Lumibird acquires HALO Photonics, specialist of coherent wind LiDAR systems

HALO Photonics was founded in 2005 in the UK and was the first company to introduce the first autonomous all-sky scanning pulsed Doppler LiDAR.

The applications that HALO Photonics products can serve are, wind profiling and pollution transport for meteorology, wind power, aircraft wake vortex detection for airport weather observation systems (AWOS), urban climate modelling, boundary layer transport, cloud characterisation, turbulence, mixed layer height, wildfire tracking, volcanic ash tracking and potentially other applications areas.

Under the ownership of the Lumibird group since December 2019, HALO Photonics will be further both in terms of a new and updated product portfolio, increased capacity, increased and simplified service offerings and focused customised products for the wind energy, defence and aviation markets.

Halo Photonics

COVID-19 – business continuity for the group

March 31 update :

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and since March 17, the Lumibird group has adopted and rolled out a continuity plan.

This plan aims to guarantee the protection of its employees in order to enable our sites to continue operating, while respecting the measures introduced by the governments in various countries where the group is present. Our efforts have also focused on our suppliers and clients to enable them to ensure continuity for their activities as well.

To date, more than half of our workforce is still operational, working either remotely or on site. We are therefore still able to sell, manufacture and deliver several product lines.

Our IT systems (collaborative platforms, ERP, CRM..) allow our staff to ensure secure and efficient exchanges with you.

The entire Lumibird group is mobilized to protect everyone’s health and fight the spread of the virus, and will do everything possible to minimize the impact of this health situation on our collaborations.

We thank you for your understanding and your trust.


Lumibird partners with Michel Desjoyeaux on the Figaro Bénéteau circuit

©Paul Piccolini

Lumibird and Mer Agitée, Michel Desjoyeaux’s company, are delighted to announce their partnership for the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro 2019.

Double Vendée Globe champion and the most medalled singlehanded sailor, Michel Desjoyeaux is making a comeback on a circuit he specialised in for many years. Triple winner of the “Solitaire” in 1992, 1998 and 2007, he’ll take the start of the race for the 13th time in his career. His last participation dates back to 2013 when he secured 7th place. It is the arrival of the new one-design Figaro Bénéteau 3, which convinced Michel Desjoyeaux to return to one of his first loves. The skipper of Lumibird has planned to participate in two pre-season races, the Solo Maitre Coq and the Solo Concarneau, before making for Nantes and the start of the Solitaire Urgo Le Figaro, scheduled for 2 June.


Marc Le Flohic CEO of Lumibird comments on this partnership:

It is with very great pleasure that we’re going to sponsor Michel and all his team for the Solitaire du Figaro 2019. We are very familiar with Mer Agitée, as we’ve enjoyed a technological partnership for the past 3 years. Michel is an excellent competitor and we all hope he’ll have a fantastic season and that he’ll proudly fly the Lumibird flag.”


Michel Desjoyeaux reveals:

“I’m returning to the Solitaire Urgo le Figaro for the 13th time and I’m delighted about that! I must admit that last year I kind of had itchy feet watching the others in action. To my mind, in sporting terms the Solitaire is the toughest race there is and the arrival of the new Figaro 3 boosts my competitive side tenfold! It is with great pleasure that I’ll be flying the flag of this very fine technological company with its roots in Brittany


Extracts from Michel Desjoyeaux’ track record

  • Double champion of the Vendée Globe: in 2000-2001 aboard PRB and in 2008-2009 aboard Foncia
  • Winner of the Solitaire du Figaro in 1992, 1998 and in 2007
  • Winner of the Route du Rhum in 2002 on Géant
  • Winner of The Transat in 2004 again with Géant
  • Winner of the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007, with Emmanuel Le Borgne, on Foncia
  • Winner of the Transat AG2R in 1992, with Jacques Caraës
  • Winner of the Record SNSM on the 60-foot IMOCA monohull Foncia in 2007
  • Winner of the crewed Istanbul Europa Race in 2009
  • Winner of the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in 2009 with Alain Gautier aboard Foncia


The Figaro Bénéteau Lumibird race programme