The 300 largest cellular IoT deployments together account for 156 million units
Berg Insight presents for the first time a unique database covering the 300 largest cellular IoT deployments identified as part of the company’s world-class IoT market research activities since 2004. The extensive list includes various types of projects and product categories deployed across all types of vertical markets including aftermarket automotive, fleet management & MRM, healthcare, OEM automotive, retail applications, smart homes and buildings, utilities, wearables & consumer electronics as well as industrial M2M and other. The database includes project size and geographical distribution by the end of 2016 as well as a 5-year forecast for each individual project. “The projects included in the top-300 list together account for approximately 156.0 million active cellular IoT subscriptions”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that this corresponds to as much as 39.2 percent of the total number of cellular IoT connections worldwide at the end of 2016. The 300 projects on the list are in the coming years forecasted to grow to 344.5 million units by 2021, corresponding to an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2 percent. “More than 30 deployments on the list have surpassed 1 million subscriptions and the top-10 projects alone account for over 60 million units”, continued Mr. Andersson. Fleet management & MRM is the largest vertical in terms of the number of projects that made the top list, followed by retail applications, aftermarket automotive and OEM automotive as well as smart homes and buildings. When comparing the number of active subscriptions represented by each vertical for the entries in the top-300 list, OEM automotive is instead the largest vertical, accounting for 30.0 million units, ahead of utilities at close to 27.6 million units and aftermarket automotive representing 24.1 million units.

The lone worker protection services market to reach € 260 million by 2021
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the market for lone worker protection solutions and services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from € 121 million in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 percent to reach about € 260 million in 2021. Market drivers include occupational safety regulations, increasing employee insurance costs and higher awareness of risks that lone workers can face. A growing number of countries are adopting regulations that specifically address the safety of lone workers. Notable examples include the UK, Canada, France, Germany and most recently the US. The penetration of lone worker protection services based on monitored lone worker devices and smartphone apps remains very low in Europe and North America – an estimated 2 percent at the end of 2016. Even in leading markets like the UK, the penetration of monitored services has only reached about 5 percent of the total workforce of lone workers. A group of specialist companies offering lone worker protection services have emerged on the core markets of the UK and Canada. In the UK, major integrated providers with in-house alarm receiving centre operations include Send For Help Group, which trades under its subsidiaries SkyGuard and Guardian24, as well as the Kings III subsidiary SoloProtect. Additional companies with notable market shares in the UK include Rocksure Systems, Reliance Protect and Safe Apps. Leading specialist lone worker service providers in Canada are for example Tsunami Solutions and Blackline Safety. Lone workers rely primarily on dedicated GPS location devices featuring alarm buttons or smartphone apps to send alarms. “The app segment grew rapidly in 2016, and is currently growing faster than the device segment”, said Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. He mentions that enforcement of legislation in Western Europe and pockets of North America is expanding, resulting in many greenfield customers adopting lone worker safety solutions, especially within the private sector. “Dedicated devices and smartphone apps are likely to coexist on the market for lone worker protection services due to the broad spectrum of risks across different jobs involving working alone”, concluded Mr. Stålbrand.

The electronic offender monitoring market in Europe and North America reached € 648 million in 2016
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the market for Electronic Monitoring (EM) of offenders. The number of participants in Electronic Monitoring programmes on a daily basis in Europe and North America amounted to about 180,000 in 2016. The aim of EM programmes is to increase offender accountability, reduce recidivism rates and enhance public safety by providing an additional tool to traditional methods of community supervision. Even though EM has been in use for more than a decade in most countries, it remains relatively rare in the context of European and North American corrections systems. The market value for EM including equipment, software and outsourced services in Europe was € 161 million in 2016. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14 percent, this number is expected to reach € 305 million by 2021. The North American market for EM is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 10 percent from US$ 535 million in 2016 to US$ 851 million in 2021. The use of GPS technology has grown rapidly on the North American market in recent years and GPS-based devices now account for more than 70 percent of the active units. In Europe, the most common forms of EM equipment are RF systems used in home detention curfew schemes. The use of GPS systems is however gaining ground in jurisdictions throughout Europe. The newly launched pilot scheme in England and Wales signals a way forward for European EM programmes, which are largely influenced by one another. Berg Insight is of the opinion that the market for EM equipment and services is in a growth phase which will continue throughout the forecast period. Increased use of EM will be mainly driven by further adoption in pre-trial and parole supervision as well as sex offender legislation. The largest EM programmes in Europe are operated by consortiums of companies. Leading EM equipment providers on the European market include G4S and 3M Electronic Monitoring, where the latter also holds a significant market share in North America. The wholly-owned GEO Group subsidiary BI Incorporated is the largest provider of EM equipment and services on the North American market. Additional companies with notable market shares in North America include Satellite Tracking of People (part of Securus Technologies) and Numerex. “The declining cost of hardware components and cellular connectivity has driven the adoption of GPS-based systems on the North American market in recent years”, said Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that software is likely to play an increasingly important role in determining the winners in this market. “Vendors are increasingly focusing on analytics software development to offer support tools for officers that are faced with a growing amount of location data that is generated by the expanding installed base of GPS-based systems” concluded Mr. Stålbrand.

Monitored alarm systems in Europe and North America reached 41 million at the end of 2016
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, the number of monitored alarm systems in Europe is forecasted to grow from 8.7 million in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.0 percent to reach 10.6 million in 2021. In North America, the number of monitored alarm systems is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 2.9 percent from 32.1 million at the end of 2016 to 37.1 million at the end of 2021. Small alarm systems for businesses and private homes can be divided into two main categories – local alarms and monitored alarms. The simplest type of local alarm only reacts to activation by ringing bells to alert the surroundings and scare off intruders. A more advanced type of local alarm is a self-monitoring alarm. Monitored alarms are connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) that can respond to an activated alarm by contacting the police or dispatching a security patrol. ADT is the leading provider of monitored alarm systems in North America. In 2016, ADT merged with Protection 1, which makes the combined company the clear market leader. Vivint and MONI Smart Security are other players with well over a million monitored alarms. Comcast and Slomin’s are two other major actors on the very fragmented North American market. Verisure is the leading player on the European market, with monitored alarms in a dozen countries. Securitas, G4S and the rising star Sector Alarm are all sizeable players, especially in the northern part of Europe. In the southern part of Europe, Prosegur and EPS are two dominant players. United Technologies Corporation with its Climate, Controls & Security business as well as Stanley Security and Johnson Controls (acquired Tyco in 2016) are also important players active in both Europe and North America. There is still a significant growth potential for monitored small alarm systems, especially in Europe where the total penetration reached only 3.7 percent of all businesses and households at the end of 2016. “The penetration of monitored alarm systems in North America is much higher than in Europe and the corresponding figure was in this region 22.0 percent at the end of 2016”, says Anders Frick, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight. The most important factor for market growth today is active marketing and sales led by specialist alarm service companies and new market entrants from the home automation industry. “Alarm systems are becoming more valuable for customers as the scope of offerings are being expanded to include detection of fire, carbon monoxide and water leaks, as well as home automation features such as smart plugs, locks, cameras, lighting and thermostat control”, concluded Mr Frick.

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