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Global Cargo Tracking Revenue will Reach €1.8 Billion

Applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) are helping to transform the global cargo sector. According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, 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 6.1 million worldwide in 2018.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.3 percent, the number of devices is expected to reach 20.4 million by 2023.

Cargo Tracking Market Development

Trailer telematics is today the most developed market, followed by tracking devices for general cargo applications and intermodal containers. The markets for rail freight wagon and air freight cargo tracking are considerably smaller but will grow substantially during the coming five years.

The total market value for trailer and cargo container tracking solutions reached at the same time an estimated € 857 million in 2018. The market for remote tracking solutions for cargo containers has entered a period of healthy growth that will continue for several years.

Growing at a CAGR of 16.3 percent, the total market value is forecasted to reach €1.8 billion in 2023.

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. ORBCOMM is together with SkyBitz, Omnitracs, Spireon and I.D. Systems the leading players on the North American trailer telematics market in terms of the number of active units.

The European trailer telematics market is substantially smaller than the North American and is dominated by Idem Telematics, Schmitz Cargobull, CLS Group and Transics/WABCO.

On the market for container tracking solutions, three major vendors are Malaysia-based Envotech and Sierra Wireless and Geoforce based in the US. Mecomo and Agheera, both based in Europe, are strong vendors in the adjacent swap body segment.

Future Telematics, Intermodal Telematics and Nexiot based in Europe and Amsted Rail based in North America are significant vendors of tracking solutions for rail freight wagons. Sensitech, Roambee and OnAsset Intelligence are moreover notable players in the general cargo segment, also offering solutions for air freight cargo tracking.

Technological developments in the telematics industry in recent years have resulted in more advanced tracking solutions. "Today’s telematics solutions generate an increasing amount of data on the status and location of cargo and cargo loading units," said Martin Bäckman, analyst at Berg Insight.

Outlook for Cargo Tracking Applications Growth

Along with the development of more capable tracking solutions, low-end solutions are becoming increasingly affordable. According to the Berg assessment, the price for real-time tracking technology is now at a point where customers find it viable to track also low-value goods such as non-perishable food.

This enlarges the addressable market significantly and tracking of trailers, containers, rail wagons and cargo boxes is expected to become increasingly common in the next decade.

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