Bentley Systems announces agreement with Worldsensing

Bentley Systems, the infrastructure engineering software company, has entered into a non-exclusive commercial agreement to accelerate the adoption of infrastructure IoT, unlocking value for infrastructure designers, constructors, and owner-operators in their use of infrastructure digital twins. Global IoT company Worldsensing has acquired from Bentley sensemetrics’ Thread connectivity device business to expand its hardware portfolio offerings. Bentley also became the lead investor in Worldsensing’s Series D capital raise.

Worldsensing’s connectivity devices fully integrated with Bentley’s sensemetrics software and iTwin IoT cloud services (Image: Worldsensing)

Worldsensing’s acquisition of the Thread connectivity device business will offer new options to its customers where adaptive sensor integrations or active sensor management are a key requirement. Thread offers broadband sensor connectivity to connect dynamic, high-power, or high-speed sensors and stream sensor data to the cloud for analysis. Thread is a fully autonomous sensor connectivity device with optional integrated 4G/LTE cellular modem, wireless mesh networking, and battery pack in a weather resistant enclosure. Each broadband device also serves as a gateway for wireless smart sensors. Worldsensing will become a preferred sensor connectivity partner to Bentley and Bentley will become a preferred IoT software partner to Worldsensing offering mutual users a fully integrated end-to-end sensor management solution.

Ignasi Vilajosana, Worldsensing CEO said, “The acquisition of sensemetrics’ Thread connectivity device business will expand our portfolio. We are pleased to become a preferred sensor connectivity partner for Bentley’s iTwin IoT digital twin cloud services, confirming our position as the reference connectivity platform for mining, construction, rail, and infrastructure monitoring.”

“This strategic agreement will bring benefits to our respective user bases,” said Justin Schmidt, vice-president, corporate development with Bentley Systems. “The combination of Worldsensing’s expertise in IoT solutions and our leadership in infrastructure digital twin software will create an offering for the market.”