Partnership with Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.
The North American division of the world’s largest lift truck manufacturer, Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. and I.D. Systems have entered into a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a new wireless industrial Vehicle Management System. This new VMS will be marketed through the Toyota Industrial Equipment umbrella in North America under the “T-Matics” brand.
Toyota’s T-Matics Command VMS is powered by I.D. Systems’ patented wireless technology and cloud-hosted in a secure data center. For wireless communications, the system will leverage either an end user’s existing Wi-Fi network or a standalone VHF/cellular solution to enable implementation with minimal IT involvement. The system’s on-vehicle hardware will be a custom version of I.D. Systems’ 4th-generation “VAC4” hardware platform.
“T-Matics is an important part of our strategic plan moving forward,” said Terry Rains, Toyota’s vice president of aftermarket sales. “The T-Matics products will help our dealers and customers better manage their fleets of forklifts by increasing efficiency and utilisation, optimising maintenance schedules, and improving operator accountability.”
The T-Matics products were officially launched to Toyota dealers at the recent annual dealer meeting, where I.D. Systems’ personnel presented a comprehensive introduction to the new T-Matics Command solution, including technical and sales training. Similar regional training sessions will be conducted across North America, where more than 220 dealer locations market Toyota’s products and services.
“We are delighted to enter into this strategic relationship with Toyota, the world’s leading producer of industrial vehicles,” said Kenneth Ehrman, I.D. Systems’ chairman and CEO. “Toyota’s unrivaled sales and distribution network, backed by the quality of Toyota manufacturing and armed with our unique, industry-leading VMS technology, can significantly expand the market for wireless VMS. This is an ideal opportunity for I.D. Systems to build on one of the pillars of our growth strategy: to leverage key channel partners to drive new business, diversify our sources of revenue, and grow our recurring revenue stream. At the same time, our cloud-hosted solution should help reduce cost and effort for end users.”
Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services and tow tractors. For more information, visit www.ToyotaForklift.com.