Our roots

SOMAG AG Jena is a medium-sized company based in Jena, central Germany. SOMAG stands for:

  • Sensors
  • Optics
  • Mechanics
  • Application Software
  • Gadgets.

The origin of our company goes back to the 1990s. At that time, company founder Konrad Steps set up his own engineering office “Ingenieurbüro Steps”(IBS). With his team he offered various engineering services.
In 2002 the company SOMAG AG Jena was founded, which since then has focused on the development and production of gyro stabilization mounts. In 2008 Andreas Steps took over the management of the company from his father and company founder Konrad. In 2010 the engineering office IBS was completely merged into the SOMAG AG. The company has remained a family business to this day, and last year CEO Andreas Steps received an award for the successful succession of the company.

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What we do

The main focus of our company is to develop, manufacture and sell Gyro Stabilization Mounts for data acquisition systems, surveillance and other applications. Our line of gyro-stabilized platforms systems was launched with the first and well-known Gyro Mount GSM 3000 in 2004. Since then we have been working on the improvement and further development of our devices. Our gimbal systems improve the quality and efficiency of aerial imagery and geodata acquisition. Several hundred devices were sold in more than 50 countries all over the world, which proves the significance of these products. In addition to our airborne line there is also a new land and marine series for the use in extreme harsh outdoor environments.

Our portfolio is completed by our sensor mounting solutions, our damping systems and our in-house developed SOMAG Mount Control App for the control of our devices.

Since the foundation of our company, we have carried out contract developments for other companies, including Zeiss and Jenoptik. For example, we have designed precise testing equipment for optical assemblies and laser systems. With the ever-growing importance of our Gyro Mount business and the diversification of our products for marine and land applications, we stopped contract development in 2020. On request, we continue to offer engineering services related to our core business such as the design of equipment for airborne applications.

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Our philosophy

We want our customers to be able to realize their projects as efficiently as possible. The satisfaction of our customers is our mission; Our mounting solutions work with state-of-the-art mechanics, electronics and software and is manufactured and tested with the greatest care and precision. This can be ensured by our own instruments for quality control and a test bench we have developed ourselves. Through our precision we always wanted to be one step ahead.  That is one of the reasons why the company achieved the label “precision from Jena” in 2007. The SOMAG AG Jena is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, what ensures, our high standard of quality.

Our slogan: Ahead with Precision!

Furthermore, it is particularly important to us to handle orders customer specifically. Depending on each project, SOMAG AG Jena assists your company from the concept, through the development to the delivery of the solution. The great flexibility of our company ensures that special customer wishes and changes are guaranteed. After delivery, our reliable support team will be happy to answer any technical questions our customers may have.

Benefits for your company, if you decide for us

SOMAG AG Jena is and independent company and offers:

  • quality made in Germany
  • over 15 years of market experience
  • experience as OEM partner of well-known camera, LiDAR and FMS manufacturers
  • costumized solutions
  • fast and reliable support
  • highly qualified employees
  • Gimbal systems that are not limited to a specific product but are compatible with different camera and scanner types



Project title: Intensive consulting and process support by management consultant

Beneficiary: SOMAG AG Jena

Project description: According to the consulting guideline of the Free State of Thuringia, the company receives funding to increase performance and competitiveness through consulting by independent management consultants - intensive consulting and process support. The results and recommendations for action are recorded in a consultant's report. The funding is provided by the European Social Fund and by the Free State of Thuringia.

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