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Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking - 9th Edition

  • ID: 5458937
  • Report
  • October 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 269 Pages
  • Berg Insight AB
The Installed Base of Active Cargo Tracking Units Reached 9.3 Million in 2020


  • 7PSolutions
  • CartaSense
  • Geoforce
  • LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech)
  • RM2
  • Spireon

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 25.3 percent from 9.3 million units at the end of 2020 to 28.9 million units by 2025. Get up to date with the latest information about vendors, products and markets.

Highlights from the 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 cargo container tracking solution providers.
  • Detailed forecasts by market vertical lasting until 2025.
  • The latest trends on trailer, intermodal container, rail freight wagon, air cargo container, cargo box and pallet tracking.

This 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 recent merger and acquisition activities on this market?
  • What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
  • How will the cargo telematics industry evolve?
  • What are the future trends on this market?

The installed base of active cargo tracking units to reach 29 million by 2025

This market report covering the trailer and cargo container tracking market. 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 9.3 million worldwide in 2020. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.3 percent, this number is expected to reach 28.9 million by 2025. 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 € 1.2 billion in 2020. Growing at a CAGR of 16.0 percent, the total market size is forecasted to reach € 2.5 billion in 2025. 

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 number of active units. The European trailer telematics market is substantially smaller than the North American and is dominated by ORBCOMM, Idem Telematics, Schmitz Cargobull, Transics/WABCO and Novacom Europe. Maersk Line is largest intermodal shipping container tracking company. Other leading players in the segment include Envotech, ORBCOMM, TRAXENS, ZillionSource and Globe Tracker. Mecomo and Agheera, both based in Europe, are strong vendors in the adjacent swap body segment. Nexxiot, 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, Tive, OnAsset Intelligence and Controlant are notable players in the general cargo segment, also offering solutions for air freight cargo tracking.

While the global COVID-19 pandemic and the semiconductor shortage are challenging for tracking vendors, they also accentuate how important reliable and up-to-date shipment data is for fleet owners, shippers, transporters and other actors in the logistics industry. This creates an increasing demand for asset tracking and cargo condition monitoring solutions. New solutions and features are also introduced on the market. “The trailer and cargo container tracking industry is now rapidly advancing from providing merely location tracking towards providing a complete view of the condition of the trailer, container and the cargo”, says Martin Backman, Senior Analyst. This is especially true for the trailer tracking market, which has in the past few years seen an influx of new connected solutions covering cargo load, brake systems, tyre, lights and other trailer systems. “The key to success for tracking solution vendors will be to make sense of all the data and provide easy-to-use tools that help increase trailer and cargo container utilisation, identify reoccurring issues in the supply chain, and in turn save costs”, concludes Mr. Backman.

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 our in-depth research. 


  • 7PSolutions
  • CartaSense
  • Geoforce
  • LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech)
  • RM2
  • Spireon

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 Global 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 and semi-trailers
1.3.1 Global trailer fleet
1.3.2 Trailer manufacturers
1.4 Rail Freight Wagons
1.4.1 Global rail freight wagon fleet
1.5 Air freight unit load devices
1.5.1 Global ULD fleet
1.5.2 Air cargo airlines
1.6 Other transport industry actors
1.6.1 Consigner/Consignee
1.6.2 Freight forwarders
1.6.3 Customs and regulatory authorities
1.6.4 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 Benefits of using trailer and cargo container tracking solutions
2.2.1 Supply chain management
2.2.2 Security management
2.2.3 Trailer and cargo container management
2.3 Regulatory compliance and reporting
2.3.1 Supply chain security and environmental programs
2.3.2 Tax collection
2.4 International container and cargo tracking technology initiatives
2.4.1 The Integrity project
2.4.2 The Smart-CM project
2.4.3 The CORE project
2.4.4 The SaMoLoSa project
2.4.5 The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cargo Security Programs
2.4.6 The NexTrust project
2.4.7 The DataPorts project
2.4.8 Container
2.5 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
3.4.1 Solutions for refrigerated cargo lead the tracking market
3.4.2 Trailer OEMs incorporate telematics as standard
3.4.3 Advanced tracking solutions increase the value for logistics providers
3.4.4 OE trailer suppliers enable Smart Trailer solutions
3.4 Individual cargo tracking solutions increase supply chain visibility
3.4.6 New LPWA networking technologies increasingly used for cargo tracking
3.4.7 2G/3G sunset creates opportunities for tracking solution providers
3.4.8 Rail freight wagon tracking - a potential high growth market

4 European solution providers
4.1 Agheera
4.2 Arviem
4.3 Axscend (SAF-Holland)
4.4 Bosch
4.5 CargoGuard
4.6 Cargomon Systems
4.7 Cognid Telematik
4.8 Controlant
4.9 DHL
4.10 DOT Telematik
4.11 Globe Tracker
4.12 Hanhaa
4.13 Idem Telematics (BPW)
4.14 Intermodal Telematics
4.15 Kirsen Global Security
4.16 Kizy Tracking
4.17 KPN
4.18 Krone
4.19 Kögel
4.20 LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech)
4.21 Maersk Line
4.23 Net Feasa
4.24 Next4
4.25 Nexxiot
4.26 Novacom Europe (CLS Group)
4.27 Ovinto
4.28 RM2
4.29 SAVVY Telematic Systems
4.30 Schmitz Cargobull
4.31 SecureSystem
4.32 Sensolus
4.33 Siemens
4.34 Sycada
4.35 Transics (WABCO)
4.36 Traxens
4.37 Trusted
4.38 Ubidata
4.39 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 CalAmp
5.7 Cando Rail & Terminals
5.8 Carrier
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 Geotab
5.17 Globalstar
5.18 Great Dane
5.19 Honeywell
5.20 Intelyt
5.21 Omnitracs (Solera)
5.22 OnAsset Intelligence
5.24 Pallet Alliance
5.25 Phillips Connect Technologies
5.26 PowerFleet
5.27 Purfresh
5.28 Quake Global
5.29 Road Ready (Clarience Technologies)
5.30 Roambee
5.31 RSAE Labs
5.32 Samsara
5.33 Sendum Wireless
5.34 Sensitech (Carrier)
5.35 Sierra Wireless
5.36 SkyBitz (AMETEK)
5.37 Spireon
5.38 SpotSee
5.39 Teletrac Navman
5.40 TGI
5.41 Thermo King (Trane Technologies)
5.42 Tive
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 Coretex
6.6 Eliron
6.7 Envotech
6.8 Loginno Logistic Innovation
6.9 MiX Telematics
6.10 Queclink Wireless Solutions
6.11 Satlock
6.12 Sony
6.13 Starcom Systems
6.14 Swinnus
6.15 TPL Trakker
6.16 Tracertrak (Pivotel)
6.17 ZillionSource Technologies
6.18 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-28 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: Container flows
Figure 1.8: Examples of intermodal container form factors
Figure 1.9: Intermodal container fleet size (World 2016–2020)
Figure 1.10: Intermodal container fleet by type (World 2020)
Figure 1.11: Container fleet ownership structure (World 2019)
Figure 1.12: Top 10 container shipping companies (World March 2021)
Figure 1.13: Top container leasing companies (World 2020)
Figure 1.14: Examples of trailer form factors
Figure 1.15: Cargo trailer fleet by region (World 2020)
Figure 1.16: Leading trailer manufacturers (World 2020)
Figure 1.17: Examples of rail wagon form factors
Figure 1.18: Number of rail freight wagons per region (World 2020)
Figure 1.19: Examples of ULD form factors
Figure 1.20: Top 10 air cargo airlines (World 2019)
Figure 1.21: Annual air cargo growth rates by major market (World 2020)
Figure 1.22: The transport chain
Figure 1.23: Top 5 container terminal operators (World 2020)
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 IoT connections (World Q4-2020)
Figure 2.5: Example of trailer and cargo container tracking service segment
Figure 2.6: Examples of supply chain programs and initiatives (World 2021)
Figure 2.7: Container 42
Figure 3.1: Tracking device shipments and installed base (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.2: Trailer and cargo container market value (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.3: Trailer tracking devices by region (World 2020–2025)
Figure 3.4: Major cargo loading unit tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.5: Major trailer tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.6: Major intermodal container tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.7: Major rail freight wagon tracking vendors (Q4-2020)
Figure 3.8: M&As in the trailer and cargo container tracking space (2015–2016)
Figure 3.9: M&As in the trailer and cargo container tracking space (2017–2021)
Figure 3.10: Examples of GSM/GPS tracking devices approved for air shipments
Figure 3.11: FedEx SenseAware
Figure 3.12: Examples of telecom players offering trailer and cargo container tracking
Figure 4.1: European solution providers (A–H)
Figure 4.2: European solution providers (I–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: IMT’s connected tank container solution
Figure 4.7: Overview of Maersk Line’s Remote Container Management (RCM)
Figure 4.8: Mecomo’s mecSOLAR solar-powered tracking device
Figure 4.9: Next4’s tracking devices and platform
Figure 4.10: The Globehopper tracking device from Nexxiot
Figure 4.11: Ovinto Remote Monitoring System
Figure 4.12: RM2 BLOCKPal connected pallet
Figure 4.13: Sensolus’ end-to-end tracking solution
Figure 4.14: Overview of Siemens Controlguide CTmobile system
Figure 5.1: North American solution providers (A–P)
Figure 5.2: North American solution providers (P–Z)
Figure 5.3: BlackBerry Radar H2 and A2
Figure 5.4: FlashLink Real-Time Mini Loggers
Figure 5.5: SmartSense by Digi
Figure 5.6: Fleetilla FL950 tracking device
Figure 5.7: Globalstar’s SmartOne Solar tracking device
Figure 5.8: FleetPulse trailer telematics solution
Figure 5.9: SENTRY 500 FlightSafe tracking device and Sentinel sensor tag
Figure 5.10: GT 1200 Series trailer and container tracking device
Figure 5.11: Phillips Connect Smart7 telematics device
Figure 5.12: PowerFleet’s LV-710 camera sensor
Figure 5.13: Purfresh active atmosphere panels
Figure 5.14: Roambee BeeAware NB-IoT tracking solution
Figure 5.15: Sendum’s PT300 package tracker
Figure 5.16: TempTale Geo real-time data loggers
Figure 5.17: SkyBitz SmartTrailer solution
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 5.21: The Tive Solo 5G tracking device
Figure 6.1: Rest of World solution providers (A–S)
Figure 6.2: Rest of World solution providers (T–Z)
Figure 6.3: Envotech’s RadioSecure SLM
Figure 6.4: Sony Visilion tracker and online application
Figure 6.5: Starcom Systems’ tracking devices
Figure 6.6: Swinnus’ container tracking and security devices


A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • 7PSolutions 
  • Agheera 
  • Amsted Rail 
  • Arknav 
  • Arviem 
  • AT&T  
  • Axscend (SAF-Holland) 
  • Ayantra 
  • BlackBerry 
  • Bosch 
  • CalAmp  
  • Cando Rail & Terminals 
  • CargoGuard 
  • Cargomon Systems 
  • Carrier 
  • CartaSense 
  • Cognid Telematik 
  • Contguard  
  • Controlant  
  • Cooltrax 
  • Coretex  
  • DeltaTrak 
  • DHL 
  • Digi International 
  • Digital Communications Technologies  
  • DOT Telematik 
  • Eliron  
  • Emerson 
  • Envotech 
  • Fleet Complete  
  • Fleetilla 
  • Geoforce 
  • Geotab 
  • Globalstar  
  • Globe Tracker 
  • Great Dane 
  • Hanhaa  
  • Honeywell  
  • Idem Telematics (BPW) 
  • Intelyt 
  • Intermodal Telematics 
  • Kirsen Global Security 
  • Kizy Tracking 
  • KPN 
  • Krone 
  • Kögel  
  • Loginno Logistic Innovation  
  • LOSTnFOUND (fleet.tech) 
  • Maersk Line 
  • MECOMO  
  • MiX Telematics 
  • Net Feasa 
  • Next4  
  • Nexxiot 
  • Novacom Europe (CLS Group) 
  • Omnitracs (Solera) 
  • OnAsset Intelligence  
  • Ovinto 
  • Pallet Alliance 
  • Phillips Connect Technologies  
  • PowerFleet 
  • Purfresh 
  • Quake Global 
  • Queclink Wireless Solutions  
  • RM2 
  • Road Ready (Clarience Technologies) 
  • Roambee 
  • RSAE Labs 
  • Samsara 
  • Satlock 
  • SAVVY Telematic Systems 
  • Schmitz Cargobull 
  • SecureSystem 
  • Sendum Wireless 
  • Sensitech (Carrier) 
  • Sensolus 
  • Siemens 
  • Sierra Wireless 
  • SkyBitz (AMETEK) 
  • Sony 
  • Spireon  
  • SpotSee 
  • Starcom Systems  
  • Swinnus 
  • Sycada 
  • Teletrac Navman 
  • TGI 
  • Thermo King (Trane Technologies) 
  • Tive 
  • TPL Trakker 
  • Tracertrak (Pivotel) 
  • Transics (WABCO) 
  • Traxens  
  • Trimble 
  • Trusted 
  • Ubidata  
  • Wireless Links 
  • Zenatek  
  • Zest Labs (Ecoark) 
  • ZillionSource Technologies 
  • ZIM 


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.