The number of active tracking devices deployed in cargo loading units including trailers, swap bodies, intermodal containers, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 1.5 million worldwide in Q42013, according to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight.
Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3%, this number is expected to reach 4.1 million by 2018. The North American trailer telematics market accounts for 60% of the total installed base in this sector today.
The top providers in the North American trailer telematics market including Omnitracs, Skybitz, ID Systems, Orbcomm and Spireon together have an installed base of well over 600,000 active units today.
In Europe, Idem Telematics, Mecomo, Schmitz Cargobull and Novacom Europe are major trailer telematics solution providers with over 20,000 active units each.
Orbcomm, Envotech, Zenatech, PearTrack Systems, Honeywell and Savi Technology are major providers of intermodal container tracking solutions. OnAsset Intelligence and Moog are examples of actors which offer specialised solutions for real-time tracking of air freight cargo.
Technology advancements make it economically feasible to track ever smaller logistics units and in the future it will be commonplace to track not only trailers and shipping containers, but also individual pallets and cargo boxes.
“Logistics and transportation companies need to be ready to take advantage of the increasing amount of data generated by cargo tracking solutions in order to effectively improve productivity and customer service levels,” said Johan Svanberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight.
Regulations related to cargo transport have furthermore a significant impact on the market environment. Numerous countries worldwide have introduced regulations and programmes related to cargo security, tax collection and handling of special cargo such as food, dangerous goods and animals.
“Smart tracking solutions can help stakeholders to efficiently comply with this myriad of regulations and programmes,” noted Svanberg.