mining technology experts at RAMJACK to bring it to the next level,” said Pau Mallol, Founder and chief innovator of Inkonova.  “The technological advancements we’ve made with the Inkonova range of products brings me great pride, and I look forward to seeing RAMJACK’s market reach help bring these exciting products to the global mining industry.”

Inaccessible areas in underground mines pose significant productivity and safety challenges for mine operators who must produce efficiently while protecting the health and safety of their employees and equipment.  Autonomous drone technology provides valuable insights and reliable 3D visualisation – even in inaccessible areas – to ensure safe, efficient and profitable operations underground.

“RAMJACK has enjoyed collaborating with Inkonova for many years so we’re already well aware of the advanced capabilities of their tech,” said Mike Jackson, President and CEO of RAMJACK. “As underground mines look to improve their production and safety performance, the ability to map inaccessible areas efficiently and safely is a critical success factor.  Mobile mapping is a burgeoning segment of the industry and while there are some early movers in the space – like Australian firm, Emesent – we are excited to demonstrate how our advanced tech can take real-time monitoring of underground mines to a whole new level.”

Completion date for the acquisition is 30 April, 2022 at which point RAMJACK will bring all Inkonova technologies into the RAMJACK product suite.