LPWA Networks will Enable IoT Asset Tracking of More Than 500 Million Things by 2023

12 Sep 2018

LPWA networks are set to unleash the next wave of growth for asset tracking solutions, according to a new report from ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies.

Reaching 500 million tracked things by 2023, low-cost, battery-powered tracker devices that are integrated with connectivity, cloud storage, and software platforms will provide seamless visibility of assets to multiple stakeholders across a supply chain.  “Simple low-cost LPWA enabled asset tracking solutions will transform the supply chain and logistics industry the way smart meters are transforming the energy and water distribution industry,” said  Adarsh Krishnan, Principal Analyst at ABI Research.

Logistics companies have been early adopters of asset tracking solutions driven by life-sciences and healthcare customers due to strict regulations and to mitigate supply chain risks, especially in the transportation of sensitive and high-value biomedical assets. Intermodal refrigerators containers have already witnessed connectivity adoption, but with LPWA network technologies we are now witnessing connectivity adoption in dry containers which accounts for nearly 90% of total container fleet in the world.  Asset tracking solutions will have the most impact on tool and heavy equipment rental companies with over 45% penetration of rental inventory by 2023.

Device OEMs such as Calamp, Xirgo, and Roambee have been early to develop solutions using cellular LPWA network technologies. Non-cellular solutions using SIGFOX and LoRa technologies from Ticatag, Sensolous, Tracknet, and Viloc have also been making significant inroads through partnerships with system integrators and communication service providers. Non-cellular LPWA solutions may have been early to market, but cellular LPWA networks combined with horizontal platforms will drive much wider adoption and will account for three-quarters of the installed base of asset trackers in 2023. LTE-M will be more successful in IoT applications that require more continuous tracking capabilities with a low-latency threshold, whereas NB-IoT will address use cases that require periodic tracking of assets across multiple regions due to its energy efficiency and lower cost.

As the technology matures and the market witnesses wider adoption, more value in asset tracking services will be realized through the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. Krishnan added, “AI will provide valuable insights from analysis of the location data gathered by the asset tracker, and blockchain will allow for decentralized control and provide greater transparency across supply chain processes.”

These findings are from ABI Research’s Asset Tracking: Market Opportunities in the Era of LPWA report. This report is part of the company’s  M2M, IoT & IoE research service, which includes research, data, and Executive Foresights.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides strategic guidance for visionaries needing market foresight on the most compelling transformative technologies, which reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams. ABI’s own research visionaries take stances early on those technologies, publishing groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms. ABI analysts deliver their conclusions and recommendations in easily and quickly absorbed formats to ensure proper context. Our analysts strategically guide visionaries to take action now and inspire their business to realize a bigger picture. For more information about ABI Research’s forecasting, consulting and teardown services, visionaries can contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.


About ABI Research

ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology solution providers and end-market companies. We serve as the bridge that seamlessly connects these two segments by providing exclusive research and expert guidance to drive successful technology implementations and deliver strategies proven to attract and retain customers.

ABI Research 是一家全球性的技术情报公司,拥有得天独厚的优势,充当终端市场公司和技术解决方案提供商之间的桥梁,通过提供独家研究和专业性指导,推动成功的技术实施和提供经证明可吸引和留住客户的战略,无缝连接这两大主体。

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit www.abiresearch.com.

Contact ABI Research

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670

Related Service