SCANOVIS – visibility by scanning

Together with my team, we try to make the world a little bit safer every day and that is what drives me!

Jürgen Marx (Chief Executive Officer)


SCANOVIS GmbH is a start-up from Koblenz with Jürgen Marx as its founder and managing director. Since it was established in 2015, the company has been engaged in the development and manufacture of contact-less laser measurement technology for near-surface substance detection. In this, the team includes a number of specialists, both, from different fields of research and science, as well as colleagues with years of industrial experience.

At one time, started as a classical Garage start-up, SCANOVIS shifted to new premises in the summer of 2016 to have sufficient space to meet new challenges. Since then, the headquarters of SCANOVIS have been located in the building complex of Koblenzer Brauerei, with a direct view of the Rhine.



News Release: Scanovis Develops Prototype and Finds Industry Partner


The Center for Mass Spectrometry and Optical Spectroscopy (CeMOS) at Mannheim is an important cooperation partner in the implementation of new technologies. CeMOS researches with academic and industry partners and engages in active technology transfer in the industry. The different research projects are usually application-oriented and are planned in close cooperation with industrial cooperation partners. The main areas of research include, among others, optical measurement systems.

The first prototype implementation was already carried out in 2016 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Matthias Rädle and scientifically validated. The team comprising over 40 members studies and pursues industrial problems in the process and develops brand and product independent solutions therefrom.




Jürgen Marx was working for 17 years for the American food company "MARS Inc.". While there, he specialised in the integration of a new type of measurement technology and was involved in setting up production facilities across Europe, before he decided in 2005 to strike out on his own and become independent. With the establishment of the "COTE:M GmbH" in the same year, he specialised in the study of surfaces, with a special focus in the areas of gloss determination and structure measurement.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in the year 2007 came to know of Marx and his company thanks to his professional history and the experienced gained by it. As a result, use of contact-less measurement technology in forensics was also examined, especially in: The capture of latent fingerprints. After successful completion and appropriate resonance, Marx decided to engage more intensively with this topic and conceptualise and develop a measuring device for this application.

To be better able to separate the old and new business segments, SCANOVIS GmbH was established in 2015, with the objective of primarily concentrating on the research and development as well as the project control of the new division.



Based on the knowledge gained over previous years, SCANOVIS developed a laser scanner to capture different substances on surfaces, without contact. 

A fundamental difference from the already popular laser spectroscopy procedure is that the examination refers to a surface and is not restricted to one point, as usual. In addition to the analytical evaluation, an imaging evaluation is also possible because of the information gained per pixel.