Trimble and Definiens, a Germany-based company specialising in image analysis solutions, announced Trimble’s acquisition of Definiens’ Earth Sciences business assets and licensing of its software technology platform in an all-cash transaction.
Definiens’ Earth Sciences business includes eCognition software, an image analysis software suite for geospatial applications that facilitates fast and accurate geo-information extraction from remote sensing imagery. The “original” object-based image analysis (OBIA) software has been used by industry leading data providers, remote sensing professionals, and university researchers in urban planning, forestry, agriculture, energy, insurance, and security for nearly a decade. eCognition software is scalable and offers a comprehensive range of tools to create powerful image analysis applications that can handle all common data sources, such as medium- to high-resolution satellite, high-resolution aerial photography, laser scanner, radar, and hyperspectral data.
“eCognition software speeds the creation of answers from geospatial sensor data,” said Ken Spratlin, General Manager of Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division. “Timely and accurate answers can empower organisations to operate more efficiently, with less waste and rework, and provide enhanced capabilities for decision making. We see significant potential to realise synergies between eCognition and Trimble’s geospatial technologies as well as other solutions that may include image analysis.”
“Trimble’s acquisition of Definiens’ Earth Sciences business is a perfect fit for both organisations,” said Thomas Heydler, CEO of Definiens. “eCognition offers Trimble world class image analysis capabilities to complement its broad range of geospatial products and solutions, while allowing Definiens to dedicate its focus to image analysis in the healthcare industry.”