Descartes Acquires SaaS Provider Telargo

Waterloo, Ontario – June 12, 2011 - Descartes Systems Group, a logistics technology provider, has acquired privately held Telargo Inc., a provider of telematics solutions.

Telargo is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of MRM telematics solutions that enable clients to monitor and manage mobile assets, such as vehicles, workforce, equipment and cargo, and help fleet owners comply with various domestic transportation regulations.

Telargo's solutions gather information about vehicles, such as location, engine use and braking information, and the drivers of those vehicles, such as hours of driver service. This data can then be used for real-time decision making, dynamic estimated time of arrival notifications for delivery recipients, and sophisticated operational analysis. In the quickly evolving United States regulatory environment, Telargo's telematics solutions also help fleet owners comply with new driver hours of service (HOS) and fuel tax reporting (IFTA) regulations.

"Descartes is a leader in MRM solutions with a long history of providing delivery route planning and mobile solutions for vehicles," said Ed Ryan, chief commercial officer at Descartes. "By adding Telargo’s telematics solutions to the Descartes Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite, we now can offer customers a pre-integrated, end-to-end MRM solution that combines hardware and software and is delivered over the Descartes Global Logistics Network."

The Descartes Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite supports the end-to-end processes fleet operators use to:

  • Create plans that best serve customers while minimizing costs;
  • Ensure that the plans are being executed in the field and address changes in real-time;
  • Instantly capture and distribute customer data from the field;
  • Track the performance of vehicles and related equipment; and
  • Comply with government reporting and working mandates.

Customers of Descartes’ Routing, Mobile and Telematics suite can benefit from modular, feature-rich, cloud-based applications that are designed to readily scale up or down, be easy to use and deliver rapid return on investment.