FEBRUARY 15--Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA, USA; www.trimble.com), a market leader in surveying solutions in industries such as geodesy, civil engineering, and transportation, has acquired privately held INPHO GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany; www.inpho.de), an end-to-end photogrammetry solutions supplier, in an all-cash transaction. INPHO's portfolio covers aerial triangulation, stereo compilation, terrain modeling, orthophoto production, and image capture. In addition, INPHO offers software solutions for processing digital terrain models, including advanced filtering and editing of LIDAR data.
With a customer base of more than 1000 users in more than 100 countries, INPHO products are used by service companies offering geospatial data collection by photogrammetry and LIDAR, as well as government authorities involved in supplying geospatial information. Photogrammetry and aerial imaging provide overhead views of roads, bridges, dams, construction sites, buildings, and forests, as well as other structures and natural resources on the Earth.
"Photogrammetry adds a new dimension to Trimble to address the geospatial information industry. Our business has been primarily focused on ground- or terrestrial-based positioning solutions with our integrated surveying and newly formed spatial imaging product portfolios," said Ken Spratlin, director of strategy and business development for Trimble. "By acquiring INPHO we have taken the next step in our spatial imaging initiative."
"We are pleased to become a part of Trimble," said Johannes Saile, managing director of INPHO, who will join Trimble and operate INPHO as a wholly owned subsidiary. "The acquisition solidifies our best-in-class technologies and provides us access to Trimble's global footprint of resources that we can leverage to enhance our existing organization."