Quickie: Hexagon acquires Guardvent for driver fatigue/distraction detection

Aug 2, 2018 | Hot Topics

Now this is interesting: Hexagon just announced that it has acquired Guardvant, maker of OpGuard, which is used to detect and respond to driver fatigue and distraction. OpGuard is currently used in the mining world, but I can imagine that it has broad applicability in any scenario where drivers can benefit from this type of assistance.

Hexagon says fatigue monitoring is “complemented by collision avoidance and proximity detection solutions, which provide drivers with 360-degree situational awareness. The combination of safety-enhancing technologies keeps drivers safe, equipment protected, and productivity rising”.

Ola Rollén, Hexagon’s CEO, said, “Guardvant … is a natural fit for Hexagon. We share the vision that driver-assisted solutions are an integral part of safe, efficient, productive operations – whether in mining, construction, agriculture or any industry facing the inherent challenges and risks of operating fleets. Our combined expertise will enable us to better meet the increasing demand for ‘zero harm’ safety goals while providing a natural bridge to fully autonomous systems. This is key as more and more of our customers express interest in moving beyond automation into the world of autonomous technologies – a trend we are uniquely positioned to embrace.”

Guardvant will become part of Hexagon’s Mining division. The acquisition is complete, and  will have no significant impact on Hexagon’s earnings. No details as to price.