Orbcomm acquires Blue Tree Systems

Leading machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) provider Orbcomm has acquired Blue Tree Systems, a provider of compliance solutions in multiple countries, including the U.S.

Terms were not disclosed.

Blue Tree Systems, based in Galway, Ireland, has more than 300 trucking customers and provides electronic logging device products, as well as fleet management, tracking and temperature-controlled management solutions.

Orbcomm said the acquisition of Blue Tree Systems will complement its portfolio of cargo solutions, giving customers the ability to easily add a complete solutions packages. Blue Tree operates in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in addition to North America.

“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, CEO. “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 offers the BT500 hardware platform for its systems. The platform, based on Android, features WiFI, Bluetooth and full 3G connectivity in addition to USB ports for connecting in-cab printers, scanners and other devices. Software solutions are tailor-made for customers, based on the platform. Interactive graphs, management dashboards and scheduled reports allow the new, scalable platform to be used in unique ways by each user.

Blue Tree’s platform is integrated with leading developers including TMW Systems, TruckMate, McLeod Software, Paragon, TrailerTail and more.

“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. We look forward to leveraging Orbcomm’s strong brand equity in our markets,” said Charlie Cahill, founder and CEO of Blue Tree Systems. “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.”

Orbcomm offers IoT solutions for remote monitoring and control of cargo, including CargoWatch, ReeferTrak, and Coldchainview.

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