Clarience Technologies in Southfield has acquired Ann Arbor telematics provider Fleetilla, a move expected to accelerate efforts to advance next-generation electronic communications solutions as the commercial trucking and transportation industry adopts electric and autonomous vehicles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“As connected technologies become the digital backbone supporting electric and autonomous vehicles, we want our solutions to set the industry benchmark,” says Brian Kupchella, CEO of Clarience Technologies. “Fleetilla offers unique solutions that complement our Road Ready products and strengthens our technology foundation as we develop next-generation connected solutions for tomorrow’s electric and autonomous vehicles.”
Founded nearly two decades ago, Fleetilla is an end-to-end solutions provider for GPS fleet security, trailer tracking, and equipment monitoring. The company produces hardware and application platforms that are modular and extensible, enabling the incorporation of newer technologies as they become available, the company says.
Today, Fleetilla can be found on trailers and other assets across the United States as well as South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and West Africa.
“Fleetilla is excited to join the Clarience Technologies family,” says Pradeep P. Kumar, founder and CEO of Fleetilla. “In addition to our deep understanding of telematics and innovative offerings in this space, our customers can now benefit from the breadth of commercial vehicle products, automotive engineering, and manufacturing capabilities that Clarience Technologies brings. Along with the Clarience team, Fleetilla is now well positioned to offer the next generation of telematics solutions to our current and prospective customers.”
Clarience Technologies says it believes Fleetilla and its Road Ready brand are a perfect fit for developing the next generation of advanced telematics solutions. Fleetilla brings an open architecture internet of things (IoT) platform that uses APIs to integrate a broad set of data feeds. Meanwhile, the LogIQTM partner network from Road Ready enables smart trailer functionality.
“Fleetilla is a nimble organization that has proven it can innovate at or beyond the pace of industry change,” says Nada Jiddou, executive vice president of Clarience Technologies and general manager of Road Ready, who will now oversee the Fleetilla business as well. “When you combine the technical capabilities and technologies from Fleetilla with our manufacturing scale, customer reach and industry experience, we are taking a major step forward to achieve our bold vision for the future of transportation.”
The acquisition of Fleetilla comes one day after DAVCO, also owned by Clarience Technologies, announced that its new $3.5 million Advanced Electronics Manufacturing Center in Saline would begin building Road Ready telematics hardware as the company prepares to fulfill the strong demand for its solutions.