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The Cold Chain Tracking and Monitoring Market

  • ID: 5325096
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Berg Insight AB
Installed Base of Active Remote Tracking Systems for Cargo Loading Units Forecasted to Grow from 2.5 Million Units at the End of 2020 to 6.2 Million Units by 2025, at a CAGR of 20%


  • 7PSolutions
  • Cold Chain Technologies
  • Emerson
  • Intermodal Telematics
  • Roambee
  • Spireon
This study investigates the market for tracking and monitoring of refrigerated containers, trailers, swap bodies, rail freight wagons, air freight unit load devices, cargo boxes and pallets. The installed base of active remote tracking systems for these cargo loading units is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 20.0 percent from 2.5 million units at the end of 2020 to 6.2 million units by 2025.

Perishable foods, vaccines and pharmaceuticals, chemicals and electronics can benefit greatly from these solutions as they are typically sensitive to exposure of temperature variations during transportation. Get up to date with the latest information about vendors, products and markets.

Highlights from this report:

  • Insights from 30 executive interviews with market leading companies.
  • Comprehensive overview of the refrigerated cargo tracking value chain and key applications.
  • In-depth analysis of market trends and key developments.
  • Summary of major refrigerated cargo tracking initiatives worldwide.
  • Profiles of 70 cold chain tracking solution providers.
  • Detailed forecasts by market segment lasting until 2025.

This report answers the following questions:

  • Which are the leading providers of cold chain tracking solutions?
  • What offerings are available from device vendors and service providers?
  • Which modes of refrigerated transport have the highest penetration rates?
  • What impact will regulations and legislations have on the market?
  • What are the key drivers behind the adoption of refrigerated cargo tracking solutions?
  • What are the latest trends on the cold chain tracking market?
  • What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
  • How will the cold chain tracking industry evolve in the future?
Refrigerated intermodal container tracking is today the largest segment, followed by tracking devices for general refrigerated cargo applications and refrigerated trailer tracking. The refrigerated rail freight wagon and air cargo container tracking segments are considerably smaller. The total market value for cold chain tracking solutions reached € 465 million in 2020. Growing at a CAGR of 14.1 percent, the total market size is forecasted to reach € 900 million in 2025.

The cold chain tracking and monitoring market is served by a wide range of players. Maersk Line has rolled out a system for real-time tracking of its entire fleet of 370,000 refrigerated containers, making it the largest refrigerated cargo container tracking project worldwide. ORBCOMM is the second largest player in terms of the number of connected units with an estimated 344,000 units installed on both refrigerated trailers and reefer containers.

Additional major players in the refrigerated container tracking segment include Envotech, Globe Tracker and Emerson. Leading refrigerated trailer tracking players moreover include Spireon, Thermo King, Cooltrax, Schmitz Cargobull and Idem Telematics. Sensitech (part of Carrier), Controlant and Tive are leading players in the general refrigerated cargo tracking segment. These companies’ solutions are based on trackers that are placed together with the cargo during transportation and can be used for various modes of transport. There are furthermore several cold chain logistics service providers that offer cargo location and condition tracking as a service for their customers. Examples of companies in this group are DB Schenker, DHL, FedEx and UPS.

Cold chain tracking solutions provide significant value for shippers and logistics service providers by providing real-time data on cargo location and condition. These solutions have become extra valuable in the past year when the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in global supply chains.

“Now more than ever, it is vital for shippers to know the exact location and condition of their cold chain products in transit” said Martin Backman, Senior Analyst. Vaccines, pharmaceuticals and perishables are high-value goods that can easily be spoiled if correct actions are not taken when a disruption in the cold chain occurs. A single shipment of this type of cargo can be worth millions of euros.

“Even for low value refrigerated goods it makes sense to invest in a real-time tracking solution as brand reputation can be severely damaged when spoiled goods arrive at the customer site”, continues Mr. Backman.

The cold chain tracking solution market is now set for substantial growth in the coming years.

“Several new players have entered the cold chain tracking solutions market lately, offering new innovative products and services that create healthy competition and a wider range of solutions to choose from”, concludes Mr. Backman.
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  • 7PSolutions
  • Cold Chain Technologies
  • Emerson
  • Intermodal Telematics
  • Roambee
  • Spireon

Executive summary

1 Global freight transport overview
1.1 International merchandise trade
1.1.1 Freight transportation modes
1.1.2 Logistics units and
1.1.3 Ports, terminals and trade
1.1.4 Global container shipping companies and air cargo
1.2 Containers, trailers and
1.2.1 Intermodal shipping
1.2.2 Trailers and
1.2.3 Rail Freight
1.2.4 Air freight unit load devices

2 The cold chain
2.1 The cold
2.2 Goods transported in the cold
2.3 Cold chain
2.3.1 North
2.3.2 Europe
2.3.3 Rest of the
2.4 Cold chain monitoring solutions
2.4.1 Cold chain tracking infrastructure
2.4.2 Benefits of using tracking solutions
2.5 Business models

3 Market forecast 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 Value chain analysis
3.2.1 Refrigerated cargo and cargo container tracking solution providers
3.2.2 Refrigerated cargo container OEMs
3.2.3 Cold chain logistics service
3.3 Market drivers and barriers
3.3.1 Macroeconomic environment
3.3.2 Regulatory environment
3.3.3 Competitive environment
3.3.4 Technology environment
3.4 Future industry trends

4 Cold chain tracking solution providers
4.1 Refrigerated cargo container tracking solution providers
4.1.1 Arviem
4.1.2 Ayantra
4.1.3 Bosch
4.1.4 CalAmp
4.1.5 CLS Group
4.1.6 Cooltrax
4.1.7 Contguard
4.1.8 Digi International
4.1.9 Emerson
4.1.10 Envotech
4.1.11 Fleet Complete
4.1.12 G7 Networks
4.1.13 Globe Tracker
4.1.14 Idem Telematics
4.1.15 Intermodal Telematics
4.1.16 Kirsen Global Security
4.1.17 Omnitracs
4.1.18 ORBCOMM
4.1.19 PowerFleet
4.1.20 Purfresh
4.1.21 Samsara
4.1.22 SAVVY Telematic Systems
4.1.23 Sensolus
4.1.24 Spireon
4.1.25 Starcom Systems
4.1.26 Swinnus
4.1.27 Sycada
4.1.28 Transics (ZF)
4.1.29 Ubidata
4.1.30 Zenatek
4.2 Refrigerated cargo tracking solution providers
4.2.1 7PSolutions
4.2.2 Berlinger
4.2.3 BT9
4.2.4 CartaSense
4.2.5 Cloudleaf
4.2.6 Controlant
4.2.7 DeltaTrak
4.2.8 ELPRO
4.2.9 Hanhaa
4.2.10 Intelyt
4.2.11 Kizy Tracking
4.2.12 Modum
4.2.13 OnAsset Intelligence
4.2.14 Roambee
4.2.15 Sendum Wireless
4.2.16 Sensire
4.2.17 Sensitech (Carrier)
4.2.18 Sierra
4.2.19 Sony
4.2.20 Tempmate
4.2.21 Tive
4.2.22 Trusted
4.2.23 TSS
4.3 Refrigerated trailer and cargo container OEMs
4.3.1 Carrier
4.3.2 Cold Chain Technologies
4.3.3 Cryoport
4.3.4 CSafe Global
4.3.5 Envirotainer
4.3.6 Krone
4.3.7 Schmitz Cargobull
4.3.8 Sonoco ThermoSafe
4.3.9 Thermo King (Trane Technologies)
4.3.10 va-Q-tec
4.4 Cold chain logistics service providers
4.4.1 DB Schenker
4.4.2 DHL
4.4.3 FedEx
4.4.4 Hapag-Lloyd
4.4.5 Maersk Line
4.4.6 UPS
4.4.7 ZIM


List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Index for GDP and international merchandise trade (World 1990–2019)
Figure 1.2: Merchandise trade by region (World 2019)
Figure 1.3: External trade by mode of transport (EU-27 2018)
Figure 1.4: Container port throughput (World 2005–2019)
Figure 1.5: Top 10 container ports (World 2019)
Figure 1.6: Top 10 air cargo ports (World 2019)
Figure 1.7: Top 10 container shipping companies (World March 2021)
Figure 1.8: Top 10 air cargo airlines (World 2019)
Figure 1.9: Annual air cargo growth rates by major market (World 2020)
Figure 1.10: Examples of intermodal container form factors
Figure 1.11: Intermodal container fleet size (World 2016–2020)
Figure 1.12: Intermodal container fleet by type (World 2020)
Figure 1.13: Examples of trailer form factors
Figure 1.14: Cargo trailer fleet by region (World 2020)
Figure 1.15: Examples of rail wagon form factors
Figure 1.16: Number of rail freight wagons per region (World 2020)
Figure 1.17: Examples of ULD form factors
Figure 2.1: The cold supply chain
Figure 2.2: Optimum temperature levels for different products in the cold chain
Figure 2.3: Real-time cargo and cargo container tracking infrastructure overview
Figure 2.4: Examples of device form factors for refrigerated cargo and cargo containers
Figure 2.5: Data interfaces used by container tracking devices
Figure 2.6: Example of cargo container tracking service segment
Figure 3.1: Cold chain tracking device shipments and installed base (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.2: Cold chain monitoring market value (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.3: Refrigerated trailer tracking devices per region (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.4: Major refrigerated cargo and cargo container tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.5: Major refrigerated trailer tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.6: Major refrigerated intermodal container tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.7: Major refrigerated cargo tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 4.1: Bosch Asset Tracking Gateway and Sensor Tags
Figure 4.2: SmartSense by Digi
Figure 4.3: Envotech’s RadioSecure SLM
Figure 4.4: GT Sense tracking device, sensors and platform
Figure 4.5: IMT’s connected tank container solution
Figure 4.6: CT 3000 reefer container tracking device
Figure 4.7: PowerFleet’s LV-710 camera sensor
Figure 4.8: Purfresh active atmosphere panels
Figure 4.9: Sensolus end-to-end tracking solution
Figure 4.10: Spireon FL Flex modular trailer tracking device
Figure 4.11: Starcom Systems’ tracking devices
Figure 4.12: Swinnus’ container tracking and security devices
Figure 4.13: TX-TRAILERGUARD tracking device and TX-CONNECT software
Figure 4.14: CO 10.01 Real-time Logger
Figure 4.15: FlashLink Real-Time Mini Loggers
Figure 4.16: LIBERO G real-time tracking and data logging solution
Figure 4.17: Parcelive tracker and online portal
Figure 4.18: Kizy K-2 tracker and USB-C temperature sensor extension
Figure 4.19: SENTRY 500 FlightSafe tracking device and Sentinel sensor tag
Figure 4.20: Roambee BeeAware NB-IoT tracking solution
Figure 4.21: Sendum’s PT300 package tracker
Figure 4.22: TempTale Geo real-time data loggers
Figure 4.23: Sony Visilion tracker and online application
Figure 4.24: Tempmate-GS real-time data logger
Figure 4.25: The Tive Solo 5G tracking device
Figure 4.26: CSafe’s real-time shipment visibility platform
Figure 4.27: PharmaPort 360 active ULD container
Figure 4.28: Thermo King Precedent connected trailer refrigeration unit
Figure 4.29: The va-Q-tainer insulated container
Figure 4.30: FedEx SenseAware

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • 7PSolutions
  • Arviem
  • Ayantra
  • Berlinger
  • Bosch
  • BT9
  • CalAmp
  • Carrier
  • CartaSense
  • Cloudleaf
  • CLS Group
  • Cold chain logistics service providers
  • Cold Chain Technologies
  • Contguard
  • Controlant
  • Cooltrax
  • Cryoport
  • CSafe Global
  • DB Schenker
  • DeltaTrak
  • DHL
  • Digi International
  • Emerson
  • Envirotainer
  • Envotech
  • FedEx
  • Fleet Complete
  • G7 Networks
  • Globe Tracker
  • Hanhaa
  • Hapag-Lloyd
  • Idem Telematics
  • Intelyt
  • Intermodal Telematics
  • Kirsen Global Security
  • Kizy Tracking
  • Krone
  • Maersk Line
  • Modum
  • Omnitracs
  • OnAsset Intelligence
  • PowerFleet
  • Purfresh
  • Refrigerated cargo tracking solution providers
  • Refrigerated trailer and cargo container OEMs
  • Roambee
  • Samsara
  • SAVVY Telematic Systems
  • Schmitz Cargobull
  • Sendum Wireless
  • Sensire
  • Sensitech (Carrier)
  • Sensolus
  • Sierra
  • Sonoco ThermoSafe
  • Sony
  • Spireon
  • Starcom Systems
  • Swinnus
  • Sycada
  • Tempmate
  • Thermo King (Trane Technologies)
  • Tive
  • Transics (ZF)
  • Trusted
  • TSS
  • Ubidata
  • UPS
  • va-Q-tec
  • Zenatek
  • ZIM
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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.