Garmin Q4 2015 Revenue Drops 3%, Full year down 2%

In the last quarter of 2015 Garmin revenue dropped three percent ($781 million) the company disclosed yesterday in their call with financial analysts. For the full year the revenue was down two percent ($2,820 million).

Gross and operating margins were 52.9% (down from 53.6%) and 18.7% (down from 21.9%), respectively.

Pro forma earning per share was $0.74 (down 4%) for the fourth quarter 2015 and $2.49 for the full year (down 20 percent from $3.10).

Garmin ended the quarter with cash and marketable securities of about $2.4 billion.

“Despite the challenging global economic environment and the intensified competitive landscape of 2015, we finished strong with revenue and margins exceeding our expectations? said Cliff Pemble, CEO of Garmin.

“We are utilizing our robust balance sheet to further diversify our revenue base in adjacent categories with our recently announced acquisitions. We believe we have strong products across all of our business segments and are well positioned as we enter 2016.?

Auto Revenue Down 21% in the Quarter

The small annual revenue drop is entirely due to the sharp decline of the Garmin fishfinder market. Garmin automotive segment (personal Navigation Devices and B2B Automotive) posted a revenue decline of 21% in the fourth quarter. Gross and operating margins were 42% and 13%, respectively.

Revenues were down 15% for the full year and Gross margins and operating margins were 44% and 13% respectively.

Fitness Grows 14%

In comparison the fitness segment posted revenue growth of 14% ($228,7 million) in the quarter. This reflected “the strength of our wellness, running, and cycling product offerings,“ Garmin said.

Gross margin fell to 51% in the quarter, while operating margin declined to 18%. The gross margin decline was driven by holiday promotions and competitive dynamics in certain product categories, as well as product mix within the quarter.

Answering to an analyst question Cliff Pemble said: “we believe we are the market share leader in the GPS-enabled wearable device part of the market. We believe that our share is currently in the low-to-mid 40% range.“

“In 2016, we are targeting revenue growth of approximately 10% in the fitness segment,“ said the Chief Executive.


15% Annual Growth for Telematics Fleet Tracking in Europe

Swedish market research firm Berg insight published yesterday their annual report on fleet management systems in Europe, reporting that the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe is expected to reach 8.90 million by 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 percent, up from 4.40 million in the last quarter of 2014.

Market Led by TomTom

According to Berg Insight, “A group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as the leaders on the European fleet management market.“

TomTom Telematics has climbed to the number one spot in Europe ahead of Masternaut. The Dutch company has today about 450,000 vehicles under management in Europe and Masternaut is estimated to have an active installed base of 350,000 units, mainly in France and the UK.

Microlise, Digicore and Trimble have also joined the exclusive group of fleet management providers in Europe having more than 100,000 active devices in the field.

Transics is number one in the heavy trucks segment with an estimated 85,000 active units installed.

Standard line fitment in trucks

Berg Insight also noticed that truck manufacturers are fast growing their subscriber bases in Europe helped by standard line fitment of fleet management solutions. Dynafleet by Volvo, FleetBoard by Daimler and Scania Fleet Management are the most successful with active subscriber bases of 70,000 units, 72,000 units and 88,000 units respectively end of 2014.

High number of mergers and acquisitions

A significant number of acquisitions happened in 2015.

“Nine major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the past year among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europeâ€?, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight.

TomTom acquired Fleetlogic in the Netherlands in December 2014 adding another 27,000 subscribers to its installed base. Fleetmatics acquired Ornicar in February 2015 — a local FM solution provider in France adding around 15,000 vehicle subscriptions. In March 2015, a decision was made to merge the two Danaher Corporation owned companies Navman Wireless and Teletrac. Later in April, Orange Business Services acquired OCEAN that now operates as a subsidiary with the OCEAN brand name.


Call for Speaker Opened for ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility 2018

The fifth annual ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility conference has opened its call for speakers. The conference will be held in Brussels (Belgium) on February 7th and 8th 2018, gathering more than 200 attendees.

Experts are invited to propose 20 minutes presentations in the following categories:

The rise of car sensors & on-board supercomputing

The car is increasingly becoming a sensor on wheels with ultrasonic sensors, radar, imaging, LIDAR, … Making sense of data from this wealth of sensor in real-time requires super computers, another trend in the industry. What is the industry landscape for car sensors & supercomputing? Shall we expect some sensor technologies to take over the market or a multi-sensors aproach to become the rule?

Software Defined Car & Automotive Cloud

As the number of line of codes embedded in cars grows exponentially, how is the trend towards a “software defined car“ affecting the car architecture, the car industry and ultimately the driver? What shall we expect from software updates and how shall we cope with cyber threats?

Digitization of car retail & Retailing of connected cars and services

Selling connected services at the dealership requires new skills and marketing tools: are car brands successful and how are they making it happen?

The digitization of cars is as much a change as the digitization of the customer and purchasing experience. If the Internet is the ultimate platform to sell cars, shall we expect the end of dealerships? What are the tools and strategies for car dealers and repair shops to face this revolution?

The end of OBD?

Some car makers have announced the end of the OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) port, shutting down the data data when the vehicle moves. What does it mean for aftermarket solutions in the insurance, fleet management & other verticals? How fast is this going to happen? Is it legal? What is the plan B for OBD device & solution vendors?

Investment strategies and M&A in the connected car industry

The connected and driverless car industry markets have seen a lot of interest from corporate investors and venture capital funds and significant acquisitions took place recently. This session will provide visibility on theses M&A activities, review the various trends happening here and highlight the current hot topics for investment in the industry.

Connected, Autonomous Trucks & Logistics

From Fleet Management Systems to autonomous trucks & connected logistics, the truck industry is driving on the fast lane. What are the opportunities in connecting trucks to logistics data? Shall we expect truck drivers to disappear or their work & skills to be completely reinvented? Shall we expect trucks to drive mostly in large convoys (platooning) in the near future? The conference is opening up to this topic for the first time with the goal to provide an overview of a revolution that is just getting started.

Connected Rider

Motorbikes and their riders are getting connected through embeded systems, smartphone apps & connected accessories (helmets, GPS, wearables, etc.) for saferty, convenience or entertainment purposes. This session will explore these new innovations and the opportunities of the two-wheelers market.

What is the perfect vehicle for urban mobility?

New mobilities are changing the way people are moving in cities, with a clear trend towards multimodal usages and a multiplication of available vehicles : shared, motorized or not, electric, connected, on-demand, 2, 3 or 4 wheels, driverless…What are the characteristics of the perfect vehicle for urban mobility?

How cities/governments can adapt their regulations and infrastructure to accelerate new mobilities deployment and adoption ?

Implementation of new mobility services by operators very often require for them to have proper regulations (parking permits, city authorisations…), as well as potential specific infrastructure adaptation (reserved space, signs, access systems…).Through these actions, cities/governments can have a strong influence and impact on these projects.

Mobility-as-a-Service: when automakers and transportation companies are working together?

The Mobility-as-a-Service concept, instead of opposing the different transportation modes, combines them to propose the best of each to the users, according to their current needs or situation. As such, car sharing, car on-demand, or autonomous cars are potentially bringing new solutions to transport systems.

How smart mobility applies to urban logistics?

Besides ensuring a smarter way to transport people, smart mobility is also about solving the logistics issues related to dense and large cities. The growing number of vehicles ensuring urban goods distribution, including related to the fast growing e-commerce deliveries, implies increased congestion, air pollution and noise. More and more cities need to develop smart solutions to the last mile delivery of goods.

How Artificial Intelligence/Data Analytics can help better understand mobility needs and habits, and help improve mobility services?

Understanding mobility patterns and issues require the analysis of increasing amount of data, but above all, more and more complex and various types of data. Artificial Intelligence technologies can bring to cities and operators new capabilities to understand and predict what happens in their territory as well as people behaviours, and from there bring continuous improvement to mobility services.

How Parking is evolving in the era of Smart Mobility and Smart City?

Smart Mobility in the Smart City cannot exist without innovative parking solutions. Thanks to location based services, IoT technologies, real time information or shared services, new solutions to extend and facilitate parking possibilities are rapidly extending. This session will review the latest, most innovative solutions.

Will Car Ownership survive in Large Cities?

Alternatives to Individual Car Ownership are growing fast, bringing a large choice and economically attractive solutions to users. In that respect, it is interesting to measure and understand the motivations and choices of large cities inhabitants…

Apply for the call for speakers here:

Location Tracking Startup CROWDLOC Received Innovation Award at Geo IoT World

French-German location tracking startup CROWDLOC received the “IoT Solutions empowered by GNSS“ Award at the Geo IoT World conference in Brussels on June 8th, 2017.

The award was presented by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) to reward the innovation in CROWDLOC’s location tracking platform dedicated to consumer electronics and enterprises assets, using Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy).

“We are very honored to receive this award from a jury gathering distinguished professionals in the Location-Based Services and IoT markets,“ said Ludovic Privat, CEO of CROWDLOC. “This award is a testimonial of our hard work to bring affordable location tracking to a vast array of assets owned by enterprises and consumers.“

Created in 2016, CROWDLOC is a B2B, Software-as-a-Service provider, offering location tracking services of Bluetooth devices (consumer electrincis & Bluetooth beacons) to consumers and enterprises.

CROWDLOC technology is based on a low power mobile software development kit embedded in the apps of an alliance of Bluetooth devices manufacturers, app developers and wireless operators.

The company is launching its services in the summer 2017.

HERE & Pioneer Enter into Strategic Map Partnership

Digital map maker HERE and car electronics global vendor Pioneer Corporation have entered into a strategic partnership to enable global mapping solutions and next generation location-based services for the automotive and other industries.

The agreement follows the companies’ recent cooperation exploring the application of Pioneer’s 3D-LiDAR sensor technology in the development of a data ecosystem for autonomous driving.

“By linking their complementary mapping and automotive technologies and assets, HERE and Pioneer plan to enable fully integrated global SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) mapping solutions at a scale and quality-level unmatched in the industry,“ the companies said.

Several areas of partnership have been defined.

Global SD map offering

HERE and Pioneer’s mapping subsidiary Increment P Corporation (IPC) intend to utilize each other’s map data in existing and future products and services. HERE will utilize navigation-grade map data for Japan from IPC to support the needs of its global customers doing business in the country. Meanwhile, Pioneer will utilize HERE map data in products and services it provides to customers outside of Japan. The two companies are also evaluating potential mapping cooperation for certain geographies where both HERE and IPC offer maps.

Global HD map offering

HERE and IPC, both developers of high definition (HD) mapping for automated vehicles, intend to enable a globally-consistent HD map solution that supports the automotive and other industries’ needs across all global markets. HERE and IPC are also exploring the use of sensor data generated by Pioneer’s in-vehicle 3D-LiDAR sensor in a HD map solution for a variety of fields, including autonomous driving.

Use of data from aftermarket connected Pioneer devices

In addition to that HERE and Pioneer plan to harness sensor data generated by connected Pioneer aftermarket devices. The companies anticipate the first services developed with the data could come to market in 2018. The data may also be used to enrich solutions such as the real-time crowdsourced data services for drivers powered by the HERE Open Location Platform.

PSA Launching Car Sharing Aggregator with Free2Move App

PSA Group has launched the Free2Move app which provides access to car-sharing services from approximately twenty operators in five European countries.

The app is the first step in their strategy to become a leading provider of Mobility-as-a-service (Maas).

Grégoire Olivier, Head of PSA Group’s Mobility Services, stated: "The Free2Move application simplifies our customers’ mobility experience by offering them solution choices through an intuitive platform.

The Free2Move application provides centralised access to the services of several car-sharing operators (Car2Go, DriveNow, eMio, Coup, Multicity, etc.) via a single application which brings together several types of transport solutions (one-way, round trip, peer-to-peer providers of cars and scooters).

The smartphone application is available in several cities in Germany, Italy, Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It will soon be offered in France, Spain and the Netherlands. It is free and available on the App Store, Play Store and Windows Phone.

According to marker research from Frost & Sullivan, the number of users of car-sharing services worldwide should grow by a factor of 4.5 in 10 years with an increase from 8 to 36 million people between 2015 and 2025.

Indoor Location Technology in 2017

For years I’ve been writing sentences like "this will be the year that indoor location will explode into the market." I, and many others, have been expecting indoor location technology to enable the huge range of location-enabled apps, which currently work only outside where GPS signals are available, to work inside. But until now the promise of indoor location has remained a promise.

But if we look at the reasons for this, we’ll see that it is about to change. 2017 and 2018 are poised to be the years that the challenges keeping indoor location from going mainstream will be solved.

First is accuracy. Most indoor location technologies until a year or so ago had accuracy in the range of 4 to 8 meters. This sounds good in principle, and in fact is better than GPS in many cases. But GPS systems are able to use road details to hide their inaccuracies, so that the blue dot seems to follow your driving car almost perfectly. But indoors, this sort of inaccuracy means your phone thinking you’re on the wrong aisle of a supermarket or in front of the wrong counter at the food court. Bottom line, the user experience we all want requires more accuracy.

Second is setup and configuration. Most indoor location systems on the market in the past few years have been based on Bluetooth Low Energy, or BLE, BLE beacons are fairly cheap, and can be installed throughout a site, every 30-40 meters, to give better performance (or so is believed) than Wi-Fi based systems. But installing this many beacons, and mapping the site to measure the Bluetooth signals at each point in the site, takes a lot of time. This is especially true for big sites.

Third, all the indoor location technologies reaching market recently have come from small start-up companies. Are these companies able to deliver the solutions that the market will want, and maintain them at all the sites at which their technology is being deployed? Can the companies developing the core technology also handle the load of deploying it at sites worldwide, integrating it with existing site applications, and maintaining it?

A new report from Grizzly Analytics shows that all of these factors are now solved in a growing number of solutions reaching market. First, accuracies of 2-3 meters are becoming increasingly common in the market. (This was shown in the 2016 Indoor Location Testbed) Second, several new technologies have reduced considerably the setup and configuration time required, including SLAM, crowdsourcing, infrastructure-free positioning, and more. Third, ongoing M&A is bringing indoor location technologies into the hands of major companies, and the ecosystem is maturing into a form in which one set of companies is delivering technology and another set is deploying it in the market.

All of these factors indicate that 2017 will be the year that indoor location technologies can truly deliver what the market wants. The real explosion may take until 2018, but it is happening.

Grizzly Analytics will publish a Guide to Indoor Location at the Mobile World Congress 2017. It will include all the indoor location vendors, developers and providers at the conference. Learn more here.

About the author

Bruce Krulwich is the founder and Chief Analyst of Grizzly Analytics, a technology analysis and strategy company focused on technologies still in R&D. Bruce uses his background in technology research and innovation to analyze technologies for differentiation, application and implications.

Indoor location Panel discussion (Video) with Connexient, Schneider Electric, Unibail Rodamco, SNCF & Pole Star

Last November Pole Star held in Paris a corporate event where it invited their clients and partners. The event hosted a panel discussion featuring a large number of use cases: hospital, shopping mall, train station, corporate campus. Speakers were:

– Geoff Halstead, Chief Product Officer, Connexient

– Luc de Cremoux, Workplace Efficiency director, Schneider Electric

– Julien Marlot, Head of CX digital solutions, Unibail Rodamco

– Pauline Bongrain, Digital Experience at Customer Experience Department, SNCF :

– Jean-Baptiste Prost, COO, Pole Star

The panel discussion was moderated by Ludovic Privat, founder of GPS Business News.

Watch the videos below:

Pitch your Startup at ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility 2017

On February 1st and 2nd the 4th annual ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility event will take place in Brussels sponsored by TomTom, RideCell, Telenav, V-Traffic and Inov360.

The event will feature a pitch session opened to startups on the first evening of the conference where founders will present their business to key decision makers in the automotive and smart mobility industries.

Interested parties should contact Ludovic Privat at with a short slidedeck explaining what you do, who you are, and how your innovation will create value in the automotive and smart mobility industries.

NDrive Launches Built-in & Brought-in Nav for Automotive

Mobile navigation software vendor NDrive has launched at CES in Las Vegas a new navigation solution called Karta Automotive. The software can be used as a built-in or brought-in solution by car manufacturers.

As a solution built in the dashbaord it connects the car to NDrive’s mobile services via a smartphone. As a brought-in solution it allows the in-vehicle display to interact with the NDrive mobile app via a number of possibilities: Bluetooth, MirrorLink, USB, Wi-Fi, Bosch mySpin and Ford Sync.

“Karta Automotive engine allows to develop, customize and change solutions quickly, helping partners provide advanced navigation solutions for infotainment systems,“ explained NDrive.

The company created a dedicated subsidiary, Karta Software Technologies, to support its automotive customers.

4 Weeks to Go until ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility Conference

ConnecteDriver & Smart Mobility will start in 4 weeks in Brussels on February 1st & 2nd 2017.

Taking place for the fourth year, the event will gather 50 expert speakers and 180 decision makers in a comprehensive one and half day of presentation, panel discussion and networking sessions.

Among the speakers and participants, attendees will learn and network with:

– Leading car makers: BMW, Daimler, Hyundai, PSA, Renault, Toyota

– Tier one & tier two auto suppliers, content vendors & IT companies: TomTom, V-Traffic, RideCell, Infoware, Moovel, Zipcar, Coyote, PTV, Sierra Wireless, Pioneer, Harman, TeleNav, Yandex, Bosch, Garmin, Xee, NDrive, Oracle…

– Smart Cities, including representatives from Brussels, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Barcelona…

Check out the full program here:

SNCF, Schneider Electric, Unibail Rodamco & Connexient Speaking on Indoor Location

Indoor location vendor Pole Star is organizing on November 29th in Paris the Pole Star Connect Day, a unique event gathering experts of different key "Verticals" of the Indoor Location market.

GPS Business News founder Ludovic Privat will be moderating a panel with very different indoor location use cases, both B2C and B2B. Speakers will be:

– Transportation: Pauline Bongrain, SNCF

– Healthcare: Geoff Halstead, Connexient

РSmart Corporate Buildings: Luc De Cr̩moux, Schneider Electric

– Malls & Retail: Julien Marlot, Unibail Rodamco

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