The vehicle location and fleet tracking market helped birth the growing M2M industry as fleet route optimization and the ability to track valuable cargo drove widespread adoption.
Today it remains one of the most mature M2M segments, with widespread penetration in long haul trucking and auto rental fleets. With innovative and customizable solutions being delivered and supported by applications providers, this market continues to expand, based on cost-effective, widespread coverage, and ubiquitous cellular network access.
As applications advance from the simple ‘where are we?’ services, to more integrated applications supporting logistics services, there is a growing need for elastic and cost-effective capacity in the network. For example, health regulations are driving constant monitoring of chilled foods in transit, while border security initiatives are allowing drivers to ‘call ahead’ – sending updated manifests to border agents to speed cross border transit times. These applications can only be implemented cost efficiently using today’s cellular services.