The installed base of fleet management systems in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe will reach 13.8 million by 2023
According to a new report from the leading M2M/IoT market research provider Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe was 7.3 million in Q4-2018. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent, this number is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2023. The Russian market alone accounts for a significant share of the region’s total installed base and is forecasted to grow from 3.3 million active units at the end of 2018 to 5.6 million units by 2023. The top-15 fleet management solution vendors across Russia, the rest of the CIS and Eastern Europe together have a combined installed base of close to 4.5 million active units in the region. The leading fleet management solution providers in terms of installed base in the CIS and Eastern Europe include diverse players from a number of countries. “Belarus-based Gurtam is the leading fleet management software provider, having surpassed the milestone of 1 million vehicles under management in the region”, said Rickard Andersson, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that Gurtam is focused on software, providing a hardware-agnostic tracking platform offering compatibility with more than 2,000 different device models from over 500 third-party hardware manufacturers. “Russia-based TechnoKom and Turkey-based Arvento Mobile Systems are the first and second runners-up, followed by Mobiliz from Turkey and the Russian players SCOUT, Navigator Group and NIS”, continued Mr. Andersson. Additional top-15 players with at least 100,000 active units in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe include GeliosSoft, Fort Telecom, Omnicomm, SquareGPS, Live GPS Tracking (SkyNavis), Eurowag Telematics, Infotech and SpaceTeam. “The major international solution providers based in Western Europe, North America or South Africa are yet to reach the top-15 list for this region”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

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The installed base of connected tanks to reach 11.9 million in 2023
The global installed base of active remote tank monitoring (RTM) solutions reached 2.5 million units at the end of 2018, according to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.3 percent, the active installed base is estimated to reach 11.9 million units worldwide in 2023. Berg Insight estimates that the European market accounted for more than 0.6 million active RTM systems at the end of 2018. The North American market is estimated to be larger than the European at around 0.9 million active units. The Asia-Pacific market is moreover estimated to represent an installed base of about 0.7 million RTM systems at the end of 2018. South America and Middle East & Africa are smaller markets having installed bases of 127,000 units and 253,000 units respectively. There are more than 100 RTM solution vendors active on the market worldwide and this report covers 58 companies. Berg Insight ranks Anova (formerly DataOnline) as the leading RTM solution provider in terms of the active installed base worldwide with an installed base of about 380,000 RTM units at the end of 2018. Anova has done a string of acquisitions including Independent Technologies, Wikon, ISA and iTank (Sierra Wireless) to become the largest RTM solution vendor with more than 1,000 customers in 70 countries. Silicon Controls and SkyBitz (Ametek) were in second and third place having achieved installed bases of about 250,000 units and 130,000 units respectively. 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 and Tecson from Germany shared fourth place and had each an installed base of 100,000 tank monitoring systems. ISA – Intelligent Sensing Anywhere and Sensile Technologies follow and have reached 75,000 and 70,000 tanks under management respectively. Varec, ATEK Access Technologies, Dunraven Systems and Kingspan are also ranked among the largest providers with 35,000–50,000 units each. Other RTM solution providers with installed bases of more than 25,000 RTM systems in active use at the end of 2018 include Powelectrics, Tank Utility, FreeWave, SilentSoft and Insite Platform Partners. Merger and acquisition activity on this market is just about to commence at the same time as new innovative companies enter the market. “Anova is the most ambitious consolidator on the market and has become the largest RTM solution vendor worldwide as the result of 4 major acquisitions in the past 18 months”, said Johan Fagerberg, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. An additional recent transaction was the merger between Hawk Measurement and FLO-CORP in August 2019. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the remote tank monitoring industry will accelerate in the next five years.

The installed base of fleet management systems in Europe will reach 17.6 million by 2023
The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe was 9.1 million in Q4-2018, according to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1 percent, this number is expected to reach 17.6 million by 2023. The top-22 vendors have today more than 100,000 active units in Europe. Webfleet Solutions’ subscriber base has grown both organically and by acquisitions during the past years and the company is the clear market leader on the European market and reached an installed base of about 770,000 units at year-end 2018. Verizon Connect is in second place and had achieved an installed base of 300,000 units. ABAX and Masternaut follow and have reached more than 220,000 units each. Targa Telematics, Microlise, Gurtam, Viasat and Bornemann are also ranked among the ten largest providers with 174,000–192,000 units each. Some notable players just outside of the top ten list are Teletrac Navman, Fleet Complete, Transics, Trimble, OCEAN (Orange), Macnil, GSGroup, Quartix, Eurowag Telematics, Ctrack (Inseego), Optimum Automotive, Ram Tracking, Cartrack, Radius Payment Solutions and Connexas Group. The HCV manufacturers are now growing their subscriber bases considerably in Europe thanks to standard line fitment of fleet management solutions. FleetBoard by Daimler, Dynafleet by Volvo and Scania Fleet Management are the most successful with active subscriber bases of 117,000 units, 128,000 units and 255,000 units respectively as of Q4-2018. The consolidation trend on this market continued in 2019. “Twelve major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the past twelve months among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, Principal Analyst, Berg Insight. Project44 picked-up GateHouse Logistics and Microlise acquired a 20 percent stake in Trakm8 in December 2018. Year 2019 started off with a new FMS mega deal when TomTom Telematics was divested to Bridgestone Europe for a purchase price of € 910 million. BigChange in the UK acquired Labyrinth Logistics and Trace Systems also in January 2019. Vehco bought Paetronics in Finland adding 350 clients in the same month. In April 2019, Radius Payment Solutions announced the acquisition of Plant-i, a provider of tracking and telemetry solutions to the plant and construction sectors that tracks 25,000 vehicles. Radius Payment solutions also picked up Sure-Track later in November. The IT-company Triona acquired Fleetech in April. Masternaut once again changed owner in May when Michelin announced the addition of the company to its commercial vehicle telematics investment. Masternaut is Michelin’s third major acquisition in the fleet telematics industry, with previous investments in Nextraq in North America and Sascar in South America. Connexas Group (previously Isotrak) acquired the cold-chain specialist Seven Telematics in May before rebranding the company group as Connexas. The latest transaction was done in September when Vehco acquired Framlogic in Poland adding 650 clients and 25,000 equipped vehicles. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the still overcrowded industry will continue in 2019–2020.

The public carsharing fleet reached 332,000 vehicles worldwide in 2018
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 50.4 million people in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.1 percent to reach 227.1 million people in 2023. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of cars used for carsharing services will grow at a CAGR of 29.2 percent from 332,000 at the end of 2018 to 1.2 million at the end of 2023. 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. Leading vendors of hardware and software platforms enabling carsharing services include INVERS, Convadis, Omoove, Wunder Mobility, OTA Keys, Vulog, Ridecell, Targa Telematics and Mobility Tech Green. 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. “During the past year, carmakers have been very active and launched new carsharing services”, said Martin Svegander, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. In February 2019, Daimler and BMW formally merged Car2go and DriveNow under the SHARE NOW brand. The Car2go app rebranded to SHARE NOW this November and the integration work will continue in 2020, starting in cities where both Car2go and DriveNow are present. Other carmakers including Volkswagen (WeShare), PSA Group (Free2Move) and Volvo Cars (M) have also launched new carsharing initiatives in 2018–2019. Car rental CSOs include Ubeeqo (owned by Europcar Mobility Group), Sixt Share (Sixt) as well as Zipcar (owned by Avis Budget Group). “Specialised carsharing providers such as EVCard, GoFun, GreenWheels, Pand Auto, Mobility Carsharing, Enjoy, Communauto, Socar, Delimobil and many others accounted for about 72 percent of the carsharing members and managed close to 70 percent of the carsharing fleet worldwide at the end of 2018”, concluded Mr. Svegander.

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