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Environmental Thesis

Vision systems for industrial automation promote resource efficiency in industrial processes because enable identification of defective products early on in the production process, reduce unnecessary processing and, therefore, increase energy efficiency and reduce waste of materials (less scrap).

The automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras supplied by Lakesight Technologies are a key enabler of pollution control in intelligent traffic systems used in mobility applications. On highways, speed control solutions promote reduction of the average speed of vehicles, thereby increasing safety and reducing fuel consumption and emissions. In city centres, congestion charge areas reduce urban traffic by incentivising public transports and, therefore, reduce pollution.


Lakesight Technologies is a buy-and-build platform in the machine vision sector. Machine vision systems are devices for optical sensing that are able to automatically receive and interpret images to control machines or processes in real time. The main application of machine vision is in industrial automation, for process and quality control, representing the key enabling technology for industry 4.0.

Another important application is automatic number plate recognition, the enabling technology for intelligent traffic system applications such as enforcement, tolling, vehicle tracking and congestion charge areas. Machine vision is a growing market characterized by extreme fragmentation of suppliers. The platform aims at consolidating into a European platform smaller synergic players that can share sales channels, management resources and growth strategies.

The Lakesight project consolidated three companies: Tattile (acquired in 2012), Mikrotron (2015) and Chromasens (2017). Tattile, based in Mairano (Italy), produces and sells machine vision systems for industrial automation, intelligent traffic systems and public transportation sectors. Mikrotron, based in Eching (Germany), is a leading manufacturer of vision solutions, with a focus on and a leadership position in high-speed cameras. Chromasens, based in Konstanz (Germany), is a worldwide leader in line scan technology, providing customized systems for high-quality image capturing in 2D and 3D, line scan cameras, 3D- and multispectral cameras and high-intensity lights.

In November 2018, Lakesight was purchased by the global technology group TKH.

Environmental Impact

Ambienta only invests in businesses which have a positive impact on the environment through either, or both, a Resource Efficiency or Pollution Control contribution. Our proprietary methodology, the Environmental Impact Analysis, allow us to measure the contribution of different businesses to sustainability in terms of Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control which we capture through 11 Environmental Metrics.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to our metrics.

Resource Efficiency

Lakesight’s contribution to Resource Efficiency is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

Energy Saved

Pollution Control

Lakesight’s contribution to Pollution Control is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

CO2 Emissions Reduced

Sustainable Development Goals

Our Methodology and Metrics are fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. Through our investment scope definition that focuses on products and services that improve Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control we fully capture 10 of the 17 Goals and their respective sub-goals.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to the SDGs.