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Smart cities demand smart public transport
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the smart cities market and in particular Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for public transport. Berg Insight is of the opinion that the market is in a growth phase which will continue in the years to come. The public transport market is impacted by a number of trends, including several ITS-related developments that can alter the playing field for the solution providers on this market. Several parallel technology developments are currently transforming the public transport market, resulting in improved competitiveness as well as integration with alternative modes of transportation. Public transport services are expected to develop significantly in the upcoming years. In order to be a viable alternative for everyday transportation, services must be predictable, comfortable and time-efficient. “Multimodal journeys are often needed to ensure door-to-door travel approaching the flexibility of the car”, said Fredrik Stalbrand, IoT/M2M Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that ITS can have important influence on the quality of journeys involving several transport modes operated by different companies. Real-time information has traditionally seldom been shared between independent actors, making public transport very sensitive when delays occur and connecting services are not notified. “Closer integration and open data sharing between the systems of the ever-increasing number of companies operating public transport services on the deregulated public transport market is thus a prerequisite to achieve competitiveness”, continues Mr. Stalbrand. Better integration of collective transport modes with private modes such as cars and bikes will further increase the overall public transport utilisation. The so-called first and last mile commute problem, referring to the beginning and end of journeys being the most challenging parts, causes many people to choose the car for the entire journey. “New initiatives such as park ‘n’ ride facilities, bike sharing programs and real-time car ridesharing solutions are paving the way for the future”, concludes Mr. Stalbrand.

The installed base of active cargo tracking units will reach 8.1 million by 2020
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released a new market report covering the cargo tracking market. The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units including trailers, intermodal containers, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 2.9 million worldwide in 2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.2 percent, this number is expected to reach 8.1 million by 2020. The North American trailer telematics market is the most developed segment, followed by intermodal container tracking which has achieved considerable growth in the past years. Berg Insight ranks ORBCOMM as the largest vendor of tracking solutions for cargo loading units, having a significant installed base of trailers as well as containers. The company has been highly involved in M&A activity related to real-time asset tracking, including acquisitions such as Euroscan and WAM Technologies. The latter was involved as a subcontractor in AT&T’s major project for Maersk which has rolled out a system for real-time tracking of its entire fleet of 270,000 refrigerated containers. The North American trailer telematics market is dominated by ORBCOMM, SkyBitz, Omnitracs, Spireon and I.D. Systems, while leading Europe-based players include Idem Telematics, Blue Tree Systems, Schmitz Cargobull and Novacom. Notable providers moreover include FreightWatch International and Numerex, having the lion’s share of their installed bases in the general cargo and container tracking segments respectively. Other major players in the container tracking space for example include Envotech and Savi Technology, while major vendors in the segment of air freight cargo tracking include OnAsset Intelligence and Sendum Wireless. Market adoption is in the medium term affected by a number of different factors. “Battery life is a challenge especially for container tracking applications and breakthroughs within battery technology can help drive adoption on the market”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the emerging area of Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) network technologies such as Sigfox, NB-IoT and LoRaWAN can have a positive effect on this market segment. “LPWA technologies’ promise of long battery life and low hardware cost can be especially beneficial for dry containers which are inherently more power-starved compared with reefer containers and trailers, at the same time as the business case for tracking is less obvious than for refrigerated transports”, concludes Mr. Andersson.

Shipments of NFC-ready POS terminals to reach 16.1 million in 2016
According to a new research report from specialist M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continues to show strong momentum in 2016 with annual shipments anticipated to reach an estimated 16.1 million units worldwide. The attach rate for NFC was highest in EU28+2 and North America, where 93 percent and 92 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, almost three out of every five POS terminals shipped in 2016 included NFC. Berg Insight projects the global installed base of NFC-ready POS terminals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9 percent from 45.0 million units in 2016 to 86.9 million units in 2020. As a result, more than 77 percent of the world’s POS terminals will be NFC-ready in 2020, up from 46 percent in 2016. 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 15.0 million POS terminals accepted contactless payments with Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass or UnionPay Quickpass in mid-2016. “The mPOS terminal market is growing faster than the traditional POS terminal segment and there are more than 80 vendors active on the global market today” said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. mPoS is the use of consumer-oriented mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones that function as a point-of-sale terminal to facilitate payment card transactions through a connection to a card-accepting reader. The attach rate for NFC in the mPOS segment is anticipated to reach 45 percent in 2016 as NFC-ready mPOS terminal shipments reach 8.2 million units. Berg Insight forecasts that global shipments of NFC-ready mPOS terminals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.0 percent in the next four years to reach 32.4 million units by 2020. “The growth is driven by the increase in mPOS terminal shipments from 18.0 million units in 2016 to 42.3 million units in 2020, as well as by a growth in the attach rate from 45 percent to 77 percent”, concludes Mr Fagerberg.

Meet Berg Insight at the upcoming Medica and European Utility Week events
Berg Insight will have analysts participating in these two upcoming events. Please contact us if you would like to take the opportunity to meet with us at these events. The MEDICA event in Dusseldorf is held 14-17 November. MEDICA is the world‘s largest medical trade fair with about 132,000 participants. European Utility Week will take place in Barcelona during 15-17 November 2016. The event brings together 10,000 of Europe’s thought leaders and visionaries behind the world’s most successful utilities and solution providers.

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