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2018-09-24
The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 45 million in 2017
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 45 million in 2017. The most advanced smart home market is North America, having an installed base of 22.3 million smart homes at the end of the year. This represents a penetration of 15.9 percent. Between 2016 and 2017, the market grew by 40.7 percent year-on-year. The strong market growth is expected to continue in the next five years. By 2022, Berg Insight estimates that more than 63 million homes in North America will be smart, meaning 44 percent of all homes in the region. The European market is still behind the North American, in terms of market penetration. There were a total of 22.5 million smart homes in Europe at the end of 2017. The installed base in the region is forecasted to grow to 84 million homes at the end of 2022, representing a market penetration of 35 percent. The most popular products on the smart home market include smart thermostats, smart light bulbs, smart security cameras, smart air conditioners, smart door locks, smart plugs and smart speakers. Well-known vendors offering these products include Nest, Signify, Belkin, D-Link, Assa Abloy, Haier, Sonos, Amazon and Google. On the North American market, interactive security systems have emerged as the most common type of smart home systems, representing 42 percent of all whole-home systems in the region at the end of 2017. The largest security providers include ADT, Vivint and Comcast. In Europe, traditional home automation systems and Do-It-Yourself solutions are more common as whole-home systems. eQ-3, Deutsche Telekom and Verisure are estimated to be the largest vendors of whole-home systems in the region. Smart speakers with built-in voice assistants have had a major impact on the smart home industry in 2017–2018. Amazon and Google are the major vendors of such devices, having a combined market share of over 90 percent. Many of the well-known smart home device and system vendors have made their products compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in the past year. “Consumers want convenience and a lot of people buy smart home products in order to facilitate their daily lives” says Martin Bäckman, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. “A major reason why voice-controlled speakers have become so popular is that they simplify the control of smart home devices and enable for people to adjust lighting, temperature, multimedia and more from a unified interface” concluded Mr. Bäckman.

2018-09-03
Embedded car OEM telematics subscribers to reach 258 million worldwide by 2023
According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of telematics service subscribers using embedded systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.9 percent from 49.0 million subscribers at the end of 2017 to 258.1 million subscribers at the end of 2023. Moreover, Berg Insight forecasts that shipments of embedded car OEM telematics systems worldwide will grow from 26.8 million units in 2017 to reach 67.2 million units in 2023, which represents an attach rate of 71.7 percent. Connected car services have evolved from being a differentiating factor to a common feature with a high attach rate among the premium car brands and are rapidly becoming increasingly common in mid-range vehicles. GM’s OnStar was launched 20 years ago and is today the market leader worldwide with well above 14.0 million users in total, out of which 12.3 million were in North America by year-end 2017. BMW includes telematics hardware as a standard feature on all its cars sold in 45 markets worldwide and has the second largest user base of an estimated 8.0 million equipped vehicles. PSA Group is currently in third place with 2.9 million connected vehicles in Europe. The carmaker launched an emergency and assistance call service already in 2003. Additional automotive OEMs with over 2 million telematics subscribers also include Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota/Lexus and FCA Group. “There are several connected car services that experience growing demand from stakeholders including consumers, car manufacturers, governments and various third parties as awareness of the value of telematics spreads”, said Martin Svegander, IoT analyst at Berg Insight. The leading carmakers are gradually exploring new use cases and business models for telematics such as premium concierge services, usage-based insurance and personal carsharing. “Recently, we have also seen GM, Jaguar Land Rover and Hyundai launch in-vehicle commerce platforms that create opportunities for retailers and merchants to connect with consumers”, added Mr. Svegander.

2018-08-21
The installed base of connected tanks to reach 8.6 million in 2022
The global installed base of active remote tank monitoring (RTM) solutions reached almost 1.8 million units at the end of 2017, according to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.2 percent, the active installed base is estimated to reach 8.6 million units worldwide in 2022. Berg Insight estimates that the European market accounted for more than 0.4 million active RTM systems at the end of 2017. The North American market is estimated to be larger than the European at around 0.6 million active units. The Asia-Pacific market is moreover estimated to represent an installed base of about 0.6 million RTM systems at the end of 2017. South America and Middle East & Africa are smaller markets having installed bases of 89,000 units and 177,000 units respectively. There are more than 100 RTM solution vendors active on the market worldwide and this report covers 56 companies. Berg Insight ranks Independent Technologies (WESROC) and DataOnline as the leading RTM solution providers in terms of the active installed base worldwide with installed bases of about 150,000 and 140,000 RTM units respectively at the end of 2017. Silicon Controls and SkyBitz (Telular) were in third and fourth place having achieved installed bases of about 100,000 units each. Silicon Controls is based in Australia and primarily focuses on gas tanks whereas SkyBitz is based in the US and most of its tanks under management can be found in North America and a few in Mexico and other countries. Polish AIUT won fifth place and had an installed base of 80,000 tank monitoring systems. ISA – Intelligent Sensing Anywhere and Sensile Technologies follow and have reached 70,000 and 60,000 tanks under management respectively. Varec, Dunraven Systems, ATEK Access Technologies and Powelectrics are also ranked among the largest providers with 30,000–50,000 units each. Other RTM solution providers with installed bases of more than 20,000 RTM systems in active use at the end of 2017 include SilentSoft, Insite Platform Partners, Numerex (Sierra Wireless), FreeWave and FarmChem. Merger and acquisition activity on this market is just about to commence at the same time as new innovative companies enter the market. “DataOnline announced the acquisition of Independent Technologies in August 2018 to become the largest RTM solution vendor with more than 1,000 customers in 75 countries and an active installed base of 290,000 connected tanks”, said Johan Fagerberg, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. Independent Technologies (WESROC division) had previously acquired Enertrack at the end of 2017. DataOnline had also in April 2018 picked up German-based Wikon. In August 2017, Sierra wireless acquired Numerex that offers the iTank solution. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the remote tank monitoring industry will accelerate in the next five years.

2018-08-15
The installed base of FM systems in the Americas to reach 22 million units by 2022
According to a new report from the leading IoT market research provider Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in North America was 8.0 million in Q4-2017. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent, this number is expected to reach 16.4 million by 2022. In Latin America, the number of active fleet management systems is expected to increase from 3.0 million in Q4-2017, growing at a CAGR of 13.1 percent to reach 5.5 million in 2022. The top-25 vendors in the Americas together have a combined installed base of more than 7 million active units in the region today. Notably, all of the top-15 players each had more than 100,000 active units in the Americas at the end of 2017. More than 40 percent of the total number of units deployed in the region is represented by the five largest fleet management vendors alone. Verizon has in 2018 launched Verizon Connect which represents the culmination of more than US$ 5 billion in investments including high-profile acquisitions such as Fleetmatics and Telogis. “Verizon Connect is the clear leader in the fleet telematics space both from a global perspective and in the Americas specifically”, said Rickard Anderson, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. Verizon’s closest competitor in the Americas is Geotab which has grown considerably in the past year, followed by Omnitracs and Trimble which have both surpassed 0.5 million active fleet management subscribers in the region. “Zonar Systems rounds off the top-5, just ahead of Michelin which has established a strong position in the Americas through multiple acquisitions”, continued Mr. Andersson. He adds that the ongoing consolidation trend in the fleet management space is expected to continue in the coming years. Numerous vendors today have more than half a million active FM subscribers worldwide and the milestone of one million subscriptions has now been surpassed by three leading players, driven by growth strategies based on M&A activity and high-pace organic growth. “Berg Insight anticipates a future scenario where the global fleet management market is dominated by a handful of solution providers with installed bases measured in the millions”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

2018-08-11
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