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Subject: tracking systems
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Asked by: mm2006-ga
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Posted: 11 Nov 2006 22:32 PST
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Question ID: 782009
I would like information on the tracking industry both in US and
internationally.I am particularly interested in tracking rather than
navigation systems and would like information on the developing market
and industry history, market leaders, manufacturers, costs etc. Any
additional information would be appreciated.

Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 12 Nov 2006 17:33 PST
Hello mm2006,

Could you clarify a bit more specifically what exactly you mean by the
tracking industry?  My take on it is that you mean tracking as in
businesses tracking both their packages and their workers to ensure
accuracy.  Parents track children, and children track their elderly
parents or patients with Alzheimer's.

Let me know if I'm on the right track here.


Clarification of Question by mm2006-ga on 13 Nov 2006 19:03 PST
Yes, you are correct,but more emphasis on tracking car fleets and
trucks and people. Also comopanies who sell tracking systems or who
track on one's behalf.

I hope this helps
Subject: Re: tracking systems
Answered By: umiat-ga on 03 Dec 2006 17:03 PST
Hello, mm2006-ga! 
 I have compiled some up-to-date information for you pertaining to
tracking systems as they pertain to fleet management.


A brief overview from Wikipedia:

Practical applications of vehicle telematics

"When used in a commercial environment vehicle telematics can
potentially be a powerful and valuable tool to improve the efficiency
of an organisation. Some practical applications of vehicle telematics

Vehicle tracking

"Vehicle tracking is a way of monitoring the location, movements,
status and behaviour of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. This is
achieved through a combination of a GPS(GNSS) receiver and an
electronic device (usually comprising a GSM/GPRS modem) installed in
each vehicle, communicating with the user (dispatching, emergency or
co-ordinating unit) and PC- or web-based software. The data are turned
into information by management reporting tools in conjunction with a
visual display on computerised mapping software. Advanced vehicle
localisation system for public transport may employ odometry instead

Trailer tracking

"Trailer tracking is the technology of tracking the movements and
position of an articulated vehicle's trailer unit, through the use of
a location unit fitted to the trailer and a method of returning the
position data via mobile communication network or geostationary
satellite communications, for use though either PC- or Web-based

Satellite navigation

"Satellite navigation in the context of vehicle telematics is the
technology of using a GPS and electronic mapping tool to enable the
driver of a vehicle to locate a position, then route plan and navigate
a journey."

Mobile data

"Mobile data is use of wireless data communications using radio waves
to send and receive real time computer data to, from and between
devices used by field based personnel. These devices can be fitted
solely for use while in the vehicle (Fixed Data Terminal) or for use
in and out of the vehicle (Mobile Data Terminal)"



"The GPS market for Fleet Management Worldwide is approximately US $ 4
Billion in the year 2005 and it is expected to grow at 3.4 % by the
year 2010."

See abstract for GPS: Fleet Management Market (2006-2009)


"In the, nearly 1.9 million GPS/wireless devices are used to
monitor fleet vehicles, trailers, construction equipment and mobile
workers.These GPS-based Mobile Resource Management (MRM) applications
currently account for nearly $1 billion in annual revenue for wireless
network operators and suppliers of MRM applications and equipment. By
2009, the number of MRM units in service is expected to grow to 5.8
million, while annual revenues increase to nearly $2 billion."

"As shown in the chart below, the largest MRM market segments in the are the local and long haul fleet Automatic Vehicle Location
(AVL) markets, which use installed GPS/wireless devices to track the
location of fleet vehicles.While the number of U.S.fleet vehicles
equipped with AVL systems has grown to over 1.3 million, total market
penetration remains under 10%."

Read more.....

"U.S. Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Shows Strong Growth in
Subscribers and Revenues," by Clement Driscoll. January 03, 2006


"After many years of unfulfilled expectations, the European market for
fleet management solutions is finally coming to life. Active marketing
of mature solutions by the likes of TomTom WORK, Masternaut and
Transics resulted in a healthy annual growth rate of 37 percent for
unit shipments in 2006. Easy-to-use, low cost aftermarket solutions
appeal to the small-fleet LCV mass market that account for an
overwhelming share of the total addressable market. At the same time
the truck OEMs are positioning themselves to introduce mobile data
connectivity and satellite tracking as a standard feature on high-end

From Report description - "Fleet Management and Wireless M2M."

 See a more detailed summary of the report here:


"Applications like vehicle tracking are seen as a huge potential with
government willing to invest in such applications, the recent example
being municipalities of Hyderabad and Vijaywada. Also with versatile
applications like RF-based vehicle tracking getting attention (as
recently a pilot project was launched based on the New Delhi- Jaipur
highway, with real time data on the fleet of vehicles which can also
be accessed by clients on the Internet), new avenues for companies are
opening up. Not only vehicle tracking, last year the municipality of
Bangalore launched a GIS-based property assessment, which was the
first of its kind."

Read "A Synopsis of the Indian GIS Industry," By Ganapathy
Venkatachalam. Mar 13, 2006.


"An innovative vehicle tracking device, created for the Singapore
Civil Defense Force (SCDF) by Astrata Group Incorporated will play a
prominent role in Singapore's expanded homeland security program, the
government revealed here today. The device will allow the SCDF to
track and control the movement of vehicles carrying hazardous
materials ("hazmat") and prevent them from being used as terror
weapons.The "Hazmat Transport Vehicle Tracking System" was
demonstrated by the SCDF at the Fire and Emergency Services Asia 2005
convention, which Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State for Law and
Home Affairs, officially opened here yesterday at the Suntec
Convention Centre."

Read "Astrata Geo-Location Tracking Technology Accorded Prominent Role
in Singapore's Expanded Homeland Security Program." February 24, 2005

General Industry Information

"In an effort to rein in expenses, a growing number of trucking
companies is investing in so-called telematics, a combination of
computing, wireless data, and global positioning system (GPS)
technology. The U.S. market for commercial vehicle telematics was $942
million in 2005, and is expected to rise to $2.13 billion by the end
of 2010, growing annually at almost 20%, according to consulting firm
Global Industry Analysts. The idea behind telematics is to help fleet
operators run their businesses more efficiently.

"In the U.S., there are more than 20 million fleet vehicles, including
service and delivery fleets, according to C.J. Driscoll & Associates,
a consulting firm that specializes in GPS and wireless technologies.
Of those, an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million have GPS tracking
systems installed. Qualcomm (QCOM) is the leading provider of
commercial vehicle telematics in long-haul trucking, while @Road is
the largest supplier of mobile resource management software to local
fleets, Driscoll says."

"Last year, Dow Chemical (DOW) decided to integrate radio frequency
identification (RFID) and GPS tracking technology on trucks and rail
cars. "If we look at hazardous-material shipments, one of the things
we want to do is to get into closer proximity of where that shipment
is," says Dave Kepler, chief information officer of Dow Chemical. The
company is working on a trial right now of RFID "smart boxes" that
contain sensors for light, humidity, temperature, and shock. Those
sensors could help Dow identify whether shipments were tampered with
or dropped. With truck shipments, Dow is looking at RFID and GPS not
only for security, but to help monitor the performance of the drivers
as well."

Read "Tracking Trucks the Telematics Way," by Rachael King. Business Week. 2006 


"A surge in orders for electronic trailer tracking and monitoring
systems has helped stimulate growth in the commercial telematics
market, according to findings in the latest edition of ABI Research's
Commercial Telematics Service.

"Some of the contributing growth factors for this sector include the
migration to digital hardware, and the ability of many vendors to
address new trailer segments such as reefers and flatbed trailers,"
says Frank Viquez, ABI Research's director of automotive research.
Viquez adds that SkyBitz, a recent entrant to the market, has been
able to more than double its market share compared to this period last
year, while seasoned vendors such as QUALCOMM have been able to recoup
market share lost when they temporarily bowed out of the trailer
tracking market.

"However this has not been the only growth segment, and the
considerable industry movement over the last quarter will set the pace
for future growth. For example, the launch of OnStar's Business
Vehicle Manager and Vehicle Diagnostics services in North America is
expected to have a significant impact over the coming months. In
Europe, navigation vendor TomTom NV agreed to acquire German fleet
telematics vendor Datafactory AG, which will allow TomTom to position
itself as a full turnkey telematics service provider."

From "Growth in Electronic Trailer Tracking Brings Windfall to Fleet
Telematics Industry, says ABI Research." Business Wire,  Sept 27, 2005


Trailer Tracking Markets

"In the past year the trailer tracking industry has enjoyed a market
boom. This study details current and emerging global trends that
promise to drive new market opportunities. It examines how trailer
tracking is being adopted by the telematics industry, and how it will
merge with other technologies. The significance and impact of evolving
market demands are also explored. The research identifies critical
business issues, technological developments, and major players in this
worldwide market. The report contains dozens of charts and tables
quantifying major world markets to 2011, and concludes with an
extensive global vendor profiles section."

See "Trailer Tracking Markets." ABI Research


From an a recent ABI market study: 

"Fleet management takes many forms: it can apply to long-haul and
short-haul trailer tracking, intermodal trailer tracking, taxis,
rental vehicles, public transportation, school buses, and many more.
The technologies used to manage such fleets, which are detailed in a
new global market analysis study from ABI Research, vary widely as
well: from a few cell phones to large, sophisticated, integrated
commercial telematics systems. They may employ GPS, cellular or
satellite-based technologies.

"Telematics vendors examining prospective markets must understand the
particular user-requirements and market-barriers for these segments,"
says ABI Research analyst Steven Bae. "The applications may vary
greatly among these markets and solutions providers must understand
their own core competencies in order to realize where synergies with
specific market segments may be realized. In a complicated operational
environment, these choices can be difficult, and guidance can be hard
to find."

"This analysis not only reviews the current and future mix of
commercial telematics technologies, but also identifies the relevant
applications for them, and how vertical markets are building use-cases
for them within application and business process environments. For
example, systems employing cellular services are best suited for
domestic fleets, or those that need frequent communications, such as
short-haul trucking, for-hire, taxi, rental, and emergency service
fleets. In contrast, satellite communications can provide (at greater
hardware and subscription cost) global coverage and no roaming
charges, meeting the needs of long-haul and international fleets. But,
they fall short in the bandwidth needed for firmware upgrades. "It is
complexities such as these that successful market players must
navigate in today's competitive environment," notes Bae."

See "Fleet Management Systems: Global Commercial Telematics Markets
and Forecasts."


From Directions Magazine:

What are the current market forces in play in LBS?

* Fagerberg - "There is indeed a market for both consumer and business
related LBS in Europe. The latest trend in Europe is the market for
personal navigation services that is growing very rapidly. It started
with the popular TomTom and similar navigators and nowadays many
operators in Europe offer navigation services on the mobile. The
package offered to the subscribers then includes a GPS with Bluetooth
connection to the phone and the maps and points of interest (POI) is
downloaded dynamically via the mobile network. The most well-know
providers of these navigation services in Europe are Webraska,
Wayfinder and Appello. TeliaSonera in Sweden has for instance launched
the Telia Navigator with technology delivered by Appello."

* Doyle - "In the wireless market specifically, I would say that we
are in the middle of a four stages of growth: 1) Business (Fleet,
etc.); 2) Business and consumer (Utility, navigation, etc.); 3)
Consumer (Safety and Security; Family Finders, etc.); 4) Social
Networking (Dating, Buddy Finders, etc.). The relative revenues are
dependent upon the operators making the technology available to a
'mass' addressable audience which is happening now, but still has a
way to go. Once the addressable market is available, we will see a
proliferation of compelling consumer applications that delight users
and will generate significant revenues on the consumer side."

Read further for responses to:

* "What will drive consumer location services?

* "Have different barriers to wide spread adoption of LBS appeared than what 
   might have been perceived since the LBS shakeout of 2001?

* "What are these barriers now vs. in 2001?

* "What barriers must be overcome in order for consumers to demand wireless 
   location services? Will 2006 be the year of more mass market location 

* "Is price the main barrier to adoption for Mobile Resource Management 
   solutions, for example, by small to medium sized companies? Privacy?"

* "Applications are going nowhere until handsets are location-enabled. Has 
   Nextel or Vodaphone awakened the other carriers to realize the LBS potential 
   or is this still difficult for carriers to develop a business model?"

* "What is the current revenue model in commercial fleet applications?"

* "What benefits/detriments does Wi-Fi bring to the wireless LBS industry?

* "What platform(s) or middleware appear to have gained favor with software 
   developers for LBS applications? Java?

See "LBS 2006 - A Breakout Year?" By Joe Francica. (Feb 27, 2006)


For a lengthy list of vendors who sell tracking systems, see;

Appendix A - Company Directory


Descriptions of niche markets with some of the major players: 

 "The largest U.S.supplier of Mobile Resource Management Systems is
QUALCOMM, which provides tracking and wireless data communications
service for an estimated 417,500 mobile units. Nearly three-fourths of
QUALCOMM's MRM installed base is equipped with the company's OmniTRACS
fleet management system, which is widely used in the long haul
trucking industry. However, QUALCOMM is also a leading supplier of
trailer monitoring systems and systems for monitoring the location and
status and heavy equipment."

PeopleNet Communications
 "In the trucking sector, PeopleNet Communications is another major
MRM supplier that has grown significantly in recent years. Since early
2003, the company's installed base has more than doubled, from an
estimated 25,000 units to 55,000 units."

 "In the local fleet market, Teletrac has expanded its subscriber base
to more than 45,000 units, and is contributing 50% or more of parent
company TrafficMaster's revenues and profits.The company is reported
to be adding to its sales and marketing staff in hopes of further
increasing its market penetration."

 "With an installed base of more than 40,000 units, Xora is among the
largest suppliers of cell phone based tracking systems.As a Nextel
partner, Xora's application is sold and invoiced by Nextel, and has
contributed significantly to the company's growth."

SkyBitz  -  In the trailer monitoring sector, SkyBitz is one of the
fastest growing suppliers.The company's installed base has grown from
an estimated 5,000 units in early 2003 to more than 60,000 units

 "A European MRM supplier that has recently entered the
company has established offices in Boston, New York and Chicago, and
plans to open additional offices in the future."

From "U.S.Mobile Resource Management Systems Market Shows Strong
Growth in Subscribers and Revenues." January 03, 2006


"DDTI Internet Application Introduces Real-Time Fleet Tracking - Huron
County the First to Install." April 26, 2006

"AccuGlobe Mobile Command Center, a new application designed by
Digital Data Technologies, Inc. (DDTIŽ), allows public safety
officials to view the location of their fleet online, at any time from
any location............"


"Navtrak Announces Release of Street Suite 4.0." October 28, 2000


"Fleet Management and Tracking Becomes Easy and Affordable With New
Microsoft MapPoint Fleet Edition 2004 Licensing." March 22, 2005


"GPS Tracking Service Helps Charlotte Fleet Owners Take Control Of
Their Mobile Workforce." December 05, 2005

"We're experiencing tremendous growth in major markets, as fleet
owners realize that putting their drivers and mobile assets on the
road without being able to track those investments is simply
unacceptable" says Ron Hodges, founder and CEO of Navtrak."Navtrak has
developed the technology that enables the fleet owner to virtually
ride along with their entire fleet, right from their PC.As a business
owner with a fleet on the road myself, I know how important it is to
maximize the efficiency of my drivers."


You might want to follow the latest industry news on the following sites:

Fleet Tracking News

Telematics Wire


 I hope this information is helpful. 



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