Andy Deninger has been appointed vice president of engineering by SmartDrive Systems, a provider of driving performance solutions.

Deninger has nearly two decades of experience developing telematics platforms for transportation fleets. He will be responsible for spearheading product innovation for SmartDrive’s video based safety and transportation analytics platform, as well as its application development and firmware quality assurance.

“I’m excited to be joining the SmartDrive team,” said Deninger. “Telematics solutions provide tremendous value, but they often lack the visibility that timely video insights can offer. To succeed in this space, platforms must manage and analyze the scale of “big data” coming from the vehicle, accurately identify material risk and provide quick, insightful analysis to fleets. SmartDrive does that today and I look forward to leading our team as we continue to push the boundaries of safety innovation with our platform.”  

Deninger most recently led the engineering division of Omnitracs.

“Andy’s deep technical experience in the transportation space paired with his extensive background in building telematics platforms will play a critical role in SmartDrive’s future platform innovation,” said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. “Our customers are reacting to driving risks in real-time and need a solution that is capable of delivering insights within minutes of the event, not days or months. This requires a predictive analytics platform with an open architecture that scales, enabling fleets to take advantage of their existing safety technology investments, as well as those they will make in the future. Simply put, you need a technical team with the experience and expertise to achieve this, and we’re thrilled to have Andy leading the charge.”