Leica DISTO – a success story for 20 years

20 Years of Leica DISTO

On the 3rd of November 1993 at the BATIMAT in France, Leica Geosystems presented the first hand-held laser distance meter in the world and revolutionized the survey technology market. Leica DISTO has been setting standards for the productivity of simple and complex measuring applications ever since. Our highly motivated development specialists use their strong innovative spirit to bring new ideas to reality. The resulting products impress with their accuracy, reliability and robustness.

Since Batimat 1993 eight generations consisting of 31 different Leica DISTO models have moved the handheld measurement revolution forward. The current generation provides a tailored solution for every user. The 8th generation product range extends from small and simple entry-level model providing basic functions, through an extremely robust instrument with IP65. The flagship products are able to cope with any given measuring task and communicate with modern smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth®. Suitable apps are of course available for this purpose.

The digital Pointfinder with large color display enables simple and precise targeting, even in bright sunlight or at long distances when the laser point is no longer visible. Many models feature an integrated tilt sensor that provides an unlimited number of measuring options. The ability to measure tilt angles enables measurements to be taken even without reflective targets e.g. when determining the height of a tree, or the height of a reflective glass facade.

In keeping with the 90 year tradition of Leica Geosystems, all Leica DISTO  instruments are developed and manufactured in conformance to our high Swiss precision and quality standards and a measuring accuracy of  ± 1 mm. Rely on the original!

Milestones in the Leica DISTO 20-year success story:

1993: Leica DISTO

The revolution in surveying! The first hand-held laser distance meter was presented for the first time at the BATIMATI in France.

2000: Leica DISTO classic3

The new benchmark: The Leica DISTO™ classic3 is so small and handy that it fits into the pocket of any jacket.

2004: Leica DISTO plus

The Leica DISTO™ plus, the first laser distance meter in the world to combine the greatest possible accuracy, elegant design and wireless data transfer using Bluetooth® technology.

2006: Leica DISTO A8

Another world first: The digital viewfinder and tilt sensor of the Leica DISTO A8 enable measurements to be taken without a reflecting target e.g. heights of trees.

2008: Leica DISTO D2

The smallest laser distance meter in the world.

2009: Leica DISTO D8

The digital Pointfinder with large color display simplifies targeting and increases precision in bright sunshine and over long distances. In combination with the tilt sensor a vast number of ways of measuring are provided.

2011: Leica DISTO DXT

Tough enough: The Leica DISTO DXT is dustproof and waterjet protected (IP65) as well as drop tested from up to 2 m height.

2012: Leica DISTO X310

The Leica DISTO X310 continues the tradition of ruggedness started with the DISTO DXT; however thanks to the integrated tilt sensor it is even more versatile.

Leica DISTO - trusted since 1993

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of experience pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based inHeerbrugg,Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group,Sweden.

Press release: (Heerbrugg, 4 February 2013) Susanne Haller – Leica Geosystems AG

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