Trimble UAS is formerly known as Gatewing. Gatewing was founded in the summer of 2008 in Ghent (Belgium) and developed into a full-fledged business thanks to the efforts of the three business-spirited starters of the company (Peter Cosyn, Maarten Vandenbroucke and Maarten Van Speybroek) and Gatewing’s young and motivated team. In October 2010 Gatewing launched its first product – the Gatewing X100 – which was the first turnkey unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for terrain mapping and surveying.
In April 2012 Gatewing was acquired by Trimble Navigation which makes solutions that are focused on applications requiring position or location – including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. The Gatewing solution perfectly adds to Trimble’s toolset. In June 2013, combined efforts of Trimble UAS and other sites within Trimble resulted in the Trimble UX5 Aerial Imaging System. This all-Trimble solution includes both a successor for the Gatewing X100 and an industry leading office software solution for image processing.
The R&D, engineering, product marketing and production departments of Trimble UAS are still located in Ghent. The legal entity of this Trimble subsidiary is still known as Gatewing NV.