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2014-11-17
Lone worker protection services forecasted to have 2.2 million users in Europe and North America by 2020
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of users of monitored lone worker protection services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from nearly 0.7 million in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent to reach about 2.2 million in 2020. Lone worker protection services often rely on dedicated GPS location devices featuring alarm buttons and man down detection sensors. The monitoring services are in many cases provided by certified alarm receiving centres (ARCs). Major drivers on this market include occupational safety regulations, increasing employee insurance costs and a higher general awareness of the risks that lone workers face. Occupational safety regulations exist in most countries, especially in Europe. Several countries have also adopted regulations that specifically address the safety of lone workers. Notable examples include the UK, Canada, France and Germany. “The UK has emerged as the most advanced market for lone worker safety services thanks to the way in which the regulations are upheld in the country, the comparatively high awareness of such services among organisations and companies, as well as the availability of standards that apply to providers of lone worker safety services and devices” said André Malm, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. Workforce management solutions that use dedicated wireless devices have been available for more than a decade. Standardised workforce management apps running on smartphones enable also small and medium sized companies without the resources to implement customized IT solutions to adopt mobile workforce management solutions. “The highest adoption of mobile workforce management can still be found in the construction, distribution and utilities industries and awareness is also growing in other sectors such as field services and real estate, as well as in public sectors like healthcare and social services,” said Mr. Malm. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of users of workforce management apps in Europe and North America will grow from nearly 1.0 million in 2013 to about 3.0 million at the end of 2020. Family locator services is the largest category of people monitoring and safety solutions in the consumer segment and aims to provide peace of mind for parents and children. These are today primarily handset-based, but there are also numerous dedicated cellular/GPS location solutions on the market, increasingly in the form of wearables such as wristwatches. “Dedicated location devices are mainly addressing niche segments such as monitoring of small children that cannot use handsets” continues Mr. Malm. Dedicated locator devices are also used to care for seniors, as well as people suffering from various medical conditions. Telecare systems allow seniors and people with cognitive disabilities to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. The next generation wearable telecare devices featuring cellular connectivity are now also available and are more suitable for elderly that live active lifestyles.

2014-10-24
Berg Insight says 13.7 million Europeans will use connected care solutions in 2019
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 4.7 million people in Europe were using connected care solutions at the end of 2013. The figure refers to users of traditional telecare, next-generation telecare and telehealth solutions in the EU28+2 countries. Until 2019, Berg Insight forecasts that the number of connected care users will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.2 percent to reach 13.7 million. Traditional telecare is currently the largest and most mature of the three market segments. The next-generation telecare and telehealth market segments are in a more nascent stage but are entering a strong growth phase that is expected to last for many years to come. The European connected care industry is facing major changes that will reshape the competitive environment for solution vendors and service providers during the coming years. One of the main developments is the digitalization of telephone networks that already has started in several countries. Massive replacements of telecare equipment will be needed due to that analogue devices no longer function reliably when the PSTN infrastructure is modernized. At the same time, the market is opening up to new types of solutions that can advance the delivery of care to the next level. This includes next-generation telecare systems that support functionalities such as remote visits and video communication. “There is a strong need for solutions that enable social care and healthcare services to be delivered more cost-efficiently without compromising the quality of care”, said Lars Kurkinen, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that this need will only grow stronger in the future as the European population structure ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases increases.

2014-10-14
The installed base of fleet management systems will reach 7.1 million in 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 Europe was 3.65 million in Q4-2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2 percent, this number is expected to reach 7.10 million by 2018. A group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as the leaders on the European fleet management market. Masternaut reported an active installed base of close to 350,000 units in July 2014, mainly in France and the UK. TomTom Telematics was the fastest growing vendor also in 2014 and has now surpassed 400,000 subscribers in August 2014. The two companies today share the number one spot in terms of active installed base in Europe. Digicore has also joined the exclusive group of fleet management providers in Europe having more than 100,000 active devices in the field. Transics is number one in the heavy trucks segment with an estimated 85,000 active units installed. A major trend in the past three years has been the announcements of standard line fitment of fleet management solutions among the HCV manufacturers. Scania, Daimler, Volvo and MAN now experience fast growth of telematics subscribers thanks to these initiatives. FleetBoard by Daimler, Dynafleet by Volvo and Scania Fleet Management are the most sold systems with cumulative shipments of 150,000 units, 135,000 units and 100,000 units respectively as of Q4-2013. A recent trend is that LCV manufacturers increasingly work together with aftermarket players to offer fleet management solutions. PSA Peugeot Citroën has for instance launched a new fleet management service on the French market in partnership with Orange Business Services in April 2014. Ford and Telogis recently partnered to deliver fleet management solutions to Ford customers in Europe. Teletrac has moreover for a long time collaborated with OEMs on the UK market, including Citroën and Mercedes Benz. M&A activities on this market continued with full force in 2014. “Seven major mergers and acquisitions have so far taken place this year among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. At the beginning of 2014, Qualcomm finally divested also the majority of the European arm of its fleet business to Astrata Group, a fleet management company headquartered in Singapore. Later in February, WABCO acquired Transics and the transaction valued the company at about € 100 million. Lysanda acquired UK-based TRACKER Network in February and plans to establish Tantalum Corporation from the combined business. In April, TomTom also acquired the French FM provider DAMS Tracking, adding another 27,000 subscriptions to the installed base. Francisco Partners moreover divested Masternaut to Summit Partners and FleetCor in the same month. In July 2014, Zucchetti Group acquired a majority share of Macnil from its founders. The latest transaction was done in October 2014 when Finder acquired its Polish competitor Autoguard to form the largest FMS provider in Poland. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the still overcrowded industry will continue in 2015.

2014-10-03
Berg Insight to participate in M2M Summit Scandinavia
Berg Insight will take part in the M2M Summit Scandinavia that is held November 4 in Stockholm. Our Senior Analyst Tobias Ryberg will present. 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. Tobias will also participate in the European Utility Week that is held in Amsterdam in the same week. Let us know if you would like to meet with us there as well.
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2014-10-02
The installed base of fleet management systems will reach 12 million units in the Americas 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 North America was 4.0 million in Q4-2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.3 percent, this number is expected to reach 8.1 million by 2018. In Latin America, the number of active fleet management systems is expected to increase from 1.9 million in Q4-2013, growing at a CAGR of 16.1 percent to reach 3.9 million in 2018. The top ten providers of fleet management systems in the Americas now have a combined installed base of more than 2.5 million active units in the region. Leading solution providers including Fleetmatics, Trimble, Zonar Systems and Telogis now all have more than 300,000 active units in this market. The consolidation trend in the fleet management industry has continued and the market has seen a number of major transactions in recent years. Qualcomm has divested its Omnitracs business which pioneered the fleet management industry in the 1980s. Omnitracs has since then acquired other solution providers – most notably the competing heavy truck fleet management provider XRS with more than 100,000 subscribers. The global fuel card and workforce payment provider FleetCor has moreover acquired NexTraq based in the US while the tire manufacturer Michelin has acquired the leading Brazilian fleet management provider Sascar. “These two deals are particularly interesting due to the fact that the well-known acquirers are newcomers to the fleet management space”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that both FleetCor and Michelin decided to enter this market after having identified relevant synergies between its traditional product portfolios and fleet management solutions. The fleet management industry still remains overcrowded as there are hundreds of solution providers in the Americas alone. Numerous additional mergers and acquisitions are thus expected in this industry in the upcoming years. “Berg Insight anticipates a future scenario where the global fleet management market is dominated by a handful of providers with installed bases measured in the millions”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

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