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2014-08-01
The installed base of active cargo tracking units will reach 4.1 million by 2018
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active tracking devices deployed in cargo loading units including trailers, swap bodies, intermodal containers, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 1.5 million worldwide in Q4-2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3 percent, this number is expected to reach 4.1 million by 2018. The North American trailer telematics market accounts for 60 percent of the total installed base today. The top providers in the North American trailer telematics market including Omnitracs, Skybitz, ID Systems, Orbcomm and Spireon together have an installed base of well over 600,000 active units today. In Europe, Idem Telematics, Mecomo, Schmitz Cargobull and Novacom Europe are major trailer telematics solution providers with over 20,000 active units each. Orbcomm, Envotech, Zenatech, PearTrack Systems, Honeywell and Savi Technology are major providers of intermodal container tracking solutions. OnAsset Intelligence and Moog are examples of actors which offer specialised solutions for real-time tracking of air freight cargo. Technology advancements make it economically feasible to track ever smaller logistics units and in the future it will be commonplace to track not only trailers and shipping containers but also individual pallets and cargo boxes. “Logistics and transportation companies need to be ready to take advantage of the increasing amount of data generated by cargo tracking solutions in order to effectively improve productivity and customer service levels” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Regulations related to cargo transport have furthermore a significant impact on the market environment. Numerous countries worldwide have introduced regulations and programs related to cargo security, tax collection and handling of special cargo such as food, dangerous goods and animals. “Smart tracking solutions can help stakeholders to efficiently comply with this myriad of regulations and programs” noted Mr. Svanberg.

2014-07-04
The installed base of fleet management systems will reach 5.9 million in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe by 2018
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 Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe was 2.9 million in Q4-2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7 percent, this number is expected to reach 5.9 million by 2018. The Russian market accounts for a significant share of the region’s total installed base. The top 10 providers of fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles across Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe together have an installed base of well over 1 million active units today. The leading fleet management providers in terms of installed base in the CIS and Eastern Europe include diverse players from a number of countries. Belarus-based Gurtam is the leading FM software provider active across most countries in the region with over 300,000 commercial vehicles under management. Other top providers with more than 100,000 active FM units for commercial vehicles in the region include ENDS, NIS group, Arvento Mobile Systems and TechnoKom which are all top-ranking telematics players on their respective domestic markets. Additional key vendors include SCOUT, Mobiliz, Omnicomm and Fort-Telecom. The Russian fleet management vendor landscape has seen some significant shifts in recent time. Both M2M Telematics and Russian Navigation Technologies have lost many employees and the latter even filed for bankruptcy in 2014. “There has been an inflow of new start-ups gaining market shares at the expense of struggling Russian top telematics players”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. A key example is the Russian newcomer SpaceTeam which was founded one year ago and now already holds a significant market share on the domestic market. “None of the major international solution providers based in Western Europe, the US or South Africa have however so far managed to capture any leading positions in this region”, said Mr. Andersson. He adds that Berg Insight anticipates increased M&A activities in the region in the upcoming years as the ongoing consolidation wave in Europe and North America reaches the Russian telematics market.

2014-06-30
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2014-06-27
Remote patient monitoring revenues will reach € 19.4 billion by 2018
Berg Insight estimates that revenues for remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions reached € 4.3 billion in 2013, including revenues from medical monitoring devices, mHealth connectivity solutions, care delivery software platforms and monitoring services. RPM revenues are expected to grow at a CAGR of 35.0 percent between 2013 and 2018, reaching € 19.4 billion at the end of the forecast period. Savings attributable to payers and care providers will by far exceed this amount as connected care solutions can allow better health outcomes to be achieved more cost efficiently. The new care models enabled by these technologies are furthermore often consistent with patients’ preferences of living more healthy, active and independent lives. While the healthcare industry is advancing towards an age where connected care solutions will be part of standard practices, this progress is still far from uniform. “The growth in the remote patient monitoring market is today centred on very specific market verticals and regions. Most of the market growth in the sleep therapy segment has for instance occurred in the US and France, where frequent compliance audits are becoming more common” said Lars Kurkinen, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the telehealth market benefits from local and regional project financing in several European countries, whereas remotely monitored medication dispensers gain traction among home care providers in the Benelux and Nordic countries in particular. In addition to this, the first pharmaceutical companies have recently initiated rollouts of connected adherence monitoring solutions that are bundled together with specific drugs. “Another high-level development that will have a major impact on the use of connected care solutions in several countries during the coming years is the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement systems to pay-for-performance structures that emphasize cost-effective delivery of quality care”, adds Mr Kurkinen. In the US, one example of this development is the large number of RFPs for telehealth solutions that are being issued due to the hospital readmission reduction programs.

2014-06-26
Berg Insight says 3.0 million patients worldwide are remotely monitored
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 3.0 million patients worldwide were using connected home medical monitoring devices at the end of 2013. This figure comprises all patients that were remotely monitored by a professional caregiver. Patients that use connected medical devices for personal health tracking are not included in this figure. Until 2018, Berg Insight estimates that the number of patients using connected home medical monitoring devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44.4 percent to 19.1 million. The main application is monitoring of patients with implantable cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices, which with 2.0 million connections accounted for nearly two thirds of all connected home medical monitoring devices in 2013. Sleep therapy and telehealth are the second and third largest segments with 0.54 million and 0.34 million connections respectively at the end of the year. All other device categories – including ECG, glucose level, medication adherence, blood pressure, air flow, home sleep tests, blood oxygen and coagulation monitoring – stood for less than 0.1 million connections each. Berg Insight expects that CRM will remain the single largest device segment throughout the forecast period, growing at a CAGR of 15.1 percent to 4.0 million connections by 2018. However, the CRM segment will account for just 21 percent of all connections in 2018, down from 65 percent in 2013, as the use of connectivity is growing faster in other device segments. Today, more than 70 percent of all connected medical devices rely on PSTN or LAN connectivity for transmitting measurement data to caregivers. However, cellular connectivity has become the most common technology in new medical devices and is forecasted to account for 74 percent of all connections by 2018. A third alternative is that patients use their own mobile devices as health hubs. The bring your own device (BYOD) model can in theory be very cost-efficient as no dedicated hardware or subscriptions are needed, but accounted for less than one percent of all connections in 2013. “It is currently more common that caregivers provide a dedicated tablet or smartphone to a patient for remote monitoring than that a patient uses her own device. The main limitation is in the lack of interoperability between medical monitoring devices, smartphones and tablets” says Lars Kurkinen, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that mHealth connectivity platforms such as 2net Mobile from Qualcomm Life and HealthKit from Apple are emerging as promising solutions and can allow BYOD health hubs to become the favoured alternative for several groups of patients such as diabetics and asthmatics.

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