Clarience acquires connectivity provider Fleetilla

SOUTHFIELD—Officials at Clarience Technologies, parent company to Truck-Lite, DAVCO filtration systems and Road Ready advanced telematics, announced the acquisition of Fleetilla, an Ann Arbor-based telematics provider that serves commercial trucking and transportation, accelerating efforts to bring the next-generation solutions that are expected to be in high demand as the industry adopts electric and autonomous vehicles.

“As connected technologies become the digital backbone supporting electric and autonomous vehicles, we want our solutions to set the industry benchmark,” said 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 and has and been an industry innovator since its inception. Like Road Ready, the company produces hardware and application platforms that are modular and extensible, enabling the incorporation of newer technologies as they become available. 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,” said 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 believes Fleetilla and its Road Ready brand are a perfect fit for developing the next generation of advanced telematics solutions. Fleetilla brings a unique open architecture internet of things (IoT) platform that integrates a broad set of data feeds. Meanwhile, the LogIQ partner network from Road Ready enables smart trailer functionality that’s unmatched in the industry. The comprehensive data pool from which a fleet may someday analyze and act upon is unlike anything in the industry today.

“Fleetilla is a nimble organization that has proven it can innovate at or beyond the pace of industry change,” said Nada Jiddou, Clarience Technologies executive vice president and general manager for 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.”

Fleetilla offers products used in the construction and utility industries, including products designed to monitor work trailers, as well as the specific equipment and tools that trailer hauls. Furthermore, several Clarience Technologies’ companies, including Truck-Lite, Ecco, and Davco, each offer products to that serve the vocational truck market. These established relationships will be beneficial as Fleetilla seeks to expand their customer reach in these segments.

The acquisition of Fleetilla comes only 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.

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