Textron acquires GPS company

Last year E-Z-GO chose TKVGPS as its preferred GPS provider. This year, the golf car manufacturer's parent company acquired the Ontario, Canada- based company. 

Textron Specialized Vehicles announced the acquisition in late January. TKVGPs offers GPS-based fleet management. TKVGPS’ business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Golf business. This includes Jacobsen, which announced a combination of operations with Textron Specialized Vehicles last October. 

The features of TKVGPS include 3D mapping and layouts of a golf course, pace-of-play monitoring, odometer monitoring, vehicle travel histories and "geofencing capabilities with remote vehicle shutdown that allow courses to keep vehicles within specified boundaries for safety and security."

Its systems provide automatic and two-way messaging capabilities between the clubhouse and the golfer. TKVGPS' web-based fleet-management software allows its systems to be managed from a wide range of PC and mobile hardware platforms.

"TKVGPS fleet-management systems add an important dimension to Textron Specialized Vehicles' portfolio of products and solutions for today's golf-course operator," said Kevin Holleran, president and CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles. "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."

"In addition, Textron Specialized Vehicles will leverage TKVGPS technology across our many other product lines, including Cushman commercial utility vehicles, Jacobsen professional turf-care equipment, and Textron GSE ground support equipment, to provide fleet-management solutions to our customers across many different industries and end-use environments for our products," Holleran said. 

TKVGPS is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, but will continue its operations in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Pitesti, Romania. Its workforce of 36 employees will remain "largely intact."

 

 

 

 

An Augusta-based company has acquired a GPS-based fleet management and technologies company based in Ontario, Canada. 

In a press release, Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, officially announced the acquisition of TKVGPS, a provider of GPS-based fleet management solutions and GPS technologies that "enhance the on-course experience for golfers."

The features of TKVGPS include 3D mapping and layouts of a golf course, pace-of-play monitoring, odometer monitoring, vehicle travel histories and "geofencing capabilities with remote vehicle shutdown that allow courses to keep vehicles within specified boundaries for safety and security."

The release states TKVGPS’ business will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ Golf business. This includes Jacobsen, which announced a combination of operations with Textron Specialized Vehicles last October. 

TKVGPS is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, but will continue its operations in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Pitesti, Romania. The release states its workforce of 36 employees will remain "largely intact."

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