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2017-07-21
The installed base of FM systems in the Americas will exceed 18 million units by 2021
According to a new report from the leading M2M/IoT market research provider Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in North America was 6.7 million in Q4-2016. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.0 percent, this number is expected to reach 13.5 million by 2021. In Latin America, the number of active fleet management systems is expected to increase from 2.5 million in Q4-2016, growing at a CAGR of 12.9 percent to reach 4.7 million in 2021. The top-25 providers of fleet management systems in the Americas together have today a combined installed base of more than 6 million active units in the region. Notably, all of the top-15 players each had more than 100,000 active units in the Americas at the end of 2016. More than 40 percent of the total number of units deployed in the region is represented by the five largest fleet management vendors alone. Verizon has as a result of an ambitious acquisition strategy captured the pole position in the fleet telematics space in terms of size. “The combination of Verizon’s Networkfleet, Telogis and Fleetmatics operations under the same ownership has clearly cemented the US-based carrier as the overall leader from a global perspective”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. In the Americas, Verizon is estimated to outnumber the closest competitors by a factor of three. The runners-up include Trimble, Geotab and Omnitracs which have all surpassed 500,000 active fleet management subscribers in the Americas as of the end of 2016. Zonar Systems is the fifth largest provider in the region, now majority-owned by Continental while Daimler Trucks North America has retained a minority stake. “The OEM telematics initiatives in the Americas have intensified in recent years and most vehicle manufacturers now offer factory-installed fleet telematics solutions either independently or through partnerships with established aftermarket fleet management solution providers”, said Mr. Andersson. He adds that large installed bases of OEM telematics systems are now found especially on the North American market where partner-powered systems are particularly commonplace. Telogis is for example working with vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, Hino, Volvo Trucks, Mack, GM, Isuzu and most recently Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America. Notably, also manufacturers having developed OEM telematics systems in-house have in recent years started to collaborate with aftermarket partners, for example to offer tailored functionality for specific local markets. “Berg Insight anticipates that the partner strategy will continue to grow in popularity among the commercial vehicle manufacturers at the expense of in-house telematics development efforts”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

2017-07-17
Smart thermostats gain traction in Europe and North America
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the smart thermostat market. The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 67 percent to 10.1 million in 2016. The North American market recorded a 64 percent growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 7.8 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 77 percent year-on-year to reach 2.3 million. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of homes with smart thermostats in Europe and North America will grow at a CAGR of 50 percent during the next five years to reach 78.1 million in 2021. North America will remain the largest market at the end of the forecast period with 43.4 million homes that have smart thermostats, whereas the installed base in Europe is expected to reach 34.7 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” says Anders Frick, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. 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 done more efficiently”, adds Mr. Frick. The North American smart thermostat market is led by Nest, Honeywell and Ecobee, 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. Additional participants in the North American market include Emerson, Lennox, Trane and Venstar. In Europe, leading smart thermostat vendors include the European based eQ-3 and Centrica as well as the North American vendors Nest and Honeywell. eQ-3’s smartphone-controlled radiator thermostats have been installed in more than 0.35 million homes. At the end of 2016, the Centrica owned utility British Gas had 0.55 million smart thermostat users in the UK. Centrica also had around 0.40 million smart thermostat users in North America through its Direct Energy operations. Other contenders on the European smart thermostat market include Climote, Danfoss, Heatapp, Heat Genius, Netatmo, Ngenic, RWE and Tado.

2017-07-13
The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 30.3 million in 2016
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 30.3 million in 2016. North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market and the region had an installed base of 21.8 million smart homes at the end of the year, a 47 percent year-on-year growth. The strong market growth is expected to last for years to come, driving the number of smart homes in North America to 73.0 million by 2021, which corresponds to 55 percent of all households. The European market is still a few years behind North America in terms of penetration and market maturity. At the end of 2016, there were 8.5 million smart homes in Europe and the market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57 percent in the next five years to reach 80.6 million smart homes by 2021, which corresponds to 36 percent of all European households. The most successful products on the smart home market include smart thermostats, security systems, smart light bulbs, network cameras and multi-room audio systems from vendors such as IKEA, Philips Lighting, Honeywell, Belkin, Nest, Ecobee, Somfy, Sonos, Canary, Netatmo and D-Link. Major vendors of comprehensive whole-home smart home systems include a mix of energy-, security- and communication service providers and home automation specialists such as Vivint, ADT, Comcast, Control4 and AT&T in North America and Verisure, eQ-3, RWE, Deutsche Telekom and Loxone in Europe. “2017 is anticipated to be a good year for smart home technology as entry-level smart home systems have become affordable for the mass market, at the same time as the reliability and features have improved significantly” says Anders Frick, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. New innovative user interfaces are also important as a catalyst for market growth. “Several ICT industry giants are now betting on voice driven user interfaces to make it easier to control smart home solutions”, continues Mr. Frick. The Alexa service from Amazon has quickly become very popular through its Echo products and Google is pushing its digital assistant through Google Home. Furthermore, Apple with its HomeKit platform and the HomePod smart speaker as well as Microsoft with its Cortana service and the Invoke speaker are ready to challenge Amazon and Google when the devices are being launched later in 2017. Berg Insight anticipates that the popularity of voice enabled speakers will continue to increase and that smart speakers will be one of the most significant user interfaces in the home environment. “Amazon is still the leading player but Google’s and Apple’s ecosystems are stronger, at least outside North America” says Mr. Frick. There are additional smart speaker initiatives as well. Lenovo has announced a smart assistant and Japan-based LINE Corporation will launch WAVE using the virtual assistant Clova later in 2017. There are even open source alternatives, such as the assistant Mark 1 from Mycroft. Ivee Voice, Invoxia’s Triby, JAM Voice, Cubic, Fabriq and Zettaly Avy are additional smart speakers on the market.

2017-06-16
The 300 largest cellular IoT deployments together account for 156 million units
Berg Insight presents for the first time a unique database covering the 300 largest cellular IoT deployments identified as part of the company’s world-class IoT market research activities since 2004. The extensive list includes various types of projects and product categories deployed across all types of vertical markets including aftermarket automotive, fleet management & MRM, healthcare, OEM automotive, retail applications, smart homes and buildings, utilities, wearables & consumer electronics as well as industrial M2M and other. The database includes project size and geographical distribution by the end of 2016 as well as a 5-year forecast for each individual project. “The projects included in the top-300 list together account for approximately 156.0 million active cellular IoT subscriptions”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that this corresponds to as much as 39.2 percent of the total number of cellular IoT connections worldwide at the end of 2016. The 300 projects on the list are in the coming years forecasted to grow to 344.5 million units by 2021, corresponding to an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2 percent. “More than 30 deployments on the list have surpassed 1 million subscriptions and the top-10 projects alone account for over 60 million units”, continued Mr. Andersson. Fleet management & MRM is the largest vertical in terms of the number of projects that made the top list, followed by retail applications, aftermarket automotive and OEM automotive as well as smart homes and buildings. When comparing the number of active subscriptions represented by each vertical for the entries in the top-300 list, OEM automotive is instead the largest vertical, accounting for 30.0 million units, ahead of utilities at close to 27.6 million units and aftermarket automotive representing 24.1 million units.

2017-05-17
The lone worker protection services market to reach € 260 million by 2021
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the market for lone worker protection solutions and services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from € 121 million in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 percent to reach about € 260 million in 2021. Market drivers include occupational safety regulations, increasing employee insurance costs and higher awareness of risks that lone workers can face. A growing number of countries are adopting regulations that specifically address the safety of lone workers. Notable examples include the UK, Canada, France, Germany and most recently the US. The penetration of lone worker protection services based on monitored lone worker devices and smartphone apps remains very low in Europe and North America – an estimated 2 percent at the end of 2016. Even in leading markets like the UK, the penetration of monitored services has only reached about 5 percent of the total workforce of lone workers. A group of specialist companies offering lone worker protection services have emerged on the core markets of the UK and Canada. In the UK, major integrated providers with in-house alarm receiving centre operations include Send For Help Group, which trades under its subsidiaries SkyGuard and Guardian24, as well as the Kings III subsidiary SoloProtect. Additional companies with notable market shares in the UK include Rocksure Systems, Reliance Protect and Safe Apps. Leading specialist lone worker service providers in Canada are for example Tsunami Solutions and Blackline Safety. Lone workers rely primarily on dedicated GPS location devices featuring alarm buttons or smartphone apps to send alarms. “The app segment grew rapidly in 2016, and is currently growing faster than the device segment”, said Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. He mentions that enforcement of legislation in Western Europe and pockets of North America is expanding, resulting in many greenfield customers adopting lone worker safety solutions, especially within the private sector. “Dedicated devices and smartphone apps are likely to coexist on the market for lone worker protection services due to the broad spectrum of risks across different jobs involving working alone”, concluded Mr. Stålbrand.

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