Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Connected pallets show promise for LPWA, says Berg

Steve Rogerson
April 11, 2017
Connected pallets are the most promising greenfield IoT application enabled by LPWA technologies, according to Berg Insight.
The latest report from the IoT analyst firm ranks connected pallets as the most promising greenfield application enabled by the new wave of cellular and non-cellular LPWA technologies.
The global installed base of pallets used for transportation is estimated to around ten billion units.
“With an average sales price of US$10 per unit for regular pallets, the cost of adding connectivity can be justified by increasing efficiency in many logistics operations,” said Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst at Berg and author of the report. “The ability to track pallets can also contribute to extending their lifespan which is currently around two years.”
He said that connected pallets were being evaluated by several large industry players right now and these could proceed with large-scale deployments in the very near future.
Smart cities and smart agriculture are other potential mass-volume market segments where LPWA technologies will be a key enabler. Berg Insight, however, believes that there are significant barriers that must be overcome before they can scale.
Moving from today’s limited smart cities demonstration projects to city-wide deployments will be costly, complex and time consuming. Smart agriculture is at an even earlier stage of development where the initial focus lies on proof of concept and application prototyping.
“Today’s top IoT devices – the connected car and the smart meter – needed more than a decade to mature,” said Ryberg. “The smart city and the intelligent farm will need at least that much time to grow from vision to reality.”