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September 27, 2017

Leica and Matterport integrate tech for comprehensive AEC solution

Matterport, Leica
Lawrence Berkeley National Labs as scanned by the BLK360 and Pro2 camera.

During INTERGEO 2017, Leica Geosystems and Matterport announced a partnership to “deliver a fast, simple solution for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and digital images” in AEC.

This means a number of changes are on the way. First, Matterport has opened up its platform to accept data from third-party sensors, starting with Leica’s very popular, low-cost BLK360 lidar. Matterport says Google Tango devices are also in play, with other sensors likely to come in the future. The idea is to enable users of other sensors to take advantage of the cloud-based functionality of Matterport’s tech.

Second, the two companies are integrating Multivista’s construction progress documentation services into the Matterport’s platform.

Multivista, which was purchased by Hexagon in late 2016, offers documentation features like linking captured data to architectural plans, as well as livestreaming “live conditions or events, such as walkthroughs and inspections,” as well as recording events for on-demand viewing.

The integration of technologies from these two companies has an added benefit: Users can now operate the Leica BLK360 as well as Matterport’s Pro2 using the Matterport Capture app, and combine data from two sensors into a single model.

“We are excited to be aligning with the market-leaders to integrate the new BLK360 imaging laser scanner and support end-user applications to serve a broader range of use cases,” said Bill Brown, Matterport CEO, in a prepared statement. “We are focused on offering an end-to-end platform that is extremely easy to use, quick, and inexpensive. Our new partnership with Leica Geosystems plus our recent Multivista partnership are huge steps forward in this platform development.”

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