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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.

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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.
How will the European telematics market change in 2021?

How will the European telematics market change in 2021?

Writing a blog post about the telematics industry trends for 2021, after experiencing the wild ride that 2020 was, seems like a mission impossible because we’ve already seen that the whole world can turn completely upside down within a few week’s time. Suddenly, you have to adapt to a new reality, thus making any guesses on what the next year will bring makes you very cautious. Nevertheless, we’ll try our best to predict some of the trends.
Mapon shares insights and exhibits at the virtual Telematics Conference CEEurope 2020

Mapon shares insights and exhibits at the virtual Telematics Conference CEEurope 2020

On September 22 Mapon team participated in the first day of the Telematics CEEurope 2020 conference virtual event where our Co-CEO Ingus Rūķis was amongst the interactive session speakers. In our virtual booth, we also conducted Mapon platform demonstrations and held a lively discussion about the telematics industry trends with booth guests. 
How to effectively control fuel consumption within the fleet?

How to effectively control fuel consumption within the fleet?

Fuel control is one of the most important issues for any transport company, as fuel accounts for a large part of fleet maintenance expenses. Using high-quality software and hardware is essential in getting accurate fuel consumption data and being able to make informed fleet management decisions, thus we’ve written this post to explain what equipment can be used to track fuel consumption and why you should choose one or another. 
What integrations does Mapon offer?

What integrations does Mapon offer?

Automating fleet management processes saves resources and helps to avoid errors. One of the ways to achieve it is by using integrations. It allows you to cut down on manual data entry and switching between different systems to get the work done.
Why does the distance data from odometer and GPS data differ?

Why does the distance data from odometer and GPS data differ?

We often receive various questions about fleet data – how we gather and analyse them, and, most frequently, why is there a difference in the same data that is obtained from various sources. This article provides a broader explanation of how and why distance data vary depending on whether you get it from odometer or GPS.