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2018-05-15
Berg Insight says NB-IoT device shipments will reach 613.2 million units in 2023
According to a new research report from IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of NB-IoT devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.8 percent from 106.9 million units in 2018 to reach 613.2 million units in 2023. Strong growth is fueled by fast-growing demand in China where NB-IoT is set to replace 2G in mass-market applications. “China is driving a major paradigm shift in the global cellular IoT industry”, says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst and author of the report. “The country has embarked on one of the world’s largest digital infrastructure projects that will result in billions of new connected devices in the coming five years. NB-IoT has been designated as the country’s preferred LPWA technology and plays a key role in the national policies.” The transition from 2G to 4G is a global trend, accelerated by NB-IoT. In Europe, the leading mobile operators are making good progress towards ubiquitous coverage for NB-IoT. Vodafone has been among the leaders in the development of the standard and will roll out commercial services across all its networks until 2020. At the end of 2017, the operator had live NB-IoT services in Italy, Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands. During 2018, availability will be extended to Germany, the UK and Czechia. Deutsche Telekom launched in Germany and the Netherlands in Q2-2017 and plans to extend coverage to an additional six European countries. Other European operators with live NB-IoT services in early 2018 included Orange, TIM and Telia Company. Telefónica will start deployments in Europe later this year. Adoption in North America is also starting to take off. T-Mobile USA switched on NB-IoT services in Las Vegas in February this year and Verizon has confirmed plans to build a nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles by the year-end. Australia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE are other examples of countries where rollouts are already underway. LTE-M is another technology that will play a key role in the market transformation. Berg Insight predicts that adoption will accelerate during 2018/2019 and scale to massive volumes beyond 2020. Berg Insight forecasts that yearly shipments of LTE-M devices will reach 185.3 million units in 2023.

2018-05-04
The installed base of active cargo tracking units will reach 8.9 million by 2022
Berg Insight, the world’s leading IoT market research provider, today released a new market report covering the cargo tracking market. The number of active tracking devices deployed for cargo loading units including trailers, intermodal containers, rail freight wagons, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 3.7 million worldwide in 2017. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.6 percent, this number is expected to reach 8.9 million by 2022. Trailer telematics is today the most developed market, however in terms of installed units the intermodal container tracking market is expected to take over the leading position during the forecasted period. The markets for rail freight wagon and air freight cargo tracking are considerably smaller but will grow substantially during the coming five years. Berg Insight ranks ORBCOMM as the largest vendor of tracking solutions for cargo loading units, having a significant installed base of trailers as well as containers. The company has been highly involved in M&A activity related to real-time asset tracking, including notable acquisitions such as Blue Tree Systems, Euroscan and WAM Technologies. ORBCOMM has been involved in the Maersk/AT&T project to equip Maersk’s entire fleet of nearly 300,000 refrigerated containers with real-time tracking solutions. The project is one of the largest cellular-based industrial IoT deployments of its kind. ORBCOMM is together with SkyBitz, Omnitracs, Spireon and I.D. Systems the leading players on the North American trailer telematics market in terms of number of active units. The European trailer telematics market is considerably smaller than the North American and is dominated by Idem Telematics, Schmitz Cargobull and Novacom. On the market for container tracking solutions, two major vendors are Envotech and Numerex based in Malaysia and the US respectively. Asto Telematics and Nexiot based in Europe and Amsted Rail based in North America are significant vendors of tracking solutions for rail freight wagons. Sensitech and Sendum Wireless are moreover notable players in the general cargo segment, also offering solutions for air freight cargo tracking. Tracking of trailers, containers, rail wagons and cargo boxes has become increasingly common across all markets during the past years. “The market for remote tracking solutions for cargo containers has entered a growth period that will continue for several years to come”, said Martin Bäckman, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. He adds that there will be a strong focus on increased supply chain visibility and transport security in the coming years. “Customers today demand and expect information about the status and location of their shipments in real-time and shippers who cannot provide this type of data will miss out on business opportunities”, concludes Mr. Bäckman.

2018-04-18
The installed base of connected vending machines worldwide will reach 5.4 million by 2022
Berg Insight, the world’s leading IoT market research provider, today released a new market report covering the connected vending machine market. The global installed base of connected vending machines reached an estimated 2.6 million units in 2017. North America represents the largest share of around 1.3 million of these machines, whereas the corresponding number for the European market is 0.6 million. The number of connected vending machines in other parts of the world totalled an estimated 0.7 million units at the end of 2017, mainly in Japan and Australia. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of connected machines worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.2 percent to reach 5.4 million units by 2022. As a result, the global penetration rate will reach 32.2 percent at the end of the forecast period. The global market for connected vending solutions is served by a variety of players. Many of the leading providers are specialised technology companies offering connected vending telemetry and cashless payment solutions. “USA Technologies is following the acquisition of Cantaloupe Systems in 2017 clearly number one in terms of installed base”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that other leading technology suppliers include Ingenico Group, Nayax and Televend (INTIS). Vianet Group, Vendon and Vendwatch Telematics are additional examples of technology players with relatively significant installed bases. Numerous vending machine manufacturers are also active in the connected vending space, either directly by developing proprietary solutions in-house, or by partnering with established vending telemetry and cashless payment solution providers. “The manufacturer Crane even holds one of the leading positions from a global perspective through Crane Connectivity Solutions with a total of 400,000 connected machines”, continued Mr. Andersson. In line with developments observed on other M2M/IoT markets which have reached a higher level of maturity, Berg Insight estimates that this space also will be dominated by a few multinational players having global installed bases of hundreds of thousands of connected vending machines. “The milestone of one million connected vending machines on the same platform is expected to be surpassed already in 2020”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

2018-04-17
Free floating carsharing services are gaining in popularity
A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight has found that most carsharing organizations today use station-based networks with roundtrip rental which requires users to return a vehicle to the same designated station from which it was accessed. Another operational model that is rapidly gaining in popularity is free floating carsharing, which enables members to pick up and drop off cars anywhere within a designated area where parking is allowed. Free floating carsharing services reached 40,000 cars on the streets serving 5.6 million members in 2017. Free floating carsharing membership is forecasted to reach 14.3 million using roughly 102,000 vehicles by year-end 2022. The ability to access available cars instantly without prior booking or need to schedule return time make free floating carsharing attractive. This operational model poses at the same time challenges for carsharing operators such as car fleet rebalancing across operating areas to guarantee availability, higher capital investments in car fleets as well as parking management. “Free floating carsharing is now available in about 20 countries and roughly 55 cities worldwide”, said Martin Svegander IoT analyst at Berg Insight. Europe and North America so far represent the vast majority of free floating carsharing members worldwide. “In Europe, free floating services accounted for more than 65 percent of the carsharing membership at year-end 2017”, continued Mr. Svegander. Examples of additional markets that have introduced free floating carsharing services include Russia, China, New Zealand and Brazil. Besides free floating carsharing schemes backed by the major carmakers BMW (DriveNow) and Daimler (Car2go), some specialist CarSharing Organisations (CSOs) in Europe and North America have also started to offer this operational model. Examples of CSOs that offer free floating services include Enjoy in Italy, GreenMobility in Denmark and Evo Car Share in Canada. Recently, BMW and Daimler announced the merger of their mobility service businesses that is anticipated to create a leading venture that includes free floating carsharing services and other shared mobility services. “Daimler’s Car2go was at year-end 2017 the clear market leader with close to 3.0 million members and BMW’s DriveNow had at the same time more than 1.0 million members”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

2018-04-13
Carsharing service membership reached 23.8 million worldwide in 2017
According to a new research report by IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of users of carsharing services worldwide is forecasted to grow from 23.8 million people in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.6 percent to reach 60.8 million people in 2022. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of cars used for carsharing services will grow at a CAGR of 26.9 percent from 214,000 at the end of 2017 to 705,000 at the end of 2022. Carsharing is one of many car-based mobility services that have become available for people that want to complement other modes of transportation with car-based mobility occasionally. Examples of other car-based mobility services include traditional car rental, carpooling, ridesharing, taxi and ridesourcing services. Carsharing is a decentralised car rental service focusing on short term rentals. CarSharing Organisations (CSOs) offer members access to a fleet of shared cars 24/7 from unattended self-service locations. Usage is billed by the minute/hour and by distance driven, with rates that include fuel, insurance and maintenance. Today, most CSOs use station-based networks with roundtrip rental. This operational model requires members to return a vehicle to the same designated station from which it was accessed. Some CSOs have also started to offer one-way carsharing that enables users to return the car to any station operated by the CSO. Another model that is rapidly gaining in popularity is free floating carsharing, which enables members to pick up and drop off cars anywhere within a designated area. New technologies in the form of telematics systems and smartphones are key enablers of carsharing services. Leading vendors of hardware and software platforms enabling carsharing services include INVERS, Convadis, Omoove, Good Travel Software, Vulog, Ridecell, Targa Telematics and OpenFleet. Several carsharing technology vendors are also targeting the emerging corporate carsharing market which can be used by corporations to increase corporate car pool availability and reduce mobility costs. “Carsharing services are offered by specialist carsharing companies, car rental companies, carmakers, as well as other players such as public transport operators”, said Martin Svegander, IoT analyst at Berg Insight. Examples of leading CSOs backed by carmakers include Car2go (owned by Daimler), DriveNow (owned by BMW) and Maven (owned by GM). Car rental CSOs include Ubeeqo (owned by Europcar) as well as Zipcar (owned by Avis Budget Group). Examples of specialised CSOs are Times Car Plus (owned by the Japanese parking lot operator Park 24), Socar in South Korea, Pand-Auto and EvCard in China, Enjoy (owned by the Italian energy company Eni), Mobility Carsharing in Switzerland, Stadtmobil and Flinkster in Germany, Communauto in Canada and GoGet in Australia. “There are more than 500 providers of public carsharing services globally and the top-25 of these held about 85 percent market share in terms of the number of members and managed close to 60 percent of the car fleet worldwide at the end of 2017”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

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