AA DriveTech, part of the AA Group, announced today that it has purchased Harrogate-based Intelligent Data Systems, a leading provider of driver risk management products and services; the purchase price has not been released.
Intelligent Data Systems provides a suite of online management tools allowing those who manage both company-owned and employee-owned vehicles to have detailed, consolidated information about both drivers and vehicles, allowing them to meet their duty of care obligations with the minimum of effort.
Specifically, Intelligent Data Systems delivers:
- Driver licence verification services
- Insurance and MOT verification services
- Company-owned vehicle driver risk management data
- Employee-owned (grey fleet) vehicle driver risk management data
The company will continue to trade as a separate legal entity while becoming a trading operation within the AA DriveTech business. Jonathan Jerome, Commercial Director at Intelligent Data Systems will join the AA DriveTech Management team and oversee the integration of the company into AA DriveTech. Mike Routledge and Ben Liddicott will remain in their respective posts of Sales & Marketing Director and IT & Systems Director within Intelligent Data Systems.
Commenting on the acquisition, AA DriveTech MD Jim Kirkwood said, “This deal is all about outstanding strategic fit and expansion of our duty of care portfolio. By combining both company’s existing market positions as well as our complementary technologies, we believe we can significantly grow both businesses in the short and long term. It also strengthens our ability to deliver technology-based solutions to the fleet risk sector and improves our reach in the North of England”.
Jonathan Jerome of Intelligent Data Systems commented, “Having worked very closely with the AA for a number of years, we’re delighted to be joining the AA family which will underpin our growth and provide access to resources to expand on our existing market leadership position. We have also been very innovative in the ‘grey fleet’ arena and see many opportunities to offer our services to AA DriveTech’s customers and vice versa. It’s very much ‘business as usual’ as our customers will continue to deal with the same teams and people as they always have; this was a particularly important element of the deal for the Directors and management team at Intelligent Data Systems”.