Leica Geosystems and Xwatch Safety Solutions pioneer 3D Avoidance Zone system for construction sites

15 March 2023

15 March 2023

(Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 15 March 2022) Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, and Xwatch Safety Solutions, a global leader in workplace safety, announced today a significant milestone in their partnership, enhancing construction site safety and infrastructure protection.

The innovative combined solution will allow users to create or import 3D avoidance zones above and below the surface area directly within the Leica MC1 machine control software.

“We (Xwatch) connected an XW5; a height slew and RCI (rated capacity indicator) system to the Leica MC1 machine control software. The integration of the XW5 provides a virtual wall with height and slew, also depth control which enables the recognition of cables and utilities from the MC1 software. This allows the operator to work around the avoidance zones with ease, across the entire construction site,” explains Xwatch Sales and Operations Director Dan Leaney. “This breakthrough in technology and alliance with Leica Geosystems and Xwatch has transformed the global excavator safety market, in addition to increasing site productivity and control. This system is the missing link between safety and machine control for excavators.”

Setting up 3D avoidance zones help to protect powerlines, underground services, and operations in close proximity to pedestrian walkways, live carriageways and public roads. 

Safeguarding infrastructure and construction assets

Leica Geosystems and Xwatch announced their collaboration in 2021 and previously introduced the Leica iCON PA80 avoidance solution integration with the Xwatch XW 4 and 5 series safety systems. This new solution not only improves safety for construction workers and pedestrians around busy work sites, but also protects existing infrastructure, as the solution safeguards construction assets from interruption which can cause significant costs and delays.

Critical avoidance areas include overhead obstructions such as powerlines, underground services, and operations in close proximity to pedestrian walkways, live carriageways and public roads. This new solution offers the excavator operator an additional safeguard against these potential hazards.

Setting up 3D avoidance zones within the Leica MC1 platform is easy, enables operators to focus on their tasks and provides construction professionals with more control and peace of mind that their jobsite is safe and productive.

Leica Geosystems’ machine control solutions have been one of the frontrunners regarding people plant interfaces. Overall, safety awareness solutions are a high priority. We see these features as enablers on our journey toward a higher level of autonomy. Now, our customers have access to a best-in-class solution for safety awareness as well as asset and infrastructure protection thanks to the collaboration of these two industry leaders,” states Tommi Kauppinen, VP Machine Control, Technology at Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon.

Learn more about the 3D Avoidance Zone system here. 

Learn more about Xwatch safety systems here: https://www.Xwatch.co.uk/

For further information, please contact: 

Leica Geosystems AG

part of Hexagon

Reka Vassz



Xwatch Safety Solutions

Xwatch started in early 2019 when a group of highly talented and experienced people came together from a variety of roles within the industry, the team has over 140 years of combined knowledge in the development and creation of safety and machine control products and they are global leaders in safety.

At the core of Xwatch’s success is the XW series of products – height control, slew control, RCI’s (rated capacity indicators) and stability. Xwatch products are designed to be installed in half the time of a traditional RCI systems and most importantly, operator friendly. The XW systems feature fully adjustable proportional hydraulic and electronic control. 

Visit https://www.xwatch.co.uk/ for further information.

For further information, please contact: 

Dan Leaney

Director of Sales and Operations

Mobile +44 (0)7508 867337

Office +44 (0)1633 987344



Hexagon is the global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping production and people related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,500 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.4bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

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