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Trailer and Cargo Container Tracking - 11th Edition

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  • 242 Pages
  • November 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Berg Insight AB
  • ID: 5675628

The Installed Base of Active Cargo Tracking Units Will Reach 27 Million by 2027

This study investigates the market for tracking and security of intermodal shipping containers, trailers, swap bodies, rail freight wagons, air freight unit load devices, pallets and cargo boxes. The total market value for tracking solutions covering all these use cases is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 13.1 percent from € 1.8 billion in 2022 to € 3.4 billion by 2027. Get up to date with the latest information about vendors, products and markets.

Cargo and cargo carrying unit tracking aims to increase operational efficiency and visibility in transport chains. the analyst's definition of a real-time tracking solution is a system that at minimum incorporates data logging, satellite positioning and data communications to a backoffice application through cellular or satellite networks. The tracking device can be designed to track the cargo carrying unit, i.e. the trailer, intermodal container, rail freight wagon, air freight ULD or pallet, or the cargo itself. Tracking devices for cargo carrying units are permanently or temporarily installed while general cargo tracking devices are typically placed with the cargo during transport. Having access to real-time data on the location and status of cargo carrying units and cargo enable the various stakeholders in the supply chain to make better-informed decisions, increase asset utilization, save costs and reduce the environmental impact.

The market for trailer, container, rail freight wagon, ULD, pallet and general cargo tracking solutions is served by a wide range of players. Companies offering solutions for cargo carrying units typically focus on one application, e.g. trailer tracking. However, these companies often have devices installed on several different asset types. General cargo tracking solution providers are most often specialised in that market segment. The analyst ranks ORBCOMM as the largest provider of tracking solutions, having a significant installed base of both trailers and containers. The company’s total installed base reached 940,000 units at the end of 2022. The second largest player SkyBitz had an installed base of about 725,000  tracking units, primarily on trailers, at the end of 2022. 

Additional leading providers of trailer telematics solutions are Spireon (now owned by Solera), Samsara, CalAmp, Motive, Idem Telematics, Powerfleet, Phillips Connect (the telematics division of Phillips Industries), Schmitz Cargobull, TGI, Transics (ZF), BlackBerry, TGI, EROAD, Krone and Cooltrax.

The analyst estimates that shipments of tracking devices with cellular or satellite communications capabilities for cargo carrying units reached 2.9 million units worldwide in 2022. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.7 percent, shipments are expected to reach 5.4 million units in 2027. During the same period, the installed base of tracking devices is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 18.2 percent, from 8.8 million units at the end of 2022 to 20.3 million units by 2027. Trailer tracking is the largest market segment, estimated to account for 51.5 percent of the total installed base of tracking devices in 2022. Intermodal container tracking is the second largest segments in terms of the number of installed units. The installed base of tracking devices on rail freight wagons, air freight ULDs and pallets is substantially smaller. The number of active tracking devices and real-time data loggers in use for general cargo applications reached 2.0 million units at the end of 2022. The market segment is set for rapid growth in the coming next few years as prices are expected to decrease and smart labels and other devices with a very small footprint are being introduced. The number of active devices in use is forecasted to reach 6.6 million units at the end of 2027. Yearly device shipments in this category will grow from 7.4 million units in 2022 to reach 28.2 million units in 2027. Total revenues for tracking solutions for cargo carrying units and cargo reached € 1.8 billion in 2022. Growing at a CAGR of 13.1 percent, the total market value is forecasted to reach € 3.4 billion in 2027.

The container tracking market is led by Maersk, which has equipped its entire fleet of 380,000 reefer containers with tracking devices. Other major players in the segment are ORBCOMM, Envotech, ZillionSource, Globe Tracker, Traxens and MECOMO. Globe Tracker has grown rapidly in the past year and has now reached an installed base of over 150,000 container tracking units. The company has a major project with the liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd to equip its entire reefer container fleet with tracking units. Major telematics players in the rail industry are Nexxiot, Amsted Rail, DOT Telematik, Siemens, SAVVY Telematic Systems, Cognid Telematik, Cargomon Systems and Intermodal Telematics. Nexxiot is the leading player in the segment, working on large-scale projects in Europe. Sensitech (part of Carrier), DeltaTrak, Tive, Roambee, Controlant, Frigga (Dewav Electronic Technology), Copeland and OnAsset Intelligence are the leading providers of cargo tracking devices. These players offer tracking devices that can be used on all modes of transport, including air freight.

About 30 million intermodal containers, 15 million trailers, 5 million rail freight wagons and one million air freight ULDs are in use worldwide today. The penetration rate of tracking devices installed on these cargo carrying units amounts to only about 16 percent, indicating that there is still much room for growth. The analyst anticipates that the ongoing trend in the transport industry to invest in new digital solutions that increase visibility and security in the supply chain will continue and even accelerate in the coming next few years. The recent disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the pandemic have accentuated the need for real-time shipment data. Bolstered by new IoT communications technologies, solution providers are now able to design cost-effective tracking solutions that meet the needs of fleet and asset owners, transport companies, shippers and other stakeholders in the transport industry.

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 116 cargo container tracking solution providers.
  • Detailed forecasts by market vertical lasting until 2027.

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 recent merger and acquisition activities on this market?
  • What impact will technology advancements have on the market?
  • What are the key drivers behind the adoption of cargo tracking devices?
  • How will the cargo telematics industry evolve?
  • What are the future trends on this market?

Who should read 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.


Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1 Global Freight Transport Overview
1.1 International merchandise trade
1.1.1 Freight transportation modes
1.1.2 Logistics units and containerisation
1.1.3 Transport industry actors
1.2 Cargo carrying units
1.2.1 Intermodal shipping containers
1.2.2 Trailers and semi-trailers
1.2.3 Rail freight wagons
1.2.4 Air freight unit load devices

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 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 42
2.4.9 Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
2.5 Business models

3 Market Forecasts and Trends
3.1 Market analysis
3.1.1 Installed base and unit shipments
3.1.2 Regional markets
3.1.3 Market value
3.1.4 Vendor market shares
3.2 Value chain analysis
3.2.1 Telematics industry players
3.2.2 Cargo transport industry players
3.2.3 Trailer and cargo container OEMs and OEs
3.2.4 Telecom industry players
3.2.5 IT industry players
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
3.4.1 Trailer OEMs incorporate telematics as standard
3.4.2 TPMS regulation in the EU is expected to drive adoption of trailer telematics
3.4.3 Advanced tracking solutions increase the value for logistics providers
3.4.4 OE trailer suppliers enable smart trailer solutions
3.4.5 Smart labels may revolutionise parcel tracking
3.4.6 Solutions for refrigerated cargo lead the tracking market
3.4.7 2G/3G sunset creates opportunities for tracking solution providers
3.4.8 Rail freight wagon tracking - a potential high growth market
3.4.9 Big shift in the intermodal container tracking industry
3.4.10 Pallet tracking becomes economically feasible as new technologies emerge

4 OEM Products and Strategies
4.1 Carrier
4.2 China International Marine Containers (CIMC)
4.3 Daikin Industries
4.4 Envirotainer
4.5 Great Dane
4.6 Hyundai Translead
4.7 Krone
4.8 Kögel
4.9 Maersk Container Industry (MCI)
4.10 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
4.11 Schmitz Cargobull
4.12 Schwarzmüller Group
4.13 Thermo King (Trane Technologies)
4.14 Trinity Industries
4.15 Utility Trailer Manufacturing
4.16 Wabash National
4.17 Wielton Group

5 Vendor Profiles and Strategies
5.1 European solution providers
5.1.1 AddSecure Smart Transport
5.1.2 Agheera
5.1.3 Astrata Europe
5.1.4 Axscend (SAF-Holland)
5.1.5 Bornemann
5.1.6 Bosch
5.1.7 CargoGuard
5.1.8 Cargomon Systems
5.1.9 CLS Group
5.1.10 Cognid Telematik
5.1.11 Controlant
5.1.12 DOT Telematik
5.1.13 Fly4u (Groupe ZeKat)
5.1.14 Globe Tracker
5.1.15 Grandcentrix (Vodafone)
5.1.16 Hanhaa
5.1.17 Hive-Zox
5.1.18 Idem Telematics (BPW)
5.1.19 Intermodal Telematics
5.1.20 Kirsen Global Security
5.1.21 KPN
5.1.22 Maersk
5.1.23 MECOMO (Giesecke+Devrient)
5.1.24 Net Feasa
5.1.25 Nexxiot
5.1.26 Ovinto
5.1.27 SAVVY Telematic Systems
5.1.28 SecureSystem
5.1.29 Sensolus
5.1.30 Siemens
5.1.31 Spectos
5.1.32 Sycada
5.1.33 T Comm Telematics
5.1.34 Transics (ZF)
5.1.35 Traxens
5.1.36 Trusted
5.1.37 Ubidata
5.1.38 Zenatek
5.2 North American solution providers
5.2.1 7PSolutions
5.2.2 Amsted Rail (Amsted Industries)
5.2.3 AT&T
5.2.4 Ayantra
5.2.5 BeWhere
5.2.6 BlackBerry
5.2.7 CalAmp
5.2.8 Clarience Technologies
5.2.9 Copeland
5.2.10 DeltaTrak
5.2.11 Digi International
5.2.12 Digital Communications Technologies
5.2.13 Drov Technologies
5.2.14 Fleet Complete
5.2.15 Geoforce
5.2.16 Globalstar
5.2.17 GPX Intelligence
5.2.18 Honeywell
5.2.19 Intelyt
5.2.20 Lat-Lon (Geotab)
5.2.21 Motive
5.2.22 OnAsset Intelligence
5.2.23 ORBCOMM
5.2.24 Pallet Alliance
5.2.25 Phillips Industries
5.2.26 Powerfleet
5.2.27 Roambee
5.2.28 RM2
5.2.29 RSAE Labs
5.2.30 Samsara
5.2.31 Sendum Wireless
5.2.32 Sensata
5.2.33 Sensitech (Carrier)
5.2.34 Sierra Wireless (Semtech)
5.2.35 SkyBitz (AMETEK)
5.2.36 Spireon (Solera)
5.2.37 SpotSee
5.2.38 Teletrac Navman
5.2.39 TGI
5.2.40 Tive
5.2.41 Wireless Links
5.3 Rest of World solution providers
5.3.1 Adapt Ideations
5.3.2 AJ Networks
5.3.3 ArrowSpot
5.3.4 Brambles
5.3.5 Contguard
5.3.6 Cooltrax
5.3.7 Envotech
5.3.8 EROAD
5.3.9 Frigga (Shanghai Dewav Electronic Technology)
5.3.10 Joint Technology
5.3.11 Loginno Logistic Innovation
5.3.12 MiX Telematics
5.3.13 Queclink Wireless Solutions
5.3.14 Satlock
5.3.15 Sony
5.3.16 Swinnus
5.3.17 T42 IoT Tracking Solutions
5.3.18 TPL Trakker
5.3.19 Tracertrak (Pivotel)
5.3.20 ZillionSource Technologies

List of Figures
Figure 1.1: Index for GDP and international merchandise trade (World 1991-2021)
Figure 1.2: Merchandise trade by region (World 2021)
Figure 1.3: External trade by mode of transport (EU-27 2020)
Figure 1.4: Container port throughput (World 2005-2021)
Figure 1.5: The transport chain
Figure 1.6: Top 10 container ports (World 2021)
Figure 1.7: Top 10 air cargo ports (World 2022)
Figure 1.8: Top 10 container shipping companies (World Q2-2023)
Figure 1.9: Top 10 air cargo airlines (World 2021)
Figure 1.10: Air cargo growth rates by major market (World 2022)
Figure 1.11: Global fleet of cargo carrying units (2022)
Figure 1.12: Examples of intermodal container form factors
Figure 1.13: Intermodal container fleet size (World 2016-2022)
Figure 1.14: Intermodal container fleet by type (World 2022)
Figure 1.15: Examples of trailer form factors
Figure 1.16: Cargo trailer fleet by region (World 2022)
Figure 1.17: Top 10 trailer manufacturers (World 2022)
Figure 1.18: Examples of rail wagon form factors
Figure 1.19: Number of rail freight wagons per region (World 2022)
Figure 1.20: Examples of ULD form factors
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 Q4-2022)
Figure 2.5: Satellite network operators by IoT subscriber base (World Q4-2022)
Figure 2.6: Examples of supply chain programs and initiatives (World 2023)
Figure 2.7: Container 42
Figure 3.1: Cargo carrying unit tracking device shipments (World 2022-2027)
Figure 3.2: Cargo tracking device shipments (World 2022-2027)
Figure 3.3: Trailer tracking devices by region (World 2022-2027)
Figure 3.4: Cargo and cargo container tracking market value (World 2022-2027)
Figure 3.5: Top-20 cargo carrying unit tracking vendors, by installed base (Q4-2022)
Figure 3.6: Top-20 trailer tracking vendors, by installed base (Q4-2022)
Figure 3.7: Top-20 container tracking vendors, by installed base (Q4-2022)
Figure 3.8: Top-10 rail freight wagon tracking vendors, by installed base (Q4-2022)
Figure 3.9: M&As in the trailer and cargo container tracking space (2015-2023)
Figure 3.10: Examples of cellular tracking devices approved for air shipments
Figure 3.11: Examples of telecom players offering cargo tracking solutions
Figure 4.1: OEMs and OE solution providers
Figure 4.2: The Exigo E1500 trailer refrigeration unit
Figure 4.3: FleetPulse trailer telematics solution
Figure 4.4: Sekstant gateway
Figure 4.5: Thermo King Precedent connected trailer refrigeration unit
Figure 5.1: European solution providers
Figure 5.2: Bosch Connect S2 Solar Gateway
Figure 5.3: TrackCube 6B Ex and TrackCube 6H4 rail freight wagons tracking devices
Figure 5.4: Controlant real-time logger
Figure 5.5: Asset Solar
Figure 5.6: Parcelive tracker and online portal
Figure 5.7: IMT’s connected solution for rail freight wagons
Figure 5.8: MECOMO’s mecSOLAR solar-powered tracking device
Figure 5.9: Nexxiot’s Globehopper Crossmodal tracking device and online portal
Figure 5.10: Sensolus’ end-to-end tracking solution
Figure 5.11: Overview of Siemens Controlguide CTmobile system
Figure 5.12: T Comm Telematics’ TCT450 telematics unit and wireless sensors
Figure 5.13: TX-TRAILERGUARD tracking device and TX-CONNECT software
Figure 5.14: Traxens-Box container tracking device
Figure 5.15: North American solution providers
Figure 5.16: The IQ Series gateway from Amsted Digital Solutions
Figure 5.17: BeSol tracking device
Figure 5.18: BlackBerry Radar H2 and A2
Figure 5.19: SmartSense by Digi
Figure 5.20: AirBoxOne and Vehicle Health Display from Drov Technologies
Figure 5.21: Globalstar’s Integrity 150 solar tracking device
Figure 5.22: Motive’s product range
Figure 5.23: The SENTRY 600 FlightSafe tracking device and Sentinel sensor tag
Figure 5.24: CT 1000 container tracking device
Figure 5.25: ORBCOMM’s installed base of trailer and container tracking units (Q4-2022) .
Figure 5.26: Phillips Connect Smart7 telematics device
Figure 5.27: Powerfleet’s LV-500 solar tracker
Figure 5.28: RM2 BLOCKPal connected pallet
Figure 5.29: Sendum’s PT300 package tracker
Figure 5.30: Sensata Insights’ product offering
Figure 5.31: TempTale Geo Ultra real-time data logger
Figure 5.32: SkyBitz SmartTrailer solution
Figure 5.33: The Spireon FL Flex 2 and FL Flex 2+modular trailer tracking devices
Figure 5.34: SpotBot Cellular tracking device
Figure 5.35: Tive Solo 5G tracking device
Figure 5.36: Rest of World solution providers
Figure 5.37: AJ Networks’ Asset Tracking System
Figure 5.38: ArrowTrack SAT tracking device
Figure 5.39: Envotech’s RadioSecure SLM
Figure 5.40: Frigga real-time data loggers
Figure 5.41: Sony Visilion tracker and online application
Figure 5.42: Swinnus’ container tracking devices



Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • 7PSolutions
  • Adapt Ideations
  • AddSecure Smart Transport
  • Agheera
  • AJ Networks
  • Amsted Rail (Amsted Industries)
  • ArrowSpot
  • Astrata Europe
  • AT&T
  • Axscend (SAF-Holland)
  • Ayantra
  • BeWhere
  • BlackBerry
  • Bornemann
  • Bosch
  • Brambles
  • CalAmp
  • CargoGuard
  • Cargomon Systems
  • Carrier
  • China International Marine Containers (CIMC)
  • Clarience Technologies
  • CLS Group
  • Cognid Telematik
  • Contguard
  • Controlant
  • Cooltrax
  • Copeland
  • Daikin Industries
  • DeltaTrak
  • Digi International
  • Digital Communications Technologies
  • DOT Telematik
  • Drōv Technologies
  • Envirotainer
  • Envotech
  • Fleet Complete
  • Fly4u (Groupe ZeKat)
  • Frigga (Shanghai Dewav Electronic Technology)
  • Geoforce
  • Globalstar
  • Globe Tracker
  • GPX Intelligence
  • Grandcentrix (Vodafone)
  • Great Dane
  • Hanhaa
  • Hive-Zox
  • Honeywell
  • Hyundai Translead
  • Idem Telematics (BPW)
  • Intelyt
  • Intermodal Telematics
  • Joint Technology
  • Kirsen Global Security
  • KPN
  • Krone
  • Kögel
  • Lat-Lon (Geotab)
  • Loginno Logistic Innovation
  • Maersk
  • Maersk Container Industry (MCI)
  • MECOMO (Giesecke+Devrient)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • MiX Telematics
  • Motive
  • Net Feasa
  • Nexxiot
  • OnAsset Intelligence
  • Ovinto
  • Pallet Alliance
  • Phillips Connect (telematics division of Phillips Industries)
  • Phillips Industries
  • Powerfleet
  • Queclink Wireless Solutions
  • RM2
  • Roambee
  • RSAE Labs
  • Samsara
  • Satlock
  • SAVVY Telematic Systems
  • Schmitz Cargobull
  • Schwarzmüller Group
  • SecureSystem
  • Sendum Wireless
  • Sensata
  • Sensitech (Carrier)
  • Sensolus
  • Siemens
  • Sierra Wireless (Semtech)
  • SkyBitz (AMETEK)
  • Sony
  • Spectos
  • Spireon (Solera)
  • SpotSee
  • Swinnus
  • Sycada
  • T Comm Telematics
  • T42 IoT Tracking Solutions
  • Teletrac Navman
  • TGI
  • Thermo King (Trane Technologies)
  • Tive
  • TPL Trakker
  • Tracertrak (Pivotel)
  • Transics (ZF)
  • Traxens
  • Trinity Industries
  • Trusted
  • Ubidata
  • Utility Trailer Manufacturing
  • Wabash National
  • Wielton Group
  • Wireless Links
  • Zenatek
  • ZillionSource Technologies















































































































































































































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