Geotab acquisition of BSM Technologies to bring expanded fleet services

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Geotab has signed an agreement to acquire BSM Technologies for a total equity value of around CDN $117.3m (US$85m).

The deal will enable Geotab to make further inroads into the government sector

BSM provides telematics and asset management solutions to more than 165,000 vehicles across government and private fleets in Canada and the United States, adding to the 1.5m+ subscribers using Geotab.

The deal will enable Geotab to make further inroads into the government sector, leveraging products developed by BSM on the Geotab platform, including for winter road maintenance fleets, but also for the electric vehicle sector.

Neil Cawse, Geotab CEO, commented: “BSM’s activity in the government space coupled with Geotab’s proven success and commitment to security and scalability will work in tandem to dramatically accelerate Geotab’s presence across North America including in the electric vehicle space, which is an increasingly important emerging market. We are excited about what BSM will do to strengthen our ecosystem and believe that the resultant platform enhancements will benefit our customers around the globe.”

Geotab added that the deal will provide government and private fleets a broadened selection of services for maximising productivity, efficiency and safety. BSM customers will benefit from Geotab’s partner ecosystem while the firm will contribute some of its product and services development in asset tracking, winter ops, third-party integration and off-road equipment tracking to the Geotab Marketplace online solutions centre.

“Following the announcement of our expanded partnership with Geotab in late 2018, it became clear that BSM’s growing analytics and optimisation capabilities combined with Geotab’s best in class telematics solution results in an enhanced product offering to fleet management customers.  As part of the Geotab team we will be able to offer these capabilities across all of Geotab’s partner network,” said Louis De Jong, president and CEO of BSM. “The combination of BSM and Geotab is a great outcome for all of BSM’s stakeholders.”

The deal comes some three weeks after Geotab announced it had been awarded the largest single-source telematics contract to date by GSA Fleet, a division of GSA (General Services Administration), which provides centralized procurement for U.S. federal agencies. The deal will see GSA Fleet equip its 217,000 vehicles with Geotab’s telematics technology.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.