Interesting: Leica Geosystems and DJI to develop new Leica Aibot drone for aerial surveys that takes only Sony cameras

Leica Geosystems teamed up with DJI to develop a new Leica Aibot drone for aerial surveys. Interestingly, the new Leica drone is compatible only with Sony cameras (why not the Leica SL/TL?):

Here is the full press release:


New Leica Aibot facilitates more accurate, safer aerial surveys

Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 13 June 2018 – Leica Geosystems, industry leader in measurement technology, announced today the new Leica Aibot, the latest UAV system based on DJI’s aerial platform, the Matrice 600 Pro, to rapidly and autonomously acquire mobile 3D mapping data.

The new Leica Aibotallows users to get a complete data set in less time with a more user-friendly and innovative interface, opening new business opportunities while spending less than with traditional methods. The UAV workflow is fully integrated in the Leica Geosystems software solutions, making aerial surveying easier and more efficient. Users can visualise and digitise the surveying results and have all information they need on a regular schedule.

The new UAV technology allows users to process and analyse millions of data points gathered from above and visualise the data to provide actionable information. UAV data can be combined with existing survey technologies, such as TPS, GPS and laser scanning, providing a more complete set of information.

“We are very excited to offer our robust and reliable DJI Matrice 600 Pro along with our developer tools to Leica Geosystems to empower survey professionals to get a truly efficient solution workflow with the best results and accuracy.” Said Jan Gasparic, Head of DJI Enterprise Partnerships.

“With constant new ideas, projects and numerous challenges it is crucial for our business to have access to transformative technologies such as the new Leica Aibot, that keep our projects on schedule with the maximum accuracy and precision,”said Martin Schwall, owner and managing director of IngenieurTeam GEO. “We look forward to continue using Leica Geosystems technology and adding Leica Aibot to our portfolio.”

Automating operations
Throughout a project lifecycle of planning, designing and construction, Aibot provides easier access to critical information to perform volume calculations and monitor site progress. From creating digital terrain models to stripping and bulk earthworks and trenching to finally fine grading, paving and compaction, the solution supports easier actuals comparisons. This provides a more transparent view of site progression monitoring and volume calculations with safer operations to keep projects on schedule.

“The Leica Aibot opens tremendous amounts of opportunity for the next generation and helps the customers to speed up digitisation of processes and to automate existing workflows,” says Valentin Fuchs, Leica Geosystems UAV product manager. “It enables customers to run businesses that are more efficient than their predecessors and be more profitable.”

The Aibot can identify gaps early with a level of accuracy previously unknown for the construction industry. High definition imagery and 3D mapping allow for the viewing of site mapping or progress documentation, meaning users save time and money at all stages of the project.

About Leica Geosystems
Revolutionising the world of measurement and survey for nearly 200 years, Leica Geosystems creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals in a diverse mix of industries, such as aerospace and defence, safety and security, construction, and manufacturing, trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. With precise and accurate instruments, sophisticated software, and trusted services, Leica Geosystems delivers value every day to those shaping the future of our world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Read more about the new Leica drone here.

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