Through the partnership, the TCR Group will be able to incorporate Targa Telematics systems for improved operations for ground handling services and airlines.
An industry-wide mutually unique agreement has been signed in Brussels, cementing the partnership between TCR Group, the world-leading ground support equipment (GSE) rental company active in 120 airports across 18 countries, and Targa Telematics, leader in solutions for car rentals and shared mobility. The latter will contribute its technologies for the management, maintenance, monitoring and pooling of service and ground support vehicles.
Through the partnership, TCR seeks to boost its offers to customers with a highly competitive and differentiated range of innovation-based services and, more generally, the further growth of a market in which it already enjoys consolidated leadership.
Targa in collaboration with TCR intends to consolidate its role as a leader in the digitalisation of airport management and the challenges inherent in ground handling, a sector currently in great ferment.
The Targa Telematics digital platform is well-proven by its solid experience in managing large fleets of connected vehicles and is a pioneer in airport telematics with specific patents to its credit.
By enabling the remote, real-time monitoring of GSE vehicles and motorised assets, it improves processes and activities, ensures optimum maintenance with significant safety repercussions and allows sharing between different operators, authorising access and use by relevant technical staff, similar to car sharing.
The Targa Telematics digital platform is also able to certify to the authorities the adequacy of activities carried out and their compliance with current regulations. These features will be integrated with TCR’s competences, so that in addition to operating leasing services, it will open logistics and operational sites in all major airports for the support and maintenance of vehicles used by their customers.
Targa Telematics CEO Nicola De Mattia said: “We are proud of this partnership and will offer our best to support TCR in its ambitious objectives. We will work together to implement new business models with positive impacts on the rates of use of vehicles and on safety, having already gained experience on large-scale projects and will provide not only telematics but also smart mobility and pooling for airport vehicles, from the simplest to the most complex.
“Combining our capacities, we will work together to develop the sector and open up new markets, where often the use of these technologies has not been started yet.”
TCR COO Tom Bellekens said: “I strongly believe that this partnership has been possible because we both have the same high-level quality expectations and a continuous improvement approach to optimally serve our customers.
“We are proud at TCR to propose to our customers such a performant solution which is fully in line with the GSE market expectations and with our commercial philosophy: allow customers to continuously ease and improve operations cost-effectively and safely. The important scalability of the TCR Targa Telematics’ offer is key to respond to our customers’ ambitions deployment plans for this type of solution.”