Law Enforcement Comprises Largest Segment of LMR Users (8/21/13)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | Comments

A new study found that law-enforcement members are the largest users of LMR systems, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc.

Law-enforcement personnel, together with firefighters, emergency medical teams and private security groups comprising the public safety and security (PSS) sector accounted for more than 40 percent of active radios on LMR systems in 2012, based on findings from the IHS report, “Vertical Insights – Public Safety and Security Mobile Radio – World – 2013.”

“Although IHS has been examining the LMR market for PSS users for more than 15 years now, this is the first report to examine the individual constituent agencies in depth,” said Deryn Evans, senior mobile radio market analyst, IHS. “The PSS sector is a diverse group of agencies with different functions and operations, but one thing is clear from our research: the importance of good communication technology is universally recognized. The advantages of using LMR technology to provide reliable mission-critical communication and to improve interagency cooperation are appreciated, and feature heavily in agency and government strategies — even in developing nations where agencies are still in an earlier stage of development.”

At the end of 2012, more than 27.5 million personnel and excess of 2.6 million vehicles were active worldwide in front-line emergency PSS agencies, the report said.

The report also examined PSS agency structure and operations and radio use. Set up and operations can vary significantly between countries. Even in regions where PSS organizations are well established, reform in structural and operational procedures is underway. Volunteers currently play a significant role in many firefighting and emergency medical agencies around the world, but many agencies are looking to increase professionalization among their ranks due to problems with volunteer retention and staff stability, so reform and investment are expected, the report said.

The report provides comprehensive data sets of radio installments, by both portable and mobile radio terminals, and also examines the potential available market of users through personnel and vehicle numbers. Data is provided by agency group, including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and other security, and is split by country or geographic region. Historic data and forecasts to 2017 can also be found.

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