Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Leica Geosystems expands to N.A. rail market

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Leica Geosystems, a division of Hexagon Geosystems and a provider of measurement technology, has acquired rail measurement specialist InfraMeasure. The acquisition, which creates a new Rail division, provides Leica Geosystems entry into the North American rail market.

InfraMeasure designed and developed the patent-pending SafeLoad® system, described as “the first portable, high-accuracy, laser-based measurement and documentation solution for the dimensional (high-wide) transport industry. Already implemented by four of the seven Class I railroads in North America, SafeLoad eliminates the risk to employees from climbing on high-wide railcars, loads or ladders while dramtically improving accuracy and streamlining load documentation and clearance approvals. The system is proven to reduce high-wide measurement time and labor by at least 50%. For rail operators that have access to point clouds of their entire network or route, SafeLoad works in conjunction with Leica SiRail Suite to identify potential clearance problems, thereby further increasing safety. InfraMeasure also provides high-accuracy railway clearance analysis, state-of-the-art monitoring and strategic consulting services to clients throughout the rail industry. All of these solutions will now be offered in North America through Leica Geosystems’ newly created Rail sector.”

Former InfraMeasure President Brian S. Daniel leads the new Leica Geosystems Rail division.

“The North American rail industry faces tremendous pressure to maintain and operate its massive infrastructure network,” said Daniel. “Rail regulations such as Positive Train Control (PTC) as well as railway clearances, bridge monitoring, and geographic information systems (GIS) all require relevant train and track information to be readily available in an accurate, digital format. Leica Geosystems’ ability to provide current, high-quality and accurate imagery, along with high-accuracy GPS positioning, monitoring, as-built rail geometry and railway clearance mapping, in addition to the innovative rail solutions obtained through the InfraMeasure acquisition, creates an unparalleled resource to support the rail industry in the face of numerous challenges.”

Hexagon Geosystems (a division of Hexagon AB) Executive Vice President Ken Mooyman said the acquisition “sends a positive signal to the rail industry. Like many industries, rail is going through a digital transformation that needs geospatial information as a basis to transform. PTC, which links passenger and safety information. Acquiring new resources to serve the industry’s digital measurement and mapping needs demonstrates Leica Geosystems’ commitment to providing technology solutions. Daniel brings extensive knowledge and a proven track record in solving some of the rail industry’s toughest technology challenges, and we are excited to be able to strengthen our role in moving the industry forward.”




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