Konica Minolta buys stake in Mobotix
Office systems supplier Konica Minolta agreed to purchase 65 per cent of the shares of Mobotix, a German manufacturer of video surveillance systems. Konica Minolta also has interests in optical products and printing solutions.
Announcing the purchase, Konica Minolta drew attention to Mobotix’s cutting-edge technologies, including decentralized processing (edge computing) IP cameras, image data compression, and image data analytics technologies.
Konica Minolta aims to provide next-generation decentralized network security solutions by leveraging its industrial optical systems, including the 3D-LiDAR to scan wide areas at a high-precision level, and Mobotix’s decentralized processing IP cameras and video management software (VMS) with a diversified processor.
By utilizing the technology of both Mobotix’s decentralized processing IP cameras and VMS with Konica Minolta’s image sensing system, Konica Minolta envisions new products such as “care support solutions” for monitoring residents at nursing care homes, or solutions for monitoring workflow at manufacturing facilities.
Konica Minolta also aims to broaden the distribution of Mobotix products and their solution services by leveraging its global direct sales network and after-sales support and services systems.