Navman Wireless acquires Transtech and TCA approval

Navman Wireless Australia has acquired Transtech Driven and gained IAP approval from TCA

Navman Wireless acquires Transtech and TCA approval
Transtech CEO Andrew Rossington says the transition to Navman Wireless will be smooth.


Navman Wireless has acquired rival fleet management solution provider Transtech Driven, part of the Transtech group of businesses, subsuming the Melbourne-based company into a business unit of its local arm.

The purchase focuses onthe Transtech Driven Partnership, a joint venture by Creative System Professionals and Embaque Investments, and currently provides telematics and asset tracking solutions approved by the Transport Certification Australia (TCA).

According to Navman Wireless Australia, the two companies have been working in tandem to tackle driver fatigue issues in the transport industry since 2012, with Navman utilising the Transtech Sentinel system in its GPS fleet management solution.

"As workplace health and safety across the transport industry becomes increasingly regulated, vehicle safety is critical in maintaining on-road duty of care for businesses," Navman Wireless Asia Pacific vice president & managing director Ian Daniel says.

"The combination of our GPS fleet management tools with the expertise that Transtech Driven provides in transport industry compliance means that our existing customers will continue to benefit from reduced fuel costs, improved safety and operational efficiencies."

Remaining in Melbourne, Transtech CEO Andrew Rossington says the customers will benefit greatly from the combined resources.

"We are pleased to advance our partnership with Navman Wireless Australia enabling us to leverage their global reach and capability in R&D and operations and service, while strengthening offerings to our customers," he says.

"Transtech Driven has prided itself on being an innovator, providing world-class service and producing market leading products.

"None of this will change."


TCA approval

The acquisition will also see Navman Wireless Australia gain certification as an Intelligent Access Program (IAP) service provider from the TCA.

Transtech has held the approval from the TCA since 2008, and was the first company to gain type-approval for its telematics in-vehicle units.

To gain the TCA tick, companies must go through an application process and meet the stringent Telematics IVU Functional and Technical Specification, covering reliability, accuracy, integrity and security.

Coinciding with the acquisition, the TCA has announced Navman Wireless now has the same certificate, a situation that the TCA is currently informing IAP customers of.

"For transport operators currently obtaining IAP services from Transtech Driven, there is no immediate need to do anything in relation to this announcement," TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says.

"As the national administrator of the IAP, TCA is working through both parties to advise Transtech Driven’s IAP customers of future arrangements."

Both parties in the acquisition say the transition will be painless.

"Navman Wireless Australia is committed to providing current Transtech Driven customers with a seamless transition to our IAP service," Daniel says.

"Transtech Driven will operate as a business unit of Navman Wireless Australia and will continue to support their customers as usual."

Rossington says it "is an exciting change for Transtech Driven and our customers" and plans to contact all of its customers to discuss the changes with them.


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