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Descartes buys again

GeoMicro acquired by Descartes


January 26, 2012
by Fleet Management staff

WATERLOO, Ontario: Descartes Systems Group has bought GeoMicro, Inc, a California-based provider of advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and commercial turn-by-turn navigation.

GeoMicro’s GIS platform enables advanced routing, navigation, field service, and spatial data business intelligence solutions. It supports a range of advanced GIS services, including high-performance map display, geo-location, commercial vehicle route calculation, spatial data querying, and turn-by-turn navigation suitable for commercial and hazardous material route use. GeoMicro’s solutions help customers to precisely locate assets and resources in motion, reduce the cost and time of deliveries, and increase driver safety and compliance.

“Geographic location is fundamental to logistics and a key element of many business decisions,” said Edward Ryan, chief commercial officer at Descartes. “By adding GeoMicro’s technology and services to our Logistics Technology Platform, our customers can access the advanced geographical information processing that is critical to efficient logistics operations.”

Historically, GIS solutions have been used with mobile resource management applications, such as Descartes’ Routing, Mobile, and Telematics suite, to identify commercial road restrictions and hazardous material approved routes, and to provide commercial turn-by-turn navigation. By combining GeoMicro’s technology with Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform, Descartes customers can leverage GIS technologies in new ways on Descartes’ cloud-based Global Logistics Network, such as to verify addresses or track shipments, inventory, conveyance units and resources.

“Logistics-intensive businesses face complicated challenges that require GIS functions to be deeply embedded within the location-based services their preferred technology partners provide,” said Arthur Mesher, Descartes’s chairman and CEO. “We recognized the need to extend our cloud-based Logistics Technology Platform’s GIS capabilities to provide solutions that meet today’s geographic information needs, and also scale to address future technology opportunities such as crowd-sourced location traffic and road network services.”