Shipments of cellular M2M terminals to reach 13.7 million by 2022

Shipments of cellular M2M terminals to reach 13.7 million by 2022

Shipments of cellular M2M terminals to reach 13.7 million by 2022

Berg Insight today released new findings about the market for cellular M2M terminals. About 4.9 million cellular M2M terminals were shipped globally during 2016, an increase of 28.0 percent from the previous year.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.8 percent, this number is expected to reach 13.7 million in 2022.

Berg Insight defines cellular terminals as standalone devices intended for connecting M2M applications to a cellular network. These include primarily general-purpose cellular routers, gateways and modems that are enclosed in a chassis and have at least one input/output port. Trackers, telematics devices and other specialised devices are excluded from this report.

North American and Asian vendors dominate the global cellular M2M terminal market.
Cradlepoint, Sierra Wireless and Digi International are the largest vendors in North America, whilst SIMCom is the main manufacturer on the Asian market. Combined, these four vendors generated close to US$ 415 million in revenues from M2M terminal sales during 2016. This is equivalent to nearly 50 percent of the global market.

Other noteworthy vendors include CalAmp, Multitech Systems and Encore Networks in the US, Xiamen Four-Faith, Maestro Wireless and InHand Networks in Asia, Teltonika, HMS Networks, Advantech B+B SmartWorx, NetModule, Matrix Electrónica, Eurotech, Gemalto, Dr. Neuhaus and Option in Europe and NetComm Wireless in Australia. A large number of small and medium sized vendors are active on the European market, whilst the North American market is dominated by a handful of major vendors, largely due to barriers in the form of carrier certifications required for cellular devices in the region.

Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight, said:

“Adoption of 4G LTE in cellular routers, gateways and modems have increased rapidly in recent time due to increased focus on product life cycle costs and decommissioning of 2G networks.”

chart: annual shipments of cellular M2M terminals World 2016-2022He adds that two thirds of the cellular M2M terminals sold globally during 2017 used 4G LTE as the main standard. “LPWA technologies such as LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT are expected to ease the transition from 2G to LTE networks further”, continued Mr. Stålbrand.

In 2017, introductions of cellular M2M terminals featuring LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT technologies were made by Encore Networks, Maestro Wireless and MultiTech Systems and several vendors plan to launch new products with LPWA connectivity during 2018.

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Connected medication compliance monitoring solutions in Europe to reach 2.2 million by 2022

Connected medication compliance monitoring solutions in Europe to reach 2.2 million by 2022

Connected medication compliance monitoring solutions in Europe to reach 2.2 million by 2022

According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the market for medication compliance monitoring solutions is still in an early stage with an estimated 138,000 connected devices in use in EU28+2 at the end of 2016.

However, there are several promising business models for medication adherence solutions that are rolling out on the market. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of connected medication compliance monitoring solutions in EU28+2 will grow at a CAGR of 58 percent to reach 2.2 million by 2022.

Martin Bäckman, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight, says:

“Substantial business opportunities are emerging for solutions targeted at the social care sector. There is an opportunity to leverage medication dispensing solutions as a replacement for manual labour. Many patients rely on frequent visits from their home care provider for medication dispensing. Many of these visits can be reduced or eliminated through the use of medication dispensing solutions.”

Pharmaceutical companies have launched the first connected medication monitoring solutions that are bundled together with specific drugs. In this market, increased adherence can improve treatment outcomes as well as increase the sale of prescription medications. The costs of an adherence monitoring system can in many cases be offset by a small increase in the sale of drugs. Furthermore, monitoring solutions can be very useful for drugs that have side effects or limited efficiency when adherence is poor.

Another target market is payers, which can reduce their total healthcare expenditures by decreasing indirect costs that arise from non-compliance. A barrier to adoption in this market may still be the limited clinical proof available on the positive effects that a specific adherence solution has on the total healthcare costs.

The Netherlands became the first country to implement a reimbursement code for medication dispensing, enabling home care providers to use a remotely monitored medication dispensing solution to replace some home visits. There is also strong interest from home care providers and municipalities for this use case in the Nordic countries.

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Berg Insight says 16.5 million Europeans will use connected care solutions in 2022

Berg Insight says 16.5 million Europeans will use connected care solutions in 2022

Berg Insight says 16.5 million Europeans will use connected care solutions in 2022

According to a new research report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, around 5.9 million people in Europe were using connected care solutions at the end of 2016.

The figure refers to users of traditional telecare, next-generation telecare and telehealth solutions in the EU28+2 countries.

Until 2022, Berg Insight forecasts that the number of connected care users will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7 percent to reach 16.5 million.

Traditional telecare is currently the largest and most mature of the three market segments, but the next-generation telecare and telehealth market segments are expected to have a higher growth rate while traditional telecare is being phased out. Berg Insight expects that traditional telecare will be overtaken by next-generation telecare as the largest segment of the connected care market with a forecasted 8.1 million users in 2022. However, traditional telecare will follow with 6.2 million us ers and telehealth with 4.0 million users at the end of the forecast period.

The European connected care industry is facing major changes that will reshape the competitive environment for solution vendors and service providers during the coming years. One of the main developments is the digitalization of telephone networks that already has started in several countries. Massive replacements of telecare equipment will be needed due to that analogue devices no longer function reliably when the PSTN infrastructure is modernized. At the same time, the market is opening up to new types of solutions that can advance the delivery of care to the next level. This includes next-generation telecare systems that support functionalities such as remote visits and video communication.

chart: connected care systems in use Europe 2016-2022Anders Frick, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight, said:

“There is a strong need for solutions that enable social care and healthcare services to be delivered more cost-efficiently without compromising the quality of care”.

He adds that this need will only grow stronger in the future as the European population structure ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases increases.

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Berg Insight says 62.0 million European households will have smart gas meters by 2022

Berg Insight says 62.0 million European households will have smart gas meters by 2022

According to a new report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart gas meters in Europe will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 37.8 percent between 2016 and 2022 to reach 62.0 million units at the end of the period.

Deployments of smart gas meters on the European market accelerated in 2017 as the number of installed devices reached 17.3 million.

The growth is mainly driven by nationwide rollouts in France, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. Italy is the largest market with annual demand projected to peak at more than 5 million units towards the end of the decade. France entered the mass-rollout phase in 2017 and the UK market is expected to take off in 2018. In the Netherlands, the full-scale rollout is already underway and will continue until the early 2020s.

The European smart gas meters use a variety of communication methods, including fixed RF networks and local interfaces to master electricity meters. Short-range radio communication using the 169 MHz frequency band is the de-facto industry networking standard in France and Italy where smart gas meters are deployed independently of smart electricity meters. In the UK and the Netherlands, local wired or wireless interfaces are used for transmitting readings via the customer’s smart electricity meter. Several vendors have performed successful trials of using NB-IoT networks for connecting smart gas meters in the past year.

Tobias Ryberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight, said:

“Berg Insight expects that smart gas metering will become one of the first high-volume applications for NB-IoT. The combination of low data volumes and the need for 10+ year battery operation is an ideal match”.

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European home automation market to reach $806.1 million by 2022

European home automation market to reach $ 806.1 million by 2022

A new Frost & Sullivan report sets the scene for double-digital growth in the European home automation market.

The European home automation market is set to reach $ 806.1 million by 2022, according to a new report by analyst company Frost and Sullivan.

The report, European Home Automation Systems Market, Forecast to 2022, states that the market will see double-digit growth, recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.8 per cent.

Among the trends and developments driving growth and innovation are the emergence of disruptive end-to-end connectivity and hub models in the next three to five years. Frost & Sullivan analysts also anticipate a convergence of the home automation and connected homes markets, opening doors for recent entrants such as Vivint, Amazon Echo, and Nest.

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The report claims that partnerships or agreements between original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and service/platform providers, such as Lutron and Apple Homekit, will deliver efficient and manageable home automation Product-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions.

They also anticipate a rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activities, as key companies trying to strengthen their market positions. Examples include Samsung’s acquisition of SmartThings, and AMX Harman and Bosch’s acquisition of ProSyst.

There will also be an expansion of brands from the connected home market, such as Samsung, Net, hive, Philips Hue, and Qivicon, as vendors start to offer more sophisticated home hubs and convergence.

“In the next three to five years, voice-over-technology, gesture, and facial recognition will become the key transformational technologies in the home automation market,” said Frost & Sullivan home & building technology Research Analyst Harini Shankar.

“Players should adopt deep and machine learning algorithms as these technologies will become critical.”

Shankar added that innovation scouting, partnering, collaboration, and appropriate acquisitions will be essential to mitigate high initial investment and replacement costs, plus a lack of skilled labour.

“Players should seek to deploy easy-to-understand, customer-centric business models to increase home automation systems (HAS) market penetration,” he said.

Read more: Survey: UK consumers wary of smart home products

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