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Here we write about our latest updates and share our knowledge by publishing insightful articles on how to use fleet management telematics solutions to take your business to a new level!

How to view Thermo King device data in the Mapon platform?

How to view Thermo King device data in the Mapon platform?

Integrations allow you to view all the data about your fleet in one platform which makes managing your drivers and vehicles easier. That’s why we continuously work on creating new integrations between Mapon and the most popular digital logistics solutions and telematics devices.
How can a partnership help grow your GPS tracking business?

How can a partnership help grow your GPS tracking business?

According to ABI, global fleet telematics subscriptions are expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 19% from 2019 to 2024. As demand and competition intensifies, it’s increasingly important for any GPS tracking business out there to grow in what they have to offer. One of the ways is to form lasting partnerships with other fleet management solution providers that will bring you the expertise, support and help boost your business. How to find the right fit for your GPS tracking business? Stay with us to find out.
Tracksys: With Mapon, we can offer clients multiple solutions in one place

Tracksys: With Mapon, we can offer clients multiple solutions in one place

At the beginning of this year, we reached an important milestone of having 100 000 tracking devices connected to the Mapon platform. Our partner Tracksys from Norway was the one who connected the 100 000th device, so we decided to invite the company CTO Frank Strand to a conversation about his experience in the telematics business, the importance of building partnerships and the changes the pandemic has brought to the market.

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Handling vaccine distribution with the help of fleet management systems

Handling vaccine distribution with the help of fleet management systems

Vaccination for COVID-19 is a large project that requires a solid strategy and use of technology to be successful. Currently, a lot of countries are struggling with executing their vaccination plans, especially bottlenecks in the process of vaccine delivery. When the first vaccines were registered, many people were surprised by the fact that they must be delivered at certain temperatures – they didn’t know that logistics companies have been delivering temperature-sensitive cargos for decades and already had all the necessary tools and technology in place to do the job right away. So what is the problem with deliveries then? We’ll look at some of the challenges and delivery process aspects in this blog post.
Mapon Latvia Receives ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certificate

Mapon Latvia Receives ISO 27001 Information Security Management Certificate

Providing accurate and clear fleet data to our clients is our main objective. However, making sure that it’s done securely is just as important. That’s why we’ve always taken information protection very seriously and have continuously implemented different security measures.
Mapon broadens tracking solution offer with devices that operate in the Sigfox network

Mapon broadens tracking solution offer with devices that operate in the Sigfox network

Mapon platform includes a wide range of fleet management solutions – from software to telematics devices. Now, we broaden our tracking solution offer by starting a cooperation with the world’s leading service provider for the Internet of Things (IoT) Sigfox that grants secure and sustainable asset tracking.
Mapon connects 100 000th tracking device to its fleet management and asset tracking platform

Mapon connects 100 000th tracking device to its fleet management and asset tracking platform

In 2017 we set a very ambitious goal for us at the time – to connect 100 000 telematics devices on the Mapon platform by the end of 2020. Back then, Mapon was still mostly a local company with around 40 thousand connected devices since 2006. 
JYSK: Mapon route planning solution helps us to effectively manage in-house delivery

JYSK: Mapon route planning solution helps us to effectively manage in-house delivery

Route planning and optimisation is a solution used by many businesses worldwide. In 2020, COVID-19 pandemic brought major changes in the retail and e-commerce landscape that caused even greater demand for this solution – businesses needed it to ensure high transportation and delivery service efficiency and maintain good customer satisfaction levels. Now, the latest research by Global Newswire says that the route planning software market is expected to have a 10.9% compound annual growth rate until 2025.  Meanwhile, some of our clients have already tried the solution and discovered the benefits it brings to the business. Read on and find out how Scandinavian household goods retailer JYSK has used route planning to manage their online store deliveries to clients in Riga, Vilnius and Minsk.
How will the telematics market in Latin America change in 2021?

How will the telematics market in Latin America change in 2021?

The Latin American market is fast-moving and has very short decision cycles. It’s pretty far away from our home market in Northern Europe but got closer to us once we started off our branch in Barcelona, Spain. It got even closer once we shifted our strategy from working mainly with end customers to partners in Spain and started approaching potential partners in other Spanish-speaking countries as well. Being in the telematics business for a while now, we see that it’s worth compiling some trends that we expect to be most important during 2021. Oversaturation in the market Globally the consolidation of the telematics market is happening for quite some time, however, there haven’t been that many large acquisitions in the Latin American market so far due to the fact that the markets are fragmented and there are a lot of small players operating on either simple custom-built platforms or some well-known global player platforms. The oversaturation, in this case, comes from the fact that there are lots of players using either identical or very similar product portfolios and can only differ in terms of price. As soon as the competition is based only on price, no one in the market has any advantages and are basically just eating each other up. We see that this is not something that could be changed in a year or two and it provides decent opportunities for the advanced telematics platforms and players that are not yet present in this market. At times approaching the potential partners in Latin America, we’ve seen a decent interest in the Mapon platform as the partners see an opportunity to have an advanced telematics platform that is not already in the portfolio of lots of other players in the market. Alliances Despite the market being fragmented and oversaturated, the players still manage to form alliances and join forces in specific sectors when looking to combine buying power. We see that as a very smart move and this trend is more important than ever with hardware manufacturers trying to raise prices due to component shortages and Covid-19 related logistics issues. Fuel control We see decent momentum for fuel tracking solutions in Latin American markets. There are several factors involved, the most important being the security situation. There’s lots of fuel theft happening as the rewards for the thieves are rather high. Given the low median income levels compared with Northern Europe, fuel theft is an attractive potential additional income stream either for drivers or thieves. Apart from that, we also see a decent interest from fuel sensor manufacturers to move into Latin American markets, so we take for granted that quality hardware solutions will be available. Mapon has extensive experience in fuel control solutions in Northern and Eastern Europe and we’re ready to bring this knowledge across the ocean. Our experience shows that installing fuel sensors can easily reduce the amount of fuel consumption by 15-20% due to eliminating fuel theft. In extreme cases, the savings can go up to even 50%. One of the main issues we see in Latin American markets is the lack of knowledge and equipment for proper fuel sensor calibration after the installation in order to guarantee a high quality of data. Hopefully, in 2021 we can introduce our best practices for sensor installation and calibration. Connectivity – 2G / 4G / Sigfox Depending on the use case, potential installation region and the duration of the expected unit lifetime, 2021 could be the year when telematics providers should start thinking about migrating to 4G units.  If we look at specific countries, Mexico has already switched off the 2G network, while other countries are holding back their plans on suspending the 2G network due to the large number of subscribers on it. Keeping in mind the fact that telematics devices are installed for several years of operation, the next potential migrations to more advanced networks in 2025 doesn’t seem to be that far away. Returning to the security topic, it’s no secret that 2G / 3G networks can be rather easily jammed, while radio networks like Sigfox are nearly impossible to jam. Looking at the Sigfox coverage map of Mexico and other Latin American countries, we also see momentum for using Sigfox as the connectivity of choice for specific use cases. 2020 sure was a turbulent year for the whole global economy and uncertain times may still lay ahead in 2021. Of course, it makes predicting the future even more difficult. However, we’ve seen that the telematics sector has stayed rather stable. That’s why we’re sure that the new year will bring us new opportunities, partnerships and technology. It’ll be interesting to look back and see whether our predictions became true and how 2021 will have changed the telematics market in Latin America.