Frost & Sullivan Predicts Emergency Response Market to Reach $132B in 2019 (6/28/13)
Friday, June 28, 2013 | Comments

The need for interoperable communications systems that can provide real-time situational awareness to first responders has paved the way for the development of advanced technologies in the global first responder command, control, communications and intelligence (C3i) and emergency response market, new research said.

Frost & Sullivan said that the emergency response market earned revenues of $50.41 billion in 2012 and estimated this to reach $131.62 billion in 2019. North America accounts for the largest share of the market, followed by Asia/Pacific. The market in South America will overtake Europe in the long term.

The company’s “Assessment of Global First Responder C3i and Emergency Response Market” said that weather monitoring sensors, emergency mass notification systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and intelligent transportation systems will emerge as next-generation emergency response systems.

"Mega events such as the Olympics and World Cup are prime targets for attacks, heightening the need for law enforcement, fire and EMS to be equipped with technologies to ensure public safety," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense Industry Analyst Anshul Sharma. "The vulnerability of critical infrastructure such as transportation networks or oil and gas facilities to terrorist attacks or operational failure further necessitates sophisticated first responder C3i and emergency response systems globally."

The rising frequency of such incidents has propelled the growth of the public-safety communications segment, particularly after the deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in various countries. The adoption of command-and-control solutions is gaining pace with the emergence of safe city projects. Public-safety software solutions will be another key area of growth, the report said.

However, the unavailability of sufficient funding for the acquisition and maintenance of these technologies limits market scope. The lack of standardization in various communications equipment has further curbed uptake. To offset this challenge, manufacturers must build open architecture solutions that can integrate with any communications device.

Additionally, vendors need to educate the first responder community on the use of these emerging technologies, especially in developing regions like Asia/Pacific, where market potential is huge, Frost & Sullivan said.

"More importantly, collaboration among manufacturers and respective law enforcement as well as emergency response agencies in various countries will help ensure that technology requirements are addressed," said Sharma.

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