Total Specific Solutions enters the maritime vertical with the acquisition of Quality Positioning Services B.V.

Aug 04, 2020 Netherlands
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Total Specific Solutions (‘TSS’) B.V. has acquired Quality Positioning Services B.V. (‘QPS’), the global niche leader in maritime geomatics software and services from Saab AB, the Swedish defense-, aerospace- and maritime conglomerate. Considered non-core within Saab’s portfolio of activities, the divestment will allow both Saab AB and QPS to prioritize strategically.

QPS provides a full range of software solutions for various market segments within the global maritime industry, such as, dredging, offshore renewables, oil and gas, pipe/cable laying, ports, harbors & terminals, and piloting. The software suite includes Qinsy, a leading solution for survey planning, acquisition, and real-time hydrographic data processing. Fledermaus is a 4D geospatial analysis solution, Qastor is a product for precise piloting, Qimera for simple and intuitive hydrographic data processing, and Qarto for rapid, automated ENC production from high resolution source bathymetry. QPS services customers around the world through a dedicated network of resellers and has a local presence in the Netherlands, Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Joost van Haarlem, Portfolio Manager at TSS: “We are proud that QPS, our first maritime solution provider, has joined TSS. They have been a global niche leader for decades in their vertical, and they have an impressive range of well-known customers to which they provide mission-critical products. As an owner, we expect to share best practices with QPS in order to drive sustainable growth further, building upon knowledge gained of owning global technical software businesses within TSS and Constellation Software Inc, (‘CSI’). I am looking forward to working with Almar Hollaar and Jonathan Beaudoin, the Managing Directors, and their team and focusing on the future of QPS as part of TSS.”

Jonathan Beaudoin, Managing Director at QPS West: “Over the past years we have invested much in our product suite. For example, Qimera, our processing software solution, now offers a full workflow from acquisition (Qinsy) to data visualization and analysis (Fledermaus). And we have upgraded our harbor piloting solutions Qastor and Qarto to fit the current and future standards. Our customers have been with us for decades, which confirms the quality of our software.”

Almar Hollaar, Managing Director at QPS East: “TSS will provide us new best practices on running Vertical Market Software companies. And by joining TSS, who has the ‘Software for Life’ strategy, we can continue to be a leader in our industry in the future. Saab AB, our former owner, can pursue the strategy for its clearly defined target industry, having ensured us a new basis to continue our future for our company, customers, and employees.”

Quality Positioning Services (QPS)

For more than 25 years, Quality Positioning Services (QPS) have been experts in maritime geomatics software and services. We are unique in that our solutions encompass the entire workflow, from the surveyor all the way to the pilot. Our solutions are used across a variety of industries, including hydrographic surveying, dredging, offshore construction, oil and gas, offshore wind farm support, chart production, and piloting. It became part Saab AB through the acquisition of HITT N.V. in 2012.

QPS is headquartered in Zeist, The Netherlands, and has subsidiary offices located in Portsmouth, USA; Fredericton, Canada; and Banbury, UK.

Saab AB

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. Share: