SOMMER Messtechnik develops and sells sensors and environmental monitoring equipment including system solutions for data recording, data transmission and analysis of the captured data. With more than 30 years of experience SOMMER is a true measurement specialist and reliable partner in hydrography, meteorology, industry and water management, sewage and for geotechnical applications. Innovative Doppler radar sensors for discharge measurement, unique snow monitoring technology as well as user friendly systems for data management and telemetry give proof of the distinct spirit for innovations in this company. Realising monitoring systems far from any infrastructure and in remote and harsh environments, such as alpine and high alpine weather stations, builds another field of experience of SOMMER Messtechnik. Meanwhile our international sales covers numerous countries around the world and on all continents.

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Strassenhaeuser 27 , Koblach , A-6842 Austria

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing - Environmental Monitoring
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1987
Employees:
11-100
Turnover:
1,000,000 - 10,000,000 €

Milestones of a dynamic corporate development

Back in the mid-1980s the company founder, Mr. Wolfram Sommer, made the step to start his own business. At the beginning still together with a corporate partner, Sommer GmbH & Co KG became an independent company in 1997 and was renamed to Sommer GmbH – better known as SOMMER Messtechnik – in 2013. In the early years the business focus was clearly on the so called home marked, that is Austria, Germany and Switzerland, whereas toady SOMMER holds his ground in a global environment while still being an owner-managed family business.

  • 1987
    Company foundation as Matt & Sommer through Wolfram Sommer and Klaus Matt
  • 1989
    First important orders in the field of hydrography
  • 1989
    First important stations for meteorology and equipping the avalanche warning services of Austria, Germany and South Tyrol
  • 1996
    Development of the „Lawinenwächter“ (avalanche and landslide monitoring) in cooperation with the company Doppelmayr
  • 1997
    Becoming independent as Sommer GmbH & Co KG (alias: Sommer Mess-Systemtechnik), relocation of corporate head office to the new building in Koblach, Austria
  • 1999
    Realising one of the first monitoring systems for landslides
  • 2000-2002
    EU research project „Snowpower“ for a system to measure local snow parameters for the calibration of satellite data
  • 2004
    Development of the snow depth sensor USH-8
    New generation of SOMMER data loggers and water level loggers
  • 2005
    Market launch of radar sensors for level, surface flow velocity and discharge measurement (RL-15, RG-24, RQ-24)
  • 2008-2009
    FFG-research project for further development of the radar sensors for conditions of flood waters
  • 2008
    Going online with the SOMMER MDS (web data server for monitoring station)
  • 2009
    Market launch of the Snow Pack Analyser (SPA)
  • 2009-2013
    Establishing a redundant monitoring network for flood prevention in Vorarlberg (Austria) by order of the federal hydrographic service
  • 2010
    Market launch of the new generation of radar sensors for surface flow velocity and discharge measurement (RG-30, RQ-30)
  • 2011
    Market launch of the new Tracer System (TQ-S, TQ-F) for mobile discharge measurement through the tracer dilution method
  • 2013
    Rebranding to Sommer GmbH (alias: SOMMER Messtechnik)
  • 2014
    Nomination for the national innovation award by the ministry of economy with the Snow Pack Analyser (SPA)
  • 2014
    Award Best SME 2014 in Vorarlberg (Austria)
  • 2014
    Successful implementation of and certification with the quality management system ISO 9001:2008
  • 2015
    Opening of the new extension building in Koblach
  • 2016
    Market launch of the new generation of data loggers starting with the MRL-6
  • 2016
    Market launch of SQ series, the non-contact flow meters for wastewater, sewer systems and industrial effluents
  • 2017
    Successful recertification with the quality management system ISO 9001:2015

Success stories

The main pillars of our success are a motivated and highly qualified team, the clear commitment to continuous innovation based on a solid company structure with a high equity ratio. Our success proofs us right.

 

Understanding the Environment to survey it

Enthusiasm
We appreciate and trust each other during our daily business, internally as well as towards our customers. We work with commitment and enthusiasm and it is our goal to offer solutions for the field as good and reliable as possible by employing our monitoring technology - our sensors, instruments and systems. Doing so we are frequently out in the nature. We are aware of that the nature is complex and sets certain limits to the measurement equipment.
Experience
With our experience in monitoring equipment we rely on proven technology and at the same time dare to break fresh ground with our own and innovative approaches. The benefits of a product and its suitability in practice set us the bar for success.

Quality
Together with our experts and technicians we consider it as our challenge to solve our customers' needs in monitoring equipment as good as possible. To do this job well we have to understand our environment and its limits in order to measure the desired parameters best possible.