Hexagon demonstrated its extensive capabilities in the autonomous driving space in 2017, and will have a major impact on the way future developers ultilise technology. Hexagon’s high precision SPAN GNSS+INS positioning solutions were leveraged in the Baidu Apollo Project – one of the largest partner ecosystems for an autonomous driving platform in the world – where Hexagon provided position, orientation and time critical components.
Swiss Federal Railways implements Hexagon’s emergency response system in the control centres of Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest railway tunnel, to aid emergency response and monitor all emergency procedures. Leveraging its decades of expertise on complex construction projects, Hexagon introduces HxGN SMART Build, an enterprise construction management solution designed to alleviate cost overruns and delays. Hexagon continues its growth strategy, acquiring companies in the areas of construction documentation, production control, non-contact 3D measuring, manufacturing, 3D mapping and surveying equipment.
Hexagon’s sales amount to a record 3.0 bn EUR. Reflecting the evolution of its skillset and vision to realise true data-driven manufacturing, Hexagon Metrology becomes Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure rebrands to Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a name that more closely aligns the business and its industry-leading solutions with parent company Hexagon. The introduction of the Hexagon Smart M.App revolutionises the way the world envisions, experiences and communicates geographic information.
Construction is completed on New York City’s One World Trade Center, known as Freedom Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Hexagon provided a groundbreaking structural monitoring system and positioning technologies to accurately guide the construction of this iconic landmark every step of the way. Leica Nova MS50, the world’s first multi-station, is introduced. Leica Nova combines every significant measuring technology in one device – precision 3D scanning, extensive and precise total station capabilities, digital imagery and GNSS connectivity – opening doors to a new dimension in the geospatial world.
Reflecting its shift from a hardware concentration to hardware and software, Hexagon acquires U.S.-based Intergraph. With a unique history spanning nearly five decades, Intergraph is a leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software solutions and a pioneer in the development of computer graphics systems. The company is committed to developing technologies for creating intelligent maps, managing assets and infrastructure, building and operating better plants and ships, and dispatching emergency services to those in need.
Leica Geosystems of Switzerland is acquired, adding nearly 200 years of expertise in precision instruments and solutions that capture, analyse and present spatial information. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, Leica Geosystems helps set Hexagon on the path from industrial measurement technologies provider to a global leader in information technology solutions.
U.S.-based company Brown & Sharpe Inc. is acquired. One of the best-known and most influential businesses in the machine tool industry, Brown & Sharpe dates back to 1833. Its acquisition paves the way for what will become a measurement technologies powerhouse in industrial manufacturing – Hexagon Metrology. The combination of experience, expertise and innovation forms a solid foundation for the development of new measurement technologies, integrated manufacturing solutions and process standards of the future.
Hexagon AB is formed. Soon after its launch, Hexagon buys a major shareholding in the listed company Eken Industri & Handel. Eken Industri has four divisions – communications equipment, which makes antennas for mobile phones and radios; industrial automation; building and interior design; and vehicles, which includes Bilmo of Lund, Sweden’s largest agent for Volkswagen automobiles.