Eight-year-old Swedish underground robotics company Inkonova has been snapped up by Ramjack Technology Solutions for an undisclosed price.
Johannesburg-based Ramjack says the acquisition of Inkonova continues the aggressive buildout of a technology stack focused on mine safety, sustainability and productivity. CEO Mike Jackson said the company had been collaborating with Inkonova “so we’re already well aware of the advanced capabilities of their tech”.
“As underground mines look to improve their production and safety performance, the ability to map inaccessible areas efficiently and safely is a critical success factor,” he said.
“Mobile mapping is a burgeoning segment of the industry and while there are some early movers in the space … we are excited to demonstrate how our advanced tech can take real-time monitoring of underground mines to a whole new level.”
Ramjack says Inkonova’s “Batonoumous” underground drone platform introduced “first-of-its-kind real-time connectivity that is revolutionising how mines gather spatial information about inaccessible areas underground”.
Inkonova founder Pau Mallol said Ramjack’s market reach would help bring his company’s technology to global markets.
The deal is expected to be wrapped up at the end of this month.