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2014-04-10
The installed base of wireless M2M devices in the oil & gas industry reached 423,000 in 2013
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil & gas applications worldwide was 423,000 at the end of 2013. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.4 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.12 million by 2018. The split between cellular and satellite based M2M devices at the end of the forecast period will be 871,000 units and 244,000 units respectively. The oil & gas industry is characterized by remote and inaccessible facilities where wireless communication in many cases is the only viable option for transferring M2M data. North America is the most advanced market for M2M applications in the oil & gas sector. The region is also the home of a majority of the players specialising in the oil & gas industry. Pason Systems, Zedi and Critical Control are North American based companies which are major vendors of field instrumentation, equipment, services and M2M solutions for the of the oil & gas industry. A majority of the companies headquartered in major oil & gas producing regions such as North America and UAE are focused on providing solutions for upstream and midstream activities. Oil and gas M2M specialists in Europe such as ISA, Powelectrics, Sensile Technologies and Silentsoft are typically more focused on downstream activities such as tank monitoring. Sierra Wireless, Digi International and Calamp are major M2M players that deliver solutions to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas. Other important players are global technology and automation companies. General Electric, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric are three such companies which have made substantial investments in SCADA and wireless M2M solutions aimed at the oil & gas market in recent years. Vodafone, Numerex and Orbcomm are examples of communication providers which through in-house resources and acquisitions have developed end-to-end oil & gas M2M applications. The main drivers for adopting M2M apps in the oil & gas industry are safety and environmental concerns, regulation compliance and demand for improved operational efficiency. Machine-to-machine solutions can be found in applications such as monitoring and control of drills, wells and pipelines. “Booming production volumes of shale gas and tight oil in North America has increased the use of wireless M2M solutions in the upstream segment”, said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. Real-time pipeline monitoring is driving the adoption in the midstream segment. Wireless M2M solutions are retrofitted to existing infrastructure as well as incorporated in new pipeline projects across the world. He adds that “In the downstream segment, cellular telemetry solutions have proven to be a great fit for remote monitoring of storage tanks”.

2014-03-31
Berg Insight to participate in Metering China 2014
Metering China 2014 takes place in Shanghai, China, May 28-30. Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight, will speak on the topic “Advanced Wireless AMI Infrastructure in Europe”. The event is one of the most comprehensive on the topic in China and expects around 2000 delegates. Read more about the event on the link below.
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2014-03-27
Location-based service revenues in Europe and North America will grow to € 5 billion in 2018
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, mobile location-based service (LBS) revenues in Europe are forecasted to grow from € 735 million in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8 percent to reach € 2.3 billion in 2018. The North American LBS market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 16.1 percent from US$ 1.8 billion in 2013 to reach US$ 3.8 billion in 2018. The main growth will come from increasing ad revenues in the social networking and local search segments. Berg Insight estimates that about 50 percent of all mobile subscribers in Europe were frequent users of at least one location-based service at the end of 2013. In North America where adoption of GPS-enabled handsets is still somewhat higher, an estimated 60 percent of all handset users now access location-based services at least monthly. The social networking and entertainment category has now become the largest LBS segment both in terms of number of active users and revenues. It comprises a broad set of services that can be segmented into general social networking, messaging apps, friendfinders and games. Mapping and navigation is the second largest segment in terms of revenues and the third largest in terms of number of active users. Local search is now the second largest LBS category in terms of active users and the third largest in terms of revenues. “Advertising is the main source of revenues for most consumer oriented LBS”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the increase in number of active users and usage of LBS has now also resulted in significant revenue growth. “Revenues are however far from evenly distributed as major players including Facebook and Google with broad audiences have attracted the majority of ad spend”. Mobile operators no longer hold a central role in the consumer LBS ecosystem that is now dominated by OTT players that leverage location data from handsets and on-device app stores for distribution. Instead, mobile operators are exploring opportunities in the enterprise and B2B market where network-based location data can be used for a wide range of services such as asset tracking, fraud management, secure authentication and location-based advertising. “Some mobile operators have also started to collect passive location information of subscribers for use in mobile analytics services”, said Mr Malm. This anonymous bulk location data can be used to improve the performance of mobile networks and support operators’ internal marketing campaigns. Location analytics data is also being adopted for diverse purposes such as site selection in the retail industry, as well as for urban planning and traffic monitoring by public authorities and private companies.

2014-03-18
Berg Insight to participate in mHealth Summit Europe
mHealth Summit Europe takes place in Berlin 6-8 May 2014 and brings together global leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem. A distinguished faculty of international experts and opinion leaders will address and discuss the themes such as: mobility in chronic disease management, mobility in elderly care management and privacy and security of data. The event contributes to advance cross- disciplinary collaboration in the use of mHealth to improve health outcomes in Europe and elsewhere. Read more about the event on the link below.
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2014-02-20
5.7 million small business and home alarm systems will be connected to European cellular networks in 2018
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in EU27+2 is forecasted to grow from 4.8 million in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.3 percent to reach 18.7 million in 2018. At the same time, the number of tracking devices and wireless alarm systems monitored from an alarm receiving centre and similar will grow from 14.6 million in 2013 to 29.0 million by the end of 2018. The largest application area for wireless M2M communication in the security industry is vehicle tracking and recovery systems using devices that combine GPS and GSM/GPRS technologies. The main market segments in terms of units and value are tracking of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. For instance, in many countries, owners of luxury cars have to install tracking systems when applying for an insurance policy. In general, insurance companies also give discounts on insurance premiums and deductibles for customers that have fitted approved tracking systems on cars. Moreover, adoption of stolen vehicle tracking services is likely to increase substantially in the next few years following implementation of the European eCall emergency call system on all new cars sold in Europe from late 2015. The same hardware platform used for enabling automatic emergency calls following accidents can also be used for additional services such as stolen vehicle tracking. Another key application area for wireless M2M in the security industry is monitored small alarm systems. Berg Insight forecasts that 5.7 million alarm systems out of a total installed base of 9.5 million systems will be connected to cellular networks in Europe by 2018. “There is considerable growth potential”, says André Malm, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. He adds that even in markets with high penetration, such as Sweden and Norway, there are no signs of slowdown due to market saturation. The penetration was only about 3.3 percent of all businesses and households in Europe at the end of 2013. In the residential segment, the small alarm system market is partly driven by economic development, the level of homeownership, as well as new home construction activities. Another important driver is also active marketing and sales led by specialist alarm service companies. New entrants to the market in the form of various providers of home automation systems are also creating consumer awareness of security systems. “However, many of the alarm system solutions marketed by home automation providers mainly rely on self-monitoring and do not include professional monitoring services”, concluded Mr Malm.

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