The latest Research Note from Paul Bremner – market analyst for IHS Inc – examines new technology for Safe Cities.
FirstNet, a high-speed broadband data network dedicated to public safety using a nationwide spectrum licence, is expected to increase collaboration between emergency responders.
Revenues in the American market for electronic security equipment in city surveillance applications totalled around $200 million, with wireless infrastructure forming almost $80 million of that total and more than doubling to 2017.
Wireless infrastructures, wireless networks
In the past, wireless infrastructure has been plagued with both quality and capacity problems, both of which FirstNet is expected to resolve.
For their part, wireless networks have varied dramatically from city to city. The differences in quality and capacity of these networks can be very noticeable and affect how the city can use that network. A very low cost wireless network cannot stream video from, for example, an officer to a command centre or vice versa.
FirstNet will level the playing field for every city and, for a significant portion of them, will raise the bar, in turn offering possibilities that didn’t previously exist.
FirstNet will be built to public-safety grade standards using LTE wireless technology, and is a network that is defined, administered and only relevant to the US. However, if FirstNet proves a success in providing emergency service providers with the first nationwide, high-speed network dedicated to public safety, this will pave the way for other countries to follow a similar path.
A key feature of FirstNet is the integration of land mobile radio (LMR) networks alongside the LTE voice capabilities because police, firefighters and emergency service personnel all rely on LMR networks for their mission critical voice applications. For FirstNet to be a success this integration was crucial.
Safe Cities: Understanding the Market Opportunity
The IHS report entitled ‘Safe Cities: Understanding the Market Opportunity – World – 2013 Edition’ is a first edition report providing qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify where the market opportunities are for Safe City projects.
The report explores the technologies and business models enabling Safe City projects, regional market drivers and what the competitive landscape looks like.
Quantitatively, the report includes the IHS Safe City Index, incorporating IHS Global Insight and IHS Jane’s data to measure the potential of different countries across the globe.