Kistler invests in Big Data


Kistler Group has made a strategic acquisition of software developer, AMS in order to increase its expertise in measurement data management, with a focus on vehicle development. AMS, based in Chemnitz, Germany specialises in analysing, processing and visualising large volumes of measurement data.

This increase in Big Data capability is partly driven by electrification and autonomous mobility. As the numbers of automated vehicles on the roads grows in the future, their safety must be ensured through the fast and efficient evaluation of huge quantities of data, complemented by extensive and informative tests during the development phase. Kistler was thus attracted to AMS’s product portfolio, which includes measurement data visualisation and evaluation solutions that can be licensed for PC or web-based use.

Dr Bernhard Sünder, founder and CEO of AMS, commented, “Measurement data is different from other data. This is why we offer specialised data mining for Big Test Data with our jBEAM and MaDaM solutions. With Kistler as our strong partner, we are on course for growth. The global reach of the Group’s sales organization will help us to advance.”

Rolf Sonderegger, CEO of the Kistler Group, added, “AMS is highly successful in the field of software-based data analysis, making it a perfect fit with our R&D portfolio for the automotive industry. In this era of digitisation and Big Data, software is becoming a critical value-creating tool. We are looking forward to working together, and we are especially pleased that we can add a key element to our strategy of offering automotive test solutions that are as complete as possible.”

This acquisition is an element in Kistler Group’s long-term digitisation strategy that will see the group change from a solution supplier into an information provider.

“What is clear about Information as a service is that key components of the value chain will be shifting towards software. That makes it critically important to develop the appropriate resources at an early stage,” Sonderegger added. “AMS will contribute know-how that complements our existing vehicle development solutions. In the future, our customers will be able to obtain even more from one single source, and they will benefit from enhanced consistency throughout our systems – from sensors to data evaluation.”

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