Hexagon Has Acquired Xwatch Safety Solutions

Hexagon has acquired Xwatch Safety Solutions, a provider of machine control hardware and software technologies designed to enhance safety protocols on construction sites. This includes height control, slew control, and rated capacity indication (RCI) for heavy machinery, allowing operators to limit an excavator’s height and set side boundaries to define a working zone, significantly increasing safety around a machine.

Image: courtesy of Hexagon

This strategic move comes after the successful collaboration between Xwatch and Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, culminating in the innovative 3D Avoidance Zone system.

“Safety is an increasing focus for our construction customers. Technologies like Xwatch’s solutions are already mandatory in public contracts within the UK, and we see this trend extending further in the future. The team at Xwatch has developed an impressive array of OEM agnostic solutions which address a real customer need and fit seamlessly into our digital construction product portfolio. I am excited to have them join us at Hexagon.”

said Paolo Guglielmini, President and CEO, Hexagon.

Image: courtesy of Xwatch Safety Solutions

In 2023, Xwatch generated revenues of around 4 MEUR, with operating margins slightly below the Geosystem’s division average. Xwatch has 17 employees, mainly within the UK, and will be fully consolidated in April.

“Joining Hexagon represents a transformative opportunity for us to push the boundaries of safety technology in the construction industry. It allows us to leverage Hexagon’s global expertise and reach, bringing our cutting-edge safety solutions to a wider audience and significantly impacting worker safety worldwide. We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition brings to both our companies and the construction industry as a whole. Together, we are committed to driving innovation and embracing digital transformation to ensure safer, more efficient, and sustainable construction practices globally.”

said Dan Leaney, Director of Sales and Operations at Xwatch Safety Solutions Ltd.

Source: Xwatch Safety Solutions, Hexagon

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