Commercial fleet telematics in the government sector is set to generate $1.26 billion in 2018, up from just $618 million last year, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company says growth will be driven by pressure on government and public sector agencies to reduce costs but maintain service levels.
As a result, organizations are exploring ways of improving utilization of vehicle fleets and ensuring they comply with new regulation and environmental legislation.
Sierra Wireless has launched an embedded module aimed at supporting in-vehicle telematics and infotainment systems on the 4G network of Verizon Wireless.
The announcement comes as industry figures continue to express doubts about the suitability of 4G technology for M2M communications.
Individuals such as John Horn, the chief executive of MVNO RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA), have questioned the business case for LTE-based M2M services, with 4G modules still much costlier than 2G or 3G ones.
Software giant Oracle has championed the cause of the International M2M Council – of which it is a founder member – saying the newly formed trade group will demonstrate the business benefits of M2M services to a variety of vertical markets.
“The IMC intends to show vertical markets how M2M works and what’s in it for them,” says Chris Baker, Oracle’s senior vice president for Worldwide ISV, OEM and Java sales.
“M2M cuts across broad and diverse markets, and the key to evangelism success will be tapping the resources of IMC member companies.”
Satellite company and M2M specialist Orbcomm is to expand its business in Africa after winning an important deal with South Africa’s Cartrack, which provides fleet-management and vehicle-tracking services across the continent.
Under the deal, Cartrack (Johannesburg, South Africa) is set to become Orbcomm’s first value-added reseller in the African transportation sector, distributing Orbcomm’s fleet-management solution through its growing brand and dealer network.
It seems mobile network operators are constantly being urged to play a bigger M2M role than that of connectivity provider, but Telenor Connexion claims its focus on connectivity is helping it stay ahead of the competition.
The operator this week announced a new deal to provide connectivity services in Europe and Asia for Geotab, a North American fleet telematics specialist now expanding its service internationally.
Having flourished as a provider of network connectivity and devices in the asset-tracking market, satellite operator Orbcomm is ramping up activities at its newer solutions business, with international expansion a firm priority.
The company was recently named the biggest vendor of intermodal container tracking solutions by analyst firm Berg Insight, but Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) is not resting on its laurels.
Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched a new M2M asset tracking and monitoring device that is the first “self-powered” terminal it has developed.
The company says the device – the GT 1100 – is aimed at a variety of global markets, including the transportation and logistics, heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors.
A so-called “ruggedized” device, the GT 1100 has been designed to fit between indented spacing on intermodal containers and is also suited to tracking and monitoring trailers and other types of cargo assets.
The number of container tracking systems in use worldwide is set to reach one million by 2017, growing at a compound annual rate of 49.1% over the next few years, according to new research from Berg Insight.
The market-research company reckons the number of units deployed on intermodal shipping containers grew by 54% in 2012 to reach 137,000 in the final quarter of the year.
The forecast implies that 4.1% of containers will be using remote tracking systems in 2017, compared with just 0.7% today.
Deutsche Telekom is promoting a “single-source” usage-based insurance (UBI) service in partnership with telematics specialist DriveFactor, providing further evidence of its determination to play a bigger role in the M2M market than just as the connectivity provider.
The German operator describes the service as a “turnkey” solution that includes the tracking module and SIM card as well as the provision of platform services and statistical evaluation of driving data.
Deutsche Telekom says it will announce more partners for its Global M2M Association (GMA) with France Telecom and TeliaSonera in the next two or three months.
Speaking to M2M Zone on the sidelines of last week’s M2M World Congress in London, Jurgen Hase, the head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center, said the new partners would help to expand the GMA’s footprint.
“We will announce some new partners from Europe in the next two or three months,” he said.