39 million security applications will be connected to European cellular networks


39.2 million security applications will be connected to
European cellular networks in 2015, according to a new research report from the
analyst firm Berg Insight.


Shipments of wireless M2M modules for security
applications in EU is forecasted to grow from 2.4 million in 2010 at a compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55 percent to reach 21.4 million in 2015.


At the same time, the number of tracking devices and
wireless alarm systems monitored from an alarm receiving centre and similar
will grow from 7.0 million in 2010 at a CAGR of 41 percent to reach 39.2
million by the end of 2015.


Vehicle tracking and recovery remains the major
application area for wireless M2M communication in the
security industry, using devices that combine GPS and GSM/GPRS technologies.
The main markets in terms of units and value include tracking of passenger cars
and commercial vehicles.


However, there are also several emerging niche markets
such as construction equipment as well as leisure vehicles and boats. Today, luxury
car owners are frequently advised to install security systems that take
advantage of wireless communication and satellite positioning when applying for
an insurance policy.


Once the European eCall initiative to equip all cars with
GSM/GPS technology to enable automatic 112 emergency calls in case of an
accident is in place, this will most likely also drive adoption of stolen
vehicle tracking services that can use the same technology.


Adoption of GSM/GPRS technology is also increasing in the
intrusion alarm systems industry. Insurance companies encourage the use of dual
fixed line and wireless signalling solutions in monitored alarms. Use of a
single landline connection between the alarm system and the alarm receiving
centre is no longer deemed sufficient for high security premises.


By adding a secondary wireless link, communication
becomes much more reliable and cannot easily be disrupted, according to Berg Insight.  


There is still a significant untapped potential in the
residential market segment for monitored alarms,” said André Malm, senior
analyst at Berg Insight.


About 25 percent of the 30 million alarm systems in
Europe are connected to an alarm receiving centre. The latest generation of
monitored alarm systems with GSM/GPRS is well adapted to the residential market
as many households abandon PSTN services. Berg Insight anticipates that there
will be over 4 million alarm systems connected to cellular networks in Europe
by 2015.


By TelecomLead.com Team
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