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2015-02-26
The installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18 percent in 2014
The global installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18.4 percent to 1.16 million units in 2014. Around 0.56 million of these machines have been installed in North America, whereas 0.15 million of the machines were located in Europe. The number of connected vending machines in other parts of the world was 0.45 million, mainly in Japan and Australia. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of connected vending machines worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 18.5 percent to reach 2.7 million units by 2019. As a result, the global penetration rate will reach 15.3 percent at the end of the forecast period. The connected vending market has gained momentum as vending operators have started to deploy cashless payment systems and vending telemetry solutions at a larger scale. The main market driver is currently cashless payments, which has become more and more important as the world moves from coins and bills to electronic payments such as credit cards and mobile wallets. Vending telemetry solutions are expected to have a more transformational effect on the industry in the coming years. “The availability of machine data in real-time coupled with state-of-the-art software platforms make it possible for vending operators to reach entirely new levels of operational efficiency”, said Lars Kurkinen, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. “Vending operators that learn how to benefit from the real-time availability of vending machine data in the best way will have the highest chances of prospering in the vending industry in the next decade”, concludes Mr. Kurkinen.

2015-02-17
Shipments of NFC-ready POS terminals reached 9.5 million in 2014
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continued to show strong momentum in 2014 with annual shipments reaching an estimated 9.5 million units worldwide. The attach rate for NFC was highest in EU28+2 and North America, where 80 percent and 75 percent respectively of the POS terminals shipped featured NFC. NFC was also a very popular feature in many other major markets worldwide, including Brazil, Turkey and China. On a global basis, two out of every five POS terminals that shipped in 2014 included NFC. Berg Insight forecasts that the global installed base of NFC-ready POS terminals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 28.4 percent from 21.4 million units in 2014 to 74.9 million units in 2019. As a result, more than 70 percent of the world’s POS terminals will be NFC-ready in 2019, up from 28 percent in 2014. While the installed base of NFC-ready POS terminals has grown quickly, the contactless technology has in many cases not been activated. This is now changing and Berg Insight estimates that approximately 9.0 million POS terminals accepted contactless payments with Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass or UnionPay Quickpass at the end of 2014. This is a major increase from 2012 when just 2.6 million POS terminals worldwide had the contactless features enabled. “The sharp increase marks yet another milestone in the industry’s move towards contactless payments and mobile wallet services”, said Lars Kurkinen, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. “The data shows that merchants have started to embrace NFC, which up until now has been a missing piece in the puzzle”, concludes Mr Kurkinen.

2015-02-02
Berg Insight to participate in the Mobile World Congress 2015
Berg Insight will take part in the 2015 event in Barcelona that is held March 2-5. There will be 4 representatives from Berg Insight at the event. Please contact us if you would like to take the opportunity to meet with us there. Click on the link below for more information about the event.
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2015-01-27
The installed base of fleet management systems in China will reach 5.9 million units by 2019
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in China was 2.1 million in Q4-2014. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.9 percent, this number is expected to reach 5.9 million by 2019. Track & trace systems dominate the market and the installed base so far includes a significant share of low-end systems with comparatively limited functionality by Western standards. The steep growth anticipated in the upcoming years is expected to be driven by a combination of political decisions to track selected commercial vehicles and the booming e-commerce market which creates demand for efficient transport operations. A range of different players are active on the Chinese fleet management market. Top local telematics providers with installed bases of more than 100,000 units include E6GPS and Etrans. Other major vendors are for example Beijing Zhongdou Technology (Ccompass), Shenzhen Huabao Electronics Technology, Shenzhen Weitongda Electronics and 666GPS. Also a number of Chinese commercial vehicle OEMs have introduced telematics systems. Examples include Foton and Shaanxi Automobile Group in the truck segment as well as Yutong and King Long Group in the bus segment. The latter is also known as the Three Dragons and includes the brands King Long, Golden Dragon and Higer which are all active in the telematics space. Only a few international aftermarket solution providers have so far entered the Chinese FMS market and the installed bases of the foreign vendors remain limited. “Most Western players present in China have installed no more than a few thousand units on this market”, according to the report’s lead author Jan Unander. Examples of international fleet management providers active on the Chinese market include Trimble, MiX Telematics, Microlise and Navman Wireless. “There are regulatory hurdles for foreign players related to maps, data handling and SaaS models”, said Mr. Unander. He adds that these issues are expected to remain in the upcoming years. Berg Insight nevertheless expects that there are promising future business opportunities for Western fleet management providers on the fast-growing Chinese telematics market.

2015-01-12
The number of homes with smart thermostats doubled in 2014
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 105 percent to 3.2 million in 2014. The North American market recorded a 107 percent growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 2.5 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 96 percent year-on-year to reach 0.7 million. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of homes with smart thermostats in Europe and North America will grow at a CAGR of 64.2 percent during the next five years to reach 38.2 million in 2019. North America will remain the largest market at the end of the forecast period with 24.6 million homes that have smart thermostats, whereas the installed base in Europe is expected to reach 13.6 million homes. Smart thermostats is a particularly attractive opportunity in the smart home market, as these systems are of great interest for consumers, energy companies and HVAC service providers. Consumers embrace smart thermostats primarily due to the potential for energy savings, increased comfort and convenience. For energy companies, smart thermostats open up new possibilities to introduce consumer-friendly demand response and energy efficiency programmes. These programmes can enable significant capital savings as lower peak load can reduce expenditures on reserve power generation and the need to purchase energy on the spot market. Adding intelligence to residential heating and cooling systems furthermore opens up new opportunities for HVAC service providers. Predictive maintenance and remote diagnostics can allow repair and maintenance activities to be streamlined and conducted more efficiently. The North American smart thermostat market is led by Nest, Honeywell and Ecobee that each has sold hundreds of thousands of thermostats, primarily through the retail, utility and professional installer channels. These companies are joined by vendors such as Radio Thermostat Company of America and RCS that have gained traction especially in the whole-home system channel through partners such as ADT, Vivint and Alarm.com. Other contenders on the North American market include Emerson, Lennox, Quirky, Trane and Venstar. In Europe, the leading smart thermostat vendor is eQ-3, whose smartphone-controlled radiator thermostats have been installed in more than 0.3 million homes. Other successful initiatives include the smart thermostat solutions offered by the energy companies British Gas in the UK and Eneco in the Netherlands. British Gas’ Hive solution had approximately 0.14 million users at the end of 2014, whereas Eneco had signed up around 0.1 million users for the Toon solution. Other participants in the European smart thermostat market include Climote, Danfoss, Heatapp, Heat Genius, Honeywell, Ngenic, Nest, RWE and Tado.

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