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2017-11-20
Berg Insight adds analyst to its team
We welcome our new colleague Martin Bäckman to Berg Insight. Martin will work as an IoT analyst in our Gothenburg office.

2017-10-25
The installed base of fleet management systems in Australia and New Zealand to reach 1.4 million units by 2021
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Australia and New Zealand was almost 0.7 million in Q4-2016 according to a new research report from M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.7 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.4 million by 2021. The fleet management market in Australia and New Zealand is today influenced positively by a number of market drivers including regulatory developments such as health and safety regulations, road user charges and electronic work diaries. A wide variety of players serve the fleet management market in Australia and New Zealand, ranging from small local vendors to leading international solution providers. “Industry representatives however argue that the Australian fleet management space is actually not as fragmented as many other markets considering its size”, says Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that though there is a myriad of very small players, the fact that there are few players with large installed bases means that the overall market is indeed comparably consolidated in terms of market share. “The top-10 players in Australia and New Zealand account for more than half of the active units on the market. Almost 40 percent is even represented by the top-5”, continued Mr. Andersson. Berg Insight ranks Teletrac Navman as the largest provider in Australia and New Zealand, having surpassed the milestone of 100,000 active units in the region in 2017. Other major players on the market include EROAD, IntelliTrac, MTData, Smartrak and Coretex which are all based in the region, as well as international players including Verizon, Altech Netstar, Fleet Complete, MiX Telematics and Ctrack. “Ongoing M&A activity in the region adds to the consolidation of the market and the emergence of a limited number of dominant solution providers with above-average growth rates“, concludes Mr. Andersson.

2017-10-20
Berg Insight says 62.0 million European households will have smart gas meters by 2022
According to a new report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart gas meters in Europe will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 37.8 percent between 2016 and 2022 to reach 62.0 million units at the end of the period. Deployments of smart gas meters on the European market accelerated in 2017 as the number of installed devices reached 17.3 million. The growth is mainly driven by nationwide rollouts in France, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. Italy is the largest market with annual demand projected to peak at more than 5 million units towards the end of the decade. France entered the mass-rollout phase in 2017 and the UK market is expected to take off in 2018. In the Netherlands, the full-scale rollout is already underway and will continue until the early 2020s. The European smart gas meters use a variety of communication methods, including fixed RF networks and local interfaces to master electricity meters. Short-range radio communication using the 169 MHz frequency band is the de-facto industry networking standard in France and Italy where smart gas meters are deployed independently of smart electricity meters. In the UK and the Netherlands, local wired or wireless interfaces are used for transmitting readings via the customer’s smart electricity meter. Several vendors have performed successful trials of using NB-IoT networks for connecting smart gas meters in the past year. “Berg Insight expects that smart gas metering will become one of the first high-volume applications for NB-IoT”, said Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “The combination of low data volumes and the need for 10+ year battery operation is an ideal match”.

2017-10-19
Berg Insight says pure-play PLC smart meter shipments in Europe will peak in 2017
Annual shipments of smart electricity meters in Europe will grow by 71 percent in 2017 to reach 23.1 million units, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growth is driven by accelerating deployments in France, Italy and the UK that coincide with the final phase of the nationwide rollout in Spain. The great majority of the devices deployed in 2017 use powerline communication (PLC). Already in 2018, shipments of PLC smart meters are however expected to start to decline, even as the market remains strong. Instead radio-based technologies like 4G cellular (LTE-M/NB-IoT) and RF mesh will increase their market shares. “France and Spain will be the last major countries in Western Europe to deploy pure-play PLC smart metering solutions”, says Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. “Italy is switching to hybrid PLC/RF communication for improved reliability in the second-generation rollout starting this year. The UK and the Netherlands focus on 2G/4G cellular technologies and in Scandinavia, RF mesh networks have come to dominate the market”. Berg Insight believes that IoT-optimised cellular technologies such as LTE-M/NB-IoT and RF mesh networks will steadily increase their market shares in smart metering over the next 5–10 years. The shift from 2G to 4G/5G will eventually offer improved performance at lower cost. LTE-M will probably be the most suitable alternative for smart electricity metering, while NB-IoT will cover the needs in smart gas and water metering. At the same time, the standardisation of RF mesh networks by the Wi-SUN Alliance and other standard bodies has a good potential for establishing a thriving ecosystem for connected products in the smart cities and smart energy markets.

2017-10-17
The installed base of service robots will reach 264 million worldwide by 2026
According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the installed base of service robots reached 29.6 million worldwide at the end of 2016. The global service robot market is dominated by three segments that together accounted for a majority of the global installed base at the end of 2016. The largest segment in terms of installed base is the floor cleaning robot segment, which alone accounted for 80 percent of total at the end of 2016 with an estimated 23.8 million units. The other two large segments include the UAV segment as well as the robot lawn mower segment, which are estimated to have reached installed bases of around 4.0 million and 1.6 million units respectively at the end of 2016. Moreover, 0.1 million AGVs and 0.05 million milking robots are estimated to have been active at the end of 2016. The remaining segments including humanoid robots, assistant robots and companion robots, telepresence robots, powered human exoskeletons, surgical robots and autonomous mobile robots are all estimated to have had less than 50,000 units installed each at the end of 2016. The strong market growth is expected to last for years to come, driving the installed base of active service robots worldwide to 264.3 million by 2026, which corresponds to CAGR of 24 percent between 2016 and 2026. The growing interest and rapid development in service robotics in recent years is much due to the many innovative and successful start-ups active on the market. Large companies are also increasingly investing in robotics, either through in-house R&D investments or via acquisitions of start-ups. “Service robots are clearly on the rise in everyday environments” says Egil Edvardsen, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. “Already today, domestic service robots help individuals in their homes to clean the floors and windows, mow the lawn and water the garden. In a not too distant future, we can expect domestic robots of even higher sophistication and capability, such as assistive robots for supporting the elderly, for helping with additional household chores and for entertainment and education”. Robotics in professional applications has already had a significant impact in areas such as agriculture, healthcare, logistics and public relations and is growing in economic importance. “Robotic exoskeletons help elderly and disabled people to restore body functions and enable them to remain active in society. In hospitals, innovative robots support doctors to perform safer and less invasive surgeries. Autonomous robots transport goods and parcels in manufacturing plants and logistics centres. Unmanned aerial vehicles can autonomously gather useful data for a variety of industries such as agriculture”, continues Carl Jonsson, IoT analyst, Berg Insight.

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