Machine-to-machine and Internet of Things solutions provider ORBCOMM Inc. has acquired Blue Tree Systems Limited, a transportation management solutions provider based in Galway, Ireland, with subsidiaries in the France, Germany and the US.
According to ORBCOMM, Blue Tree provides solutions for multiple classes of assets that include trucks, refrigerated straight trucks, as well as refrigerated and dry trailers. The company serves more than 300 customers in North America, the European Union, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The acquisition will add truck in-cab and refrigerated fleet vehicle solutions to ORBCOMM’s portfolio.
“With advanced trucking solutions combined with an integrated software platform, Blue Tree is a strong strategic addition to ORBCOMM’s broad transportation portfolio,” said Marc Eisenberg, chief executive officer of ORBCOMM. “Combined with our acquisition of inthinc in June, Blue Tree enables ORBCOMM to provide the most complete transportation solution offering covering nearly every asset class – from in-cab to fleet vehicles to refrigerated assets to dry vans – making us the clear leader in this space and in global industrial IoT.”
Blue Tree’s in-cab platform is based on an open Android architecture that offers customers a fully managed and flexible solution which is easy for drivers to use. In addition, the company offers advanced, country-specific compliance solutions in both North America and Europe. Blue Tree’s solutions meet the requirements for the Electronic Logging Device Mandate regulations, which require companies to replace drivers’ paper logbooks with electronic applications within the next several months.
“ORBCOMM is one of the leading IoT companies in the world, and we believe the increased scale, resources, customer base and geographic profile that ORBCOMM offers will support our rapid growth globally,” said Charlie Cahill, founder and chief executive officer of Blue Tree Systems. “We look forward to leveraging ORBCOMM’s strong brand equity in our markets. ORBCOMM’s leadership in transportation telematics provides great synergy and support for our transportation solutions and delivers an unmatched and long-lasting value proposition for transportation companies around the world.”