KVS Terratec acquires long-range drone infrastructure company Sevendof | FH News


KVS Terratec, a global leader in geospatial data acquisition and analysis, has just announced the acquisition of Long-Range Drone infrastructure company Sevendof, which will enhance the company’s competitiveness in a fast-growing market where unmanned aerial vehicles (UA) are used for mapping and and used for inspection purposes.

Sevendof was founded in 2016 with a mission to develop a high-performance, long-range drone system capable of performing complex missions automatically. To date, they have developed a plug-in hybrid system that offers up to four times the range of purely electric systems.

“KVS Terratec delivers reliable and high-quality geodata products that enable their customers to make an even faster transition to a sustainable and digitized future. Sevendof’s resources and unmanned system design complement our air data acquisition strategy and we are very proud to welcome them to our family,” says Cato Vevatne, CEO of KVS Terratec.

Both companies share a common vision to take the unmanned aircraft industry to new heights and this merger will significantly strengthen their position. Sevendof will merge with KVS Terratec to benefit the company’s international customer base. At the same time, the Sevendof team has unique experience in building high-tech robotic systems. By utilizing the longer range of Sevendof’s hybrid drone, KVS Terratec has the potential to more than double the production output of its unmanned operations.

“Today there is a growing market for sustainable data collection solutions. By combining our drone technology with KVS Terratec’s expertise in geospatial data and infrastructure digitization, we will be able to solve problems for all parts of the value chain – from drone-based data collection to the delivery of processed models – in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.” , says Jostein Furseth, CTO of Sevendof.

“Our two teams have achieved a lot in parallel, we have mutual respect and a clear appreciation for each other’s work. The teams in Trondheim and Sandnes are highly motivated to come together to create an even more powerful technology that will form the basis of future drone-based data collection systems,” says Christoffer Apneseth, CTO of KVS Terratec.

About KVS Terratec

KVS Technologies and Terratec merged in October 2021 to become a global leader in spatial data acquisition and analysis. Data is captured and transformed into living digital twins through a combination of software, sensors and autonomous technologies. These insights are used to sustainably build and maintain the world’s infrastructure, increasing efficiency and reliability for infrastructure, construction, environmental and public sector customers. The group has 280 employees in five countries and net sales of approximately NOK 350 million. Find out more at kvstech.no and terratec.no

About Sevendof

Sevendof AS is a company that builds infrastructure for long-range drones. Since its inception in 2016, the company has been developing a hybrid drone system that can perform missions automatically. The system has a service life four times longer than today’s traditional electric drone systems. The Sevendof team consists of professional pilots and an international mix of engineers from the fields of cybernetics, data science and mechanics with a wealth of experience in building complex robotic systems. The company has offices, laboratories and workshops in Trondheim.


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