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2017-04-11
The installed base of fleet management systems in South Africa to reach 1.9 million units by 2021
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in South Africa reached an estimated 1.1 million in Q4-2016. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.9 million by 2021. The market is dominated by a group of aftermarket telematics players including Cartrack, MiX Telematics, Ctrack, Altech Netstar and Tracker which are all headquartered in South Africa and have installed bases of more than 100,000 fleet management units each on the domestic market. Notably, these top-5 players together represent as much as two thirds of the total number of active fleet management systems in use in the country today. “Foreign telematics players have generally not managed to achieve any top-ranking market shares on the South African fleet management market so far”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. TomTom Telematics, Pointer Telocation and Geotab are all examples of international providers that are active in the country. “Most other foreign vendors have more limited presence and many renowned international players have not yet entered South Africa at all”, continued Mr. Andersson. He adds that the remote location and the relatively high telematics penetration on the market – combined with the presence of an abundance of local solution providers including an exclusive group of dominant domestic players – can act as barriers to entry for international fleet management providers eyeing the South African market. The new edition of Berg Insight’s report on Fleet Management in South Africa for the first time also includes an outlook on the overall African market. Africa is clearly a highly diverse geographic region from a fleet management perspective. The continent can in general be divided into three subregions – South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) and Northern Africa. The South African fleet telematics market is far ahead of the rest of the continent in terms of adoption, whereas Sub-Saharan Africa is the least developed region if excluding South Africa. Northern Africa is comparably advanced and well ahead of Sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to fleet telematics penetration, though still quite a bit behind South Africa. The African fleet management market beyond South Africa is by many industry representatives described as challenging – though certainly also promising – for several reasons. The recent weak economic environment and foreign exchange rate fluctuations in combination with the unstable political climate makes the market a challenging business environment overall. There are however promising prospects for players adapting to the local market dynamics as the Rest of Africa market has considerably more untapped opportunity than what South Africa can offer at this stage.

2017-04-03
Berg Insight ranks connected pallets as the most promising greenfield IoT application enabled by LPWA technologies
A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight ranks connected pallets as the most promising greenfield application enabled by the new wave of cellular and non-cellular LPWA technologies. As per some estimates, the global base of pallets used for transportation is around 10 billion units. “With an average sales price of US$ 10 per unit for regular pallets, the cost of adding connectivity can be justified by increasing efficiency in many logistics operations”, says Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst and author of the report. “The ability to track pallets can also contribute to extending their lifespan which is currently around 2 years”. He adds that connected pallets are being evaluated by several large industry players right now who could proceed with large-scale deployments in a very near future. Smart cities and smart agriculture are other potential mass-volume market segments where LPWA technologies will be a key enabler. Berg Insight however believes that there are significant barriers that must be overcome before they can scale. Moving from today’s limited smart cities demonstration projects to city-wide deployments will be costly, complex and time-consuming. Smart agriculture is in an even earlier stage of development where the initial focus lies on proof-of-concept and application prototyping. “Today’s top IoT devices – the connected car and the smart meter – needed more than a decade to mature”, says Mr Ryberg. “The smart city and the intelligent farm will need at least that much time to grow from vision to reality”.

2017-03-30
The installed base of cellular M2M devices in the retail industry to reach 49.2 million by 2020
The number of cellular M2M connections in the retail industry reached 33.7 million worldwide in 2016, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. Cellular M2M technology enables devices such as POS terminals, ATMs, digital signs and ticketing machines to be used at new locations where fixed line connectivity is unavailable or impractical. The technology has a more transformational effect on markets such as vending and parking, where machine operators need to reorganize their operations in order to benefit from the availability of real-time information. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of cellular M2M connections in the global retail industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.0 percent during the next five years to reach 49.2 million connections in 2020. Shipments of cellular M2M devices for retail applications will at the same time increase at a CAGR of 5.6 percent from 11.5 million units in 2016 to 14.4 million units in 2020. POS terminals constitute the largest device segment and accounted for 89 percent of all cellular M2M connections in the retail industry at the end of 2016. The market for wirelessly connected POS terminals is however relatively mature, and most of the market growth is driven by the increasing use of electronic payments in emerging markets. “The multi-space parking meter segment was one of the first vertical markets to embrace cellular M2M connectivity and has today reached the highest connectivity penetration of 59 percent”, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. In recent years, cellular connectivity has also found its way into the single-space parking meters market, which has become one of the fastest growing segments. Berg Insight expects that the vending machine segment will present a major opportunity for wireless connectivity in the long term. “Today only 1.8 million of the world’s 17.1 million vending machines are online. Every vending machine will eventually be connected, but costs for the wireless M2M hardware and subscriptions still need to come down significantly before this vision becomes reality”, Mr Fagerberg concludes.

2017-03-29
Cellular IoT device shipments will reach 530.1 million units in 2022
According to a new research report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of cellular IoT devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.7 percent from 155.6 million units in 2016 to reach 530.1 million units in 2022. Strong growth is fueled by fast-growing demand in China and the global adoption of connected car technology in the automotive industry. Berg Insight believes that the maturity of the ecosystem is a crucial advantage for 3GPP-based standards in the IoT market. “LTE-M and NB-IoT are the latest in a long line of cellular standards already connecting hundreds of millions of devices worldwide”, says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst and author of the report. “Alternative non-cellular LPWA technologies have a very long way to go before they achieve the same prominence”. Berg Insight estimates that annual shipments of non-cellular LPWA devices for IoT reached 13.5 million units in 2016. 802.15.4 WAN accounted for 8.0 million units, while shipments of LoRa and Sigfox were around 4.0 million and 1.5 million units respectively. The vast majority of 802.15.4 devices are smart energy meters deployed in North America and other regions. Looking ahead, Berg Insight believes that LoRa and Sigfox will outgrow 802.15.4 WAN and achieve annual shipments in the range of 50–100 million units each by 2022. Based on initial feedback from the market, volume segments for non-cellular LPWA in the near to medium term will be asset tracking, buildings & security and smart cities.

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