Oxford based Vicon acquires German counterpart Contemplas


Vicon, the Oxford based world leader in motion capture, has acquired CONTEMPLAS GmbH, specialists in video-based movement analysis.

Vicon provides tailored motion capture systems for any application: life sciences, media and entertainment, location-based virtual reality, and engineering. The company developed the first commercial motion capture systems in the early 1980s and has gone on to launch the most accurate real-time entertainment software and the world’s most intelligent camera platform.

Along the way Vicon has won an Academy-Award, an Emmy and several Queen’s Awards for Export & Innovation.

Stefan Klippel, managing director of CONTEMPLAS, said: “We are looking forward to working with both Vicon’s technology and the team worldwide. We are delighted to join forces with the market leader and provider of gold-standard motion capture technologies in this highly competitive market. We are looking forward to playing our part in Vicon’s continued success. This acquisition will also help support our future growth and allow CONTEMPLAS to bring new solutions to existing and new markets faster than ever before.”

Imogen Moorhouse, CEO of Vicon, said: “I am delighted to welcome CONTEMPLAS to the Vicon family. Our strategy is to strengthen and grow a profitable market leader; with the need for quick, reliable video analysis greater than ever, this acquisition is a good strategic fit, supporting our ‘amplify the core’ strategy, providing an opportunity to further diversify our leadership position in motion measurement and grow a recurring revenue stream for Vicon.

“As motion measurement continues to enter the everyday, we continue to see a broader range of applications emerging. Today with CONTEMPLAS – already well-respected leaders in their field of video-based motion measurement – we’re adding another new way to accurately measure motion, broadening our growing range of applications across even more use cases, such as a swimming race or sprint start, amplifying our existing capabilities, consolidating our leading market position as well as expanding our addressable market.”

Founded in 2005 in Kempten, Germany, CONTEMPLAS is one of the leading providers in the field of video-based movement analysis, developing and distributing worldwide software solutions for general motion analysis. CONTEMPLAS’ Templo software can record and track motion across a range of activities including walking, running, sprinting and swimming among many others, whether in training or in competition.