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Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking - 8th Edition

  • ID: 5118853
  • Report
  • June 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Berg Insight AB
COVID-19 Highlights the Need for Real-Time Cargo Tracking Solutions


  • 7PSolutions
  • Contguard
  • Globalstar
  • RM2
  • Sony
  • MORE

This study investigates the market for tracking and security of intermodal shipping containers, trailers, swap bodies, rail freight wagons, air freight unit load devices, cargo boxes and pallets. The installed base of remote tracking systems for these cargo loading units is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.4 percent from 7.5 million units at the end of 2019 to 23.2 million units by 2024. Get up to date with the latest information about vendors, products and markets.

Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking is the eighth consecutive report analysing the latest developments on the trailer and cargo container tracking market worldwide. This strategic research report provides you with 270 pages of unique business intelligence including 5-year industry forecasts and expert commentary on which to base your business decisions.

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 7.5 million worldwide in 2019. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.4 percent, this number is expected to reach 23.2 million by 2024. In terms of installed units, trailer telematics is today the most developed market, followed by tracking devices for general cargo applications and intermodal containers. The markets for tracking solutions for rail freight wagons and air cargo containers are considerably smaller but are estimated to grow substantially during the coming five years. The total market value for trailer and cargo container tracking solutions reached an estimated € 1.1 billion in 2019.

Growing at a CAGR of 16.2 percent, the total market size is forecasted to reach € 2.2 billion in 2024. The analyst 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, Spireon, CalAmp, PowerFleet and Samsara the leading players on the North American trailer telematics market in terms of the number of active units. The European trailer telematics market is smaller than the North American and is dominated by Idem Telematics, Schmitz Cargobull, Transics/WABCO and CLS Group. Five major vendors on the container tracking solution market are Malaysia-based Envotech, China-based ZillionSource, France-based TRAXENS and Sierra Wireless and Geoforce based in the US. Mecomo and Agheera, both based in Europe, are major vendors in the adjacent swap body segment. Nexiot, Siemens, SAVVY and DOT Telematik based in Europe and Amsted Rail based in North America are significant vendors of tracking solutions for rail freight wagons. Sensitech, Roambee, OnAsset Intelligence and Controlant are notable players in the general cargo segment, also offering solutions for air freight cargo tracking.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is anticipated to create an increased focus on supply chain visibility and security going forward. “In light of recent events it has been made clear that real-time data on the location and condition of cargo in transit is crucial for an efficient and reliable supply chain”, says Martin Backman, Senior Analyst. Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) networks developed specifically for IoT applications such as Sigfox, CAT-M1, NB-IoT and LoRaWAN are now increasingly available around the world which lowers the barriers for adoption of tracking solutions. “There are great opportunities for solution providers ahead as there will be a surge for cargo tracking solutions post COVID-19 and there will be various communications technology options available to support different customer needs”, concludes Mr. Backman.

Highlights from this report:

  • Insights from 30 new executive interviews with market leading companies.
  • Comprehensive overview of the real-time cargo tracking value chain and key applications.
  • In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
  • Summary of major cargo tracking initiatives from the EU and the US.
  • Updated profiles of 102 container tracking solution providers.
  • Detailed forecasts by market vertical lasting until 2024.

The report answers the following questions:

  • Which are the leading providers of trailer and cargo container tracking solutions?
  • What offerings are available from device vendors and service providers?
  • What impact will international regulations and security initiatives have on the market?
  • What are the key drivers behind the adoption of cargo tracking devices?
  • What are the latest trends on the cold chain monitoring market?
  • What are the recent merger and acquisition activities on this market?
  • What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
  • How will the cargo telematics industry evolve in the future?

Who should buy this report?

Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking is the foremost source of information about the adoption of tracking solutions for trailers and cargo containers. Whether you are a tracking solution provider,  device vendor, cargo transportation stakeholder, telecom operator, investor, consultant, or government agency, you will gain valuable insights from this in-depth research.

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  • 7PSolutions
  • Contguard
  • Globalstar
  • RM2
  • Sony
  • MORE

Executive summary

1 Global freight transportation overview
1.1 International merchandise trade
1.1.1 Freight transportation modes
1.1.2 Logistics units and containerisation
1.1.3 Ports, terminals and trade lanes
1.2 Intermodal shipping containers
1.2.1 Container fleet
1.2.2 Container manufacturers
1.2.3 Container ownership structure
1.2.4 Container ships
1.2.5 Container shipping companies
1.2.6 Container leasing companies
1.3 Trailers, semi-trailers, rail freight wagons and ULDs
1.3.1 Trailers and semi-trailers
1.3.2 Rail Freight Wagons
1.3.3 Air freight unit load devices
1.4 Other transport industry actors
1.4.1 Consigner/Consignee
1.4.2 Freight forwarders
1.4.3 Customs and regulatory authorities
1.4.4 Terminal operators and ground handlers

2 Trailer and cargo container tracking solutions
2.1 Trailer and cargo container tracking infrastructure
2.1.1 Trailer and cargo container segment
2.1.2 GNSS segment
2.1.3 Network segment
2.1.4 Service segment
2.2 Supply chain management
2.2.1 Cargo and inventory management
2.2.2 Insurance risk management
2.3 Security management
2.3.1 Theft, accident and damage security
2.3.2 Terrorism and illegal and dangerous goods security
2.4 Trailer and container management
2.4.1 Container and trailer fleet management
2.4.2 Container and trailer transport management
2.5 Regulatory compliance and reporting
2.5.1 Supply chain security and environmental programs
2.5.2 Tax collection
2.6 International container and cargo tracking technology initiatives
2.6.1 The Integrity project
2.6.2 The Smart-CM project
2.6.3 The Cassandra project
2.6.4 The CONTAIN project
2.6.5 The CORE project
2.6.6 The RTICM project
2.6.7 The SaMoLoSa project
2.6.8 The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cargo Security Programs
2.6.9 The RECONS project
2.6.10 The Apex-Secure Transit Corridors Project
2.6.11 The NexTrust project
2.6.12 The DataPorts project
2.6.13 Container 42
2.7 Business models

3 Market forecasts and trends
3.1 Market analysis
3.1.1 Installed base and unit shipments
3.1.2 Market value
3.1.3 Regional markets
3.1.4 Vendor market shares
3.2 Market drivers and barriers
3.2.1 Macroeconomic environment
3.2.2 Regulatory environment
3.2.3 Competitive environment
3.2.4 Technology environment
3.3 Value chain analysis
3.3.1 Telematics industry players
3.3.2 Cargo transport industry players
3.3.3 Trailer and cargo container OEMs
3.3.4 Telecom industry players
3.3.5 IT industry players
3.4 Future industry trends

4 European solution providers
4.1 Agheera
4.2 Arviem
4.3 Bosch
4.4 BT9
4.5 CargoGuard
4.6 Controlant
4.7 CLS Group
4.8 DHL
4.9 DOT Telematik
4.10 EPSa
4.11 Globe Tracker
4.12 Hanhaa
4.13 Hirschmann Mobility (TE Connectivity)
4.14 Idem Telematics
4.15 Identec Solutions
4.16 Intermodal Telematics
4.17 Kirsen Global Security
4.18 Kizy Tracking
4.19 KPN
4.20 LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech)
4.21 Maersk Line
4.23 Next4
4.24 Nexxiot
4.25 Ovinto
4.26 RM2
4.27 SAVVY Telematic Systems
4.28 Schmitz Cargobull
4.29 SecureSystem
4.30 Sensire
4.31 Siemens
4.32 Sycada
4.33 Transics (WABCO)
4.34 Traxens
4.35 Trusted
4.36 TSS
4.37 Ubidata
4.38 Zenatek

5 North American solution providers
5.1 7PSolutions
5.2 Amsted Rail
5.3 AT&T
5.4 Ayantra
5.5 BlackBerry
5.6 BSM Technologies (Geotab)
5.7 CalAmp
5.8 Ctrack (Inseego)
5.9 DeltaTrak
5.10 Digi International
5.11 Digital Communications Technologies
5.12 Emerson
5.13 Fleet Complete
5.14 Fleetilla
5.15 Geoforce
5.16 Globalstar
5.17 Hi-G-Tek
5.18 Honeywell
5.19 Intelyt
5.20 Nortac Defence
5.21 Omnitracs
5.22 OnAsset Intelligence
5.24 Pallet Alliance
5.25 PalleTech
5.26 Phillips Connect Technologies
5.27 PowerFleet
5.28 Purfresh
5.29 Quake Global
5.30 Roambee
5.31 RSAE Labs
5.32 Samsara
5.33 Savi Technology
5.34 Sendum Wireless
5.35 Sensitech
5.36 Sierra Wireless
5.37 SkyBitz (Ametek)
5.38 Spireon
5.39 SpotSee
5.40 Teletrac Navman
5.41 TGI
5.42 Thermo King (Ingersoll Rand)
5.43 Trimble
5.44 Wireless Links
5.45 Zest Labs (Ecoark)

6 Rest of World solution providers
6.1 Arknav
6.2 CartaSense
6.3 Contguard
6.4 Cooltrax
6.5 Eliron
6.6 Envotech
6.7 Globaltrack
6.8 Loginno Logistic Innovation
6.9 MiX Telematics
6.10 Pointer (PowerFleet)
6.11 Queclink Wireless Solutions
6.12 Satlock
6.13 Sony
6.14 Starcom Systems
6.15 Swinnus
6.16 TPL Trakker
6.17 Tracertrak (Pivotel)
6.18 ZillionSource Technologies
6.19 ZIM


List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Index for GDP and international merchandise trade (World 1990–2018)
Figure 1.2: Merchandise trade by region (World 2018)
Figure 1.3: External trade by mode of transport (EU-28 2017)
Figure 1.4: Container port throughput (World 2005–2018)
Figure 1.5: Top 10 container ports (World 2018)
Figure 1.6: Top 10 air cargo ports (World 2018)
Figure 1.7: Container flows
Figure 1.8: Examples of intermodal container form factors
Figure 1.9: Intermodal container fleet size (World 2010–2018)
Figure 1.10: Intermodal container fleet by type (World 2018)
Figure 1.11: Container manufacturer market shares (World 2018)
Figure 1.12: Container fleet ownership structure (World 2018)
Figure 1.13: Top 10 container shipping companies (World April 2020)
Figure 1.14: Top container leasing companies (World 2019)
Figure 1.15: Cargo trailer fleet by region (World 2019)
Figure 1.16: Examples of trailer form factors
Figure 1.17: Examples of rail wagon form factors
Figure 1.18: Transported tonne-kilometres by rail per region (World 2018)
Figure 1.19: Number of rail freight wagons per region (World 2020)
Figure 1.20: Examples of ULD pallet and container form factors
Figure 1.21: Annual air cargo growth rates by major market (World 2019)
Figure 1.22: Top 10 air cargo airlines (World 2018)
Figure 1.23: The transport chain
Figure 1.24: Top 5 container terminal operators (World 2018)
Figure 2.1: Real-time trailer and cargo container tracking infrastructure overview
Figure 2.2: Examples of trailer and cargo container tracking device form factors
Figure 2.3: Data interfaces used by container tracking units
Figure 2.4: Top 10 mobile operators by reported IoT connections (World Q4-2019)
Figure 2.5: Example of trailer and cargo container tracking service segment
Figure 2.6: Examples of supply chain programs and initiatives (World 2020)
Figure 2.7: Stakeholder benefits through Cassandra data sharing and risk assessment
Figure 2.8: Container 42
Figure 3.1: Tracking device shipments and installed base (World 2019–2024)
Figure 3.2: Cold chain tracking device shipments and installed base (World 2019–2024)
Figure 3.3: Trailer and cargo container market value (World 2019–2024)
Figure 3.4: Trailer tracking device shipments by region (World 2019–2024)
Figure 3.5: Major cargo loading unit tracking vendors (Q4-2019)
Figure 3.6: Major trailer tracking vendors (Q4-2019)
Figure 3.7: Major intermodal container tracking vendors (Q4-2019)
Figure 3.8: Major rail freight wagon tracking vendors (Q4-2019)
Figure 3.9: M&As in the trailer and cargo container tracking space (2015–2017)
Figure 3.10: M&As in the trailer and cargo container tracking space (2018–2020)
Figure 3.11: Examples of GSM/GPS tracking devices approved for air cargo
Figure 3.12: FedEx SenseAware
Figure 3.13: Examples of telecom players offering cargo container and trailer tracking
Figure 4.1: European solution providers (A–G)
Figure 4.2: European solution providers (H–Z)
Figure 4.3: Bosch Asset Tracking Gateway and Sensor Tags
Figure 4.4: CO 10.01 Real-time Logger
Figure 4.5: Parcelive tracker and online portal
Figure 4.6: The HS 3000 Series tracking device
Figure 4.7: IMT’s connected tank container solution
Figure 4.8: Overview of Maersk Line’s Remote Container Management (RCM)
Figure 4.9: Mecomo’s mecSOLAR solar-powered tracking device
Figure 4.10: Next4’s removable tracking device
Figure 4.11: Ovinto Remote Monitoring System
Figure 4.12: RM2 BLOCKPal connected pallet
Figure 4.13: Overview of Siemens Controlguide CTmobile system
Figure 4.14: Trusted T7+ tracking device
Figure 5.1: North American solution providers (A–P)
Figure 5.2: North American solution providers (P–Z)
Figure 5.3: 7PSolutions’ GL300W tracking device
Figure 5.4: BlackBerry Radar H2 and A2
Figure 5.5: FlashLink Real-Time Mini Loggers
Figure 5.6: SmartSense by Digi
Figure 5.7: Fleetilla FL950 tracking device
Figure 5.8: Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar tracking device
Figure 5.9: Nortac Defence’s Shadow tracking device
Figure 5.10: SENTRY 500 tracking device
Figure 5.11: GT 1200 Series trailer and container tracking device
Figure 5.12: Overview of PalleTech’s solution
Figure 5.13: PowerFleet’s LV-710 camera sensor
Figure 5.14: Purfresh active atmosphere panels
Figure 5.15: Roambee BeeAware NB-IoT tracking solution
Figure 5.16: Savi Locate
Figure 5.17: Sendum’s PT300 package tracker
Figure 5.18: Spireon FL Flex modular trailer tracking device
Figure 5.19: SpotBot Cellular tracking device
Figure 5.20: Thermo King Precedent connected trailer refrigeration unit
Figure 6.1: Rest of World solution providers (A–T)
Figure 6.2: Rest of World solution providers (T–Z)
Figure 6.3: Envotech’s RadioSecure SLM
Figure 6.4: Pointer’s CelloTrack Nano and external BLE MultiSense device
Figure 6.5: Sony Visilion tracker and online application
Figure 6.6: Starcom Systems’ tracking devices
Figure 6.7: Swinnus’ container tracking and security devices

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  • 7PSolutions
  • AT&T
  • Agheera
  • Amsted Rail
  • Arknav
  • Arviem
  • Ayantra
  • BSM Technologies (Geotab)
  • BT9
  • BlackBerry
  • Bosch
  • CLS Group
  • CalAmp
  • CargoGuard
  • CartaSense
  • Contguard
  • Controlant
  • Cooltrax
  • Ctrack (Inseego)
  • DHL
  • DOT Telematik
  • DeltaTrak
  • Digi International
  • Digital Communications Technologies
  • EPSa
  • Eliron
  • Emerson
  • Envotech
  • Fleet Complete
  • Fleetilla
  • Geoforce
  • Globalstar
  • Globaltrack
  • Globe Tracker
  • Hanhaa
  • Hi-G-Tek
  • Hirschmann Mobility (TE Connectivity)
  • Honeywell
  • Idem Telematics
  • Identec Solutions
  • Intelyt
  • Intermodal Telematics
  • KPN
  • Kirsen Global Security
  • Kizy Tracking
  • LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech)
  • Loginno Logistic Innovation
  • Maersk Line
  • MiX Telematics
  • Next4
  • Nexxiot
  • Nortac Defence
  • Omnitracs
  • OnAsset Intelligence
  • Ovinto
  • PalleTech
  • Pallet Alliance
  • Phillips Connect Technologies
  • Pointer (PowerFleet)
  • PowerFleet
  • Purfresh
  • Quake Global
  • Queclink Wireless Solutions
  • RM2
  • RSAE Labs
  • Roambee
  • SAVVY Telematic Systems
  • Samsara
  • Satlock
  • Savi Technology
  • Schmitz Cargobull
  • SecureSystem
  • Sendum Wireless
  • Sensire
  • Sensitech
  • Siemens
  • Sierra Wireless
  • SkyBitz (Ametek)
  • Sony
  • Spireon
  • SpotSee
  • Starcom Systems
  • Swinnus
  • Sycada
  • TGI
  • TPL Trakker
  • TSS
  • Teletrac Navman
  • Thermo King (Ingersoll Rand)
  • Tracertrak (Pivotel)
  • Transics (WABCO)
  • Traxens
  • Trimble
  • Trusted
  • Ubidata
  • Wireless Links
  • ZIM
  • Zenatek
  • Zest Labs (Ecoark)
  • ZillionSource Technologies
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The Internet of Things is very diverse. There are hundreds of different use cases, each with different dynamics. The starting point is to segment the market.

The analyst begins with a number of sectors: Automotive, Cities, Health, Industry, Home, Industrial, Energy, Retail and Consumer Electronics. Each of these sectors breaks down into a number of applications. In total across all sectors, the analyst examines around 150 separate applications. It is at this application level that they generate their IoT forecast. The analyst builds reliable data bottom-up. They take into consideration the current adoption rate, regulations, demographics, vertical-specific statistics, value chain structure, etc.

The rigorous data collection methods are based on first-hand and secondary sources. The analyst conducts many hundreds of executive interviews on a yearly basis with companies from all parts of the IoT value chain.  They talk to on a regular basis all major mobile operator groups and regulators as well as the chipset, module, and terminal vendors. They also interview many companies in each of the vertical markets.