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2016-08-15
The installed base of fleet management systems in Australia and New Zealand will reach 1.1 million units by 2020
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Australia and New Zealand was 0.5 million in Q4-2015 according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.0 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.1 million by 2020. The fleet management market in Australia and New Zealand is today influenced positively by a number of different market drivers including regulatory developments such as health and safety regulations, road user charges and electronic work diaries. “The fleet management solution market in Australia and New Zealand is served by a variety of players ranging from small local vendors to leading international solution providers”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that Teletrac Navman is established as the leading provider in terms of subscriber base in the region, holding a strong position in both Australia and New Zealand. “Other major players on the market include EROAD, IntelliTrac, MTData and Smartrak which are all based in the region”, continued Mr. Andersson. The local suppliers Ezy2c and Coretex as well as the international vendors MiX Telematics, Ctrack and Geotab also have comparably strong presence. A number of commercial vehicle OEMs have also launched fleet management offerings for vehicles marketed in the region either independently or working in partnership with a telematics supplier. “The adoption levels for the OEM telematics initiatives however remain relatively modest and the market is so far clearly dominated by aftermarket solution providers serving fleets directly”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

2016-08-09
IoT platform revenues will grow to € 3 billion worldwide by 2021
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the global third party Internet of Things (IoT) platform market increased 36 percent to € 610 million in 2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent, revenues are forecasted to reach € 3.05 billion in 2021. There is a wide range of software platforms available, intended to reduce cost and development time for IoT solutions by offering standardised components that can be shared across many industry verticals to integrate devices, networks and applications. Most IoT platforms available on the market today can be categorised as being a connectivity management platform, a device management platform or an application enablement platform, although there are many products that offer overlapping functionality or other unique features. Many enterprises and organisations have already been involved in various machine-to-machine (M2M) deployments that have typically been characterised by customised solutions deployed within single industry verticals, or by one company, to improve existing business operations. IoT puts more emphasis on integration of sensors, devices and information systems across industry verticals and organisations to transform operations and enable new business models. “IoT furthermore aims to facilitate a better understanding of complex systems through analytics based on data from diverse sources to assist decision making, improve products and enable entirely new services”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Whereas connectivity and device management platforms have already reached comparatively high adoption, the market for application enablement platforms (AEPs) is in an earlier phase. AEPs typically provide functionality such as data collection, data storage and analytics. Fully featured platforms also provide tools, frameworks and APIs for creating business applications featuring data management, event processing, automated tasks and data visualisation. Many platforms also provide tools and ready-made libraries and UI frameworks that facilitate modelling and creation of interactive applications, workspaces and dashboards with little or no need for coding. “The AEP segment is seeing considerable activity in terms of acquisitions and new market entrants”, said Mr. Malm. After PTC acquired ThingWorx and Axeda, other major software and IT companies have followed. Examples include Amazon that acquired 2lemetry, Autodesk that acquired SeeControl and Microsoft that acquired Solair. Other leading IT companies that are extending their service offerings to include IoT platforms – often focusing on analytics and machine learning – include IBM, SAP and Oracle. “As a group, AEP vendors primarily face competition from system integrators and companies that develop similar functionality in-house”, concluded Mr. Malm.

2016-08-04
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2016-07-12
The installed base of FM systems in the Americas will exceed 16 million units by 2020
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in North America was 5.8 million in Q4-2015. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.0 percent, this number is expected to reach 12.7 million by 2020. In Latin America, the number of active fleet management systems is expected to increase from 2.3 million in Q4-2015, growing at a CAGR of 12.8 percent to reach 4.1 million in 2020. The top-15 providers of fleet management systems in the Americas now have a combined installed base of more than 4 million active units in the region and the top-5 players alone account for 2.5 million units. Leading solution providers including Fleetmatics, Omnitracs, Telogis, Trimble and Geotab now all have more than 400,000 active units on this market. The fast-growing fleet management industry has for several years been in a phase of strong consolidation which shows no signs of slowing down in the near-term. “Leading providers on a global basis have now surpassed half a million fleet management subscribers by far and are continuing to grow at a high pace driven by organic growth in combination with selective M&As”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Notable transactions in 2015 include the merger of Teletrac and Navman Wireless to create a global telematics organisation as well as the combination of BSM Technologies and Webtech Wireless on the North American market. Fleetmatics moreover continued its international expansion, acquiring Ornicar in France and Visirun in Italy during the year. The first half of 2016 has also seen its fair share of high-profile deals. Most notably, Verizon Communications announced in June that it had signed an agreement to purchase Telogis, thus considerably extending its existing presence in the fleet management sector which also includes the Verizon Networkfleet business stemming from the acquisition of Hughes Telematics in 2012. “The acquisition of Telogis propels Verizon to a leading position from a global perspective in terms of fleet management subscriber base”, said Mr. Andersson. He adds that Berg Insight anticipates that at least one of the solution providers will have reached the milestone of 1 million fleet management units globally by 2018.

2016-07-04
The installed base of wireless IoT devices in Industrial Automation reached 14.3 million in 2015
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation reached 14.3 million in 2015. The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.7 percent to reach 62.0 million by 2021. There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants. The increasing popularity of Ethernet based networks in factory automation is one of the key drivers for the popularity of Wi-Fi in such applications. 802.15.4 based standards such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a are major contenders at the field level in process automation networks. The emerging area of Low Power Wide Area Networking (LPWAN) is a promising alternative in remote monitoring applications. The wireless IoT device market is served by a multitude of players from various backgrounds including global automation solution providers, automation equipment and solution vendors, industrial communication specialists and IoT communication specialists. Emerson, Honeywell, GE and Yokogawa are leading vendors of 802.15.4 devices in industrial automation. Siemens, Cisco, Belden, Moxa, Schneider Electric and Eaton are major vendors of Wi-Fi devices while Eaton, GE and Sierra Wireless are important vendors of cellular devices for industrial automation applications. Higher levels of automation and IoT solutions enable shorter lead times, lower inventories, increased throughput as well as more flexibility and the ability to respond faster to changing customer needs. “Wireless communication and industrial IoT solutions can provide integration of different automation systems as well as enterprise systems which enables supply chains to be lean, even with a complex mix of products and output levels” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Connected automation solutions also open up the possibility for entirely new business and service models which can give companies a much needed competitive edge in today’s manufacturing landscape”, concluded Mr. Svanberg.

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