Textron acquires Canadian GPS firm

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Textron Specialized Vehicles announced Tuesday it has acquired a Canadian developer of GPS technologies that help golf course operators keep better tabs on their golf car fleets.

The Augusta-based Textron division said TKVGPS will operate as a fleet management component within its golf business, whose brands include E-Z-GO golf cars, Cushman utility vehicles and Jacobsen turf care equipment.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Textron said the 36-employee company will continue operating from its current facilities in Vancouver, Canada, and Pitesti, Romania.

TKVGPS’ fleet-management products offer real-time information for course owners and operators to monitor, maintain and protect golf car and utility vehicle fleets. The technology includes remote amp-hour and odometer monitoring as well as remote diagnostics and geofencing capabilities that ensure vehicles stay within specified boundaries for safety and security.

Textron said customers also can opt for systems that enable two-way messaging between the clubhouse and the golfer, in addition to providing golfers with real-time range-finding and course layouts on high-resolution 7-inch and 10-inch displays.

Textron Specialized Vehicles President and CEO Kevin Holleran said in a statement Tuesday the systems will “add an important dimension” to its portfolio of products.

“Courses can select from a range of proven fleet-management solutions to meet the specific needs of their particular facility, protect their investments in vehicle fleets and turf-care equipment, monitor events on their course, and enhance the playing experience for their golfers,” he said.

Textron said the web-based fleet-management software can be managed from a wide range of personal computer and mobile hardware platforms.

By From Staff Reports Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 6:48 pm