US: Trimble has acquired privately-held Beena Vision Systems, a manufacturer of vision-based automatic wayside inspection systems for the railroad industry, headquartered in Norcross, Ga. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Beena Vision provides vision-based wayside detectors for the rolling stock maintenance market. Its non-contact measurement technology enables highly detailed condition assessment of train components—ranging from wheel surface condition to full train inspection—on trains operating in service and at high speeds.
Beena Vision’s wayside systems, coupled with software applications and image analysis technology, enable Train Operating Companies (TOCs) to manage fleet maintenance and operation through automatic measurements and inspections. Real-time alarms, alerts and reports enable significant reductions in maintenance costs and increase fleet availability for revenue generation.
Beena Vision systems are installed at most major North American Class 1 railroads as well as other worldwide TOCs.
Beena Vision integrates with Trimble‘s rail strategy and complements Trimble‘s rolling stock asset management solutions, adding vision-based data collection to existing data aggregation and analytics tools. Trimble‘s enterprise solutions manage the lifecycle of rolling stock from operation through maintenance and repair, allowing companies to improve operational efficiencies, manage service levels and reduce their costs. Beena Vision solutions, when integrated with the Trimble platform, provide TOCs with a more complete picture of their rolling stocks’ on-board systems as well as the train components.
“Many of the largest TOCs in the U.K. and Europe rely on Trimble‘s solutions for rolling stock asset management. Adding Beena Vision’s automatic wayside inspection systems makes us even more relevant to an expanding customer base. Beena Vision’s strong North American and Australian presence, in conjunction with Trimble‘s UK and Europe presence, provides the ability to access new customers. In addition, Beena Vision’s freight segment focus combined with Trimble‘s passenger rail focus creates significant synergy potential,” said Tomas Larsson, general manager of Trimble‘s Railway Solutions Business. “Our fundamental focus is to provide solutions that reduce cost, improve efficiency and provide better visibility into train operations to maximize productivity.”
“We are very excited to join Trimble. I believe the addition of Beena Vision’s solutions to Trimble‘s portfolio extends our collective ability to deliver more powerful and robust rail solutions,” said Dr. Kambiz Nayebi, CEO of Beena Vision. “In addition, we can leverage Trimble‘s broad portfolio of technology to even further strengthen our solutions. As part of Trimble, our commitment to our customers remains unchanged as we continue to deliver best-in-class solutions and services.”
The Beena Vision business will be reported a part of Trimble‘s Engineering and Construction Segment.