Sunnyvale, Calif., Sept. 12, 2014—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Neptec Technologies Corp. announced today that Trimble will distribute Neptec’s obscurant-penetrating laser scanners (OPAL) and 3D real-time intelligence (3DRi) software. In addition, Trimble plans to integrate data from Neptec’s scanners and software with Trimble’s geospatial and enterprise-level mine information solutions for the mining industry.
Neptec’s OPAL and 3DRi technologies can be used for real-time sensing, high-resolution data capture, and recognition of features and assets. OPAL scanners provide sensing technologies for an accurate view of surroundings and 3DRi software provides intelligence to interpret that input and dynamically track the situation. Adding the OPAL laser scanner to Trimble’s mining solutions expands Trimble’s 3D laser scanning capability to offer improved data capture and penetration through dust, snow, rain and fog and to operate in high air particulate conditions common in mines.
"With operating margins continuously being squeezed, our mining customers are increasingly looking for new technology solutions to measure and optimize the performance of their operations in real time," said Nathan Pugh, business area director of Trimble’s Mining Division. "The unique ability of Neptec’s OPAL 3D LiDAR to capture a real-time 3D view of a harsh and dynamic mine environment, and then extract actionable information without the need for extensive manual post-processing of the data, enables many new geospatial data-driven applications in functional areas such as drill and blast, haulage and materials processing for mining."
"OPAL and 3DRi are a first step in our broader strategy to adapt over 20 years of technology innovation for clients such as NASA and the Canadian Space Agency for commercial use on Earth," said Mike Sekerka, CEO of Neptec Technologies. "Interest in our technology and products by industry leaders like Trimble is a tremendous validation of our commercialization strategy."
About Neptec Technologies Corp.
Neptec Technologies Corp. develops innovative 3D sensor-driven solutions for automation and robotics applications in harsh environments. The company was founded in 2011 to commercialize space-technologies developed by Neptec Design Group Ltd., an award-winning space flight technology company and NASA prime contractor. Its first products are a family of obscurant-penetrating laser scanners (OPAL) and a software development tool kit (3DRi) with advanced features such as automatic change detection and object recognition and tracking. The company is located in Kanata, Ontario. For more information, please visit www.neptectechnologies.com.
About Trimble’s Mining Solutions
Trimble offers a broad portfolio of solutions for the mining industry including mine information systems, infrastructure for the mine site for high-accuracy positioning, positioning solutions for drilling, ore control and grade control as well as surface mine design software, rail and access route planning systems, and light truck fleet management solutions. Trimble’s solutions can allow organizations to maximize production, increase profitability and improve safety in all phases and types of mining. For more information, visit: Trimble Mining Solutions.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.