Guidelight Develops Next Generation Automotive Measurement Tool with Matrix

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Software consulting firm, Guidelight Business Solutions, has completed a project with Matrix Electronic Measuring to develop the first handheld, stereoscopic measurement tool for the automotive industry. The Matrix Wand system integrates multiple technologies in a unique manner to produce a next generation tool that measures with millimeter accuracy.

Guidelight Business Solutions, an Austin, Texas software consulting firm, has completed a project with Matrix Electronic Measuring, a provider of vehicle measurement systems, to develop the first handheld, stereoscopic measurement tool for the automotive industry.

The resulting Matrix Wand System enables any automotive technician to quickly and easily measure the extent of vehicle damage from any angle by capturing digital images with the handheld measuring device. By building upon the techniques developed in previous products, the new device measures automobile components above the chassis, including under hood points, door pillars, trunk enclosures, and body panels. The Wand System is not limited to standard passenger vehicles and can be used to measure damage in motorcycles, recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, and others.

The Wand system integrates multiple technologies, including stereo imaging, digital photography and photogrammetry, in a unique manner to produce a next generation tool that measures with millimeter accuracy. Three patent applications were filed throughout the development process. A key requirement of the project was to create a software/hardware system that was not only accurate and repeatable but also rigid and robust enough to survive the body shop environment.

Guidelight Business Solutions has been working with Matrix on measurement systems since 2004. Previously developed products include a lower body robotic measurement device capable of scanning and evaluating an automobile chassis and comparing it to a factory specification database. The Matrix Wand project began development in the fall of 2006. The first wand prototype was created in early 2008, and the Wand System is expected to officially launch in February 2009. Jan Srack, CEO of Matrix, said, "Guidelight continues to deliver innovative solutions to us. Their communication skills and strict adherence to budget and deadlines has allowed Matrix to once again bring to market a cutting-edge product providing infinite measurements to every one of our customers in the collision repair industry."

About Matrix Electronic Measuring
Headquartered in Salina Kansas, Matrix Electronic Measuring, Inc. has been serving the equipment needs of the collision repair industry with top quality machines and measuring systems since 1985. Matrix has set the standard in quality, innovation, and competitive price in computerized automotive measuring systems. Matrix offers innovative laser matrix measuring systems, and a new generation of electronic measuring systems. For more information, please visit http://www.matrixelectronicmeasuring.com.

About Guidelight Business Solutions
Guidelight Business Solutions, Inc. is a software consultancy focused on custom business application development through Innovation from Software and Scienceā„¢. Guidelight closely collaborates with each client to select, create, deploy and advance innovative solutions that are efficient, manageable and user friendly. For more information, please visit http://www.guidelightsolutions.com.

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