VC-backed OGSystems acquires Urban Robotics

OGSystems, which is backed by General Catalyst Partners, has acquired Portland, Oregon-based Urban Robotics, a provider of advanced airborne military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. No financial terms were disclosed.

CHANTILLY, Va. - March 5, 2015 - OGSystems (OGS), a leader in technology innovation for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC), today announced its acquisition of Urban Robotics, a Portland, OR -based leader in advanced airborne military Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. With cluster computing and algorithms to solve complex 2D and 3D geospatial problems, Urban Robotics provides solutions to create high-resolution 3D models for Special Operations mission planning.


The acquisition of Urban Robotics will allow both companies to leverage each other's technical development capabilities with advanced technology exploration through VIPER Labs. These next-generation solutions will be available to OGS' IC, DoD and commercial customers, providing continued disruption and innovation through immersive engineering and agile development techniques for ISR remote sensing software, hardware and professional services.

"The Urban Robotics acquisition complements OGS by matching our entrepreneurial and idea-driven culture and furthering our reputation for geospatial engineering innovation," said Omar Balkissoon, CEO of OGSystems. "OGS is at the forefront of airborne data collection, and the incredibly detailed and immersive 3D point clouds Urban Robotics creates will help us continue to push the envelope in geospatial data fusion."

OGS' objective is to build on its already successful idea-to-reality VIPER Labs platform, fostering innovation by leveraging current and future Urban Robotics technical expertise, projects and ideas. Combined, both companies will cross-pollinate emerging customer needs with software mash-ups, enabling a new customer experience.

"Urban Robotics has found a true partner for growth with OGS," said Geoff Peters, CEO of Urban Robotics. "Their technology focus, strong cultural and own-the-outcome attitude provides a natural fit."

Urban Robotics will remain in Portland while leveraging OGS' VIPER Labs locations across the country for continued innovation.

About OGSystems
OGSystems' (OGS) mission is to provide technically advanced solutions to customers through constant innovation, effecting positive change in every engagement. In an industry accustomed to long and inefficient procurement cycles, OGS thinks differently - we are an alternative for DoD and IC clients seeking nimble companies to solve their most difficult problems. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, with regional offices in Tampa, Florida, St. Louis, Missouri, Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, California, OGS employs over 300 geospatial engineers, software developers, data scientists and mission subject matter experts in the areas of cybersecurity, geospatial intelligence, and big data analytics. The company has an entrepreneurial culture where "the best idea wins" and risk taking and creative engineering are nurtured. OGS' goal is to provide technically advanced, reliable and trustworthy services to customers in our core markets while aggressively expanding into new markets.

About Urban Robotics
Urban Robotics is a mission critical hardware, systems, and services provider in the advanced geospatial imaging technology sector. Their key products include the PeARL™ airborne imaging system, TerraFlash 3D imagery processing software, and WulfPack deployable computing clusters. All of their products have been developed, tested, and operationally proven with a sole focus on supporting the needs of the DoD and IC with the highest quality imagery product possible. Over 15 years of continuous innovation and development have advanced their products from innovative concept to field-proven reality with a commitment to furthering the state of the art in geospatial imagery collection and processing. Today, the PeARL™ imaging sensor is flown on dozens of different aerial platforms in numerous active areas of operation throughout the world. Urban Robotics' staff is the premier technical experts for delivering near-real-time processing of imagery, as well as advanced post-processing creating high-resolution 2D and 3D image models. Our goal is to continue supporting the IC and DoD with innovative and newly emerging techniques, tactics, and technologies in all areas of the geospatial market.

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