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2020-02-11
The electronic offender monitoring market in Europe and North America to reach € 1.3 billion in 2023
Berg Insight, the leading IoT market research provider, today released new findings on the market for Electronic Monitoring (EM) of offenders. The number of participants in EM programmes on a daily basis amounted to around 39,000 people in Europe and around 231,000 people in North America in 2019. The market value for EM including equipment, software and services in Europe was about € 190 million in 2019. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent, this number is expected to reach € 270 million by 2023. The North American market for EM is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 9 percent from US$ 850 million in 2019 to close to US$ 1.2 billion in 2023. The aim of EM programmes is to increase offender accountability, reduce recidivism rates and enhance public safety by providing an additional tool to traditional methods of community supervision. Policy makers, corrections authorities and private sector service providers also advocate for extended EM programmes to reduce total correctional system costs and reduce the prison population. Prison overcrowding is a major problem in many countries, especially in the US which has the largest prison population and prison population rate in the world. Even though EM programmes have been in use for more than a decade in most countries, the usage remains relatively low in the European and North American correctional systems. There are two major technologies used in electronic monitoring programmes – RF and GPS. In North America, around 75 percent of the devices used are based on GPS and cellular technology. In Europe, RF is the dominant technology and GPS-based systems account for a mere 5 percent of all systems used. Attenti is among the few EM providers with a truly global presence. The company is the world’s largest provider of EM equipment and the company holds a significant market share on both the European and North American markets. G4S is the world’s largest security service company and is a leading provider of EM equipment on the European market. BI Incorporated, a subsidiary of GEO Group, is the largest provider of EM equipment and services on the North American market. Additional leading solution providers in North America and Europe include Track Group, Securus Monitoring Solutions, Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Sierra Wireless, Sentinel Offender Services, Geosatis and Comp. In recent years, the leading providers of EM solutions have focused on developing advanced software and analytical tools to help officers prioritize and manage alerts more effectively. “The time spent analysing each offender can be reduced significantly with the use of improved software” says Martin Backman, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. The latest solutions released on the market also have extended functionalities. “Offender monitoring systems today can not only provide offenders’ real-time location but also analyse behavioural and travel patterns which can be used to identify and prioritize high-risk offenders”, concludes Mr. Backman.

2020-01-31
The number of monitored lone workers in Europe and North America to reach 2.2 million in 2023
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the market for lone worker protection solutions and services in Europe and North America is forecasted to grow from € 154 million in 2019, to reach € 284 million in 2023. The number of users of dedicated lone worker safety devices based on GPS and cellular technology on the European market is estimated to grow from 645,000 users in 2019 to reach 1.1 million users at the end of 2023. In North America, the number of such users is estimated to grow from 205,000 in 2019, to reach 380,000 at the end of 2023. In Europe, app-based solutions are estimated to account for around 25 percent of all solutions, while in North America more than 40 percent of the solutions are based on apps for smartphones and tablets. In both regions, app-based solutions are forecasted to account for an increasing share of lone worker safety solutions in the coming years. The lone worker safety market is led by a handful of specialist companies based in the UK and Canada, where legislation specifically addressing the safety of lone workers has fostered growth. SoloProtect and Send For Help Group have grown to become two of the world’s largest providers of lone worker safety solutions and services. Send For Help Group mainly serves the UK market and operates under the three subsidiaries Peoplesafe, Skyguard and Guardian24. SoloProtect is active in the US, Canada and other parts of Europe in addition to its main UK market. Both SoloProtect and Send For Help Group, also operate their own alarm receiving centre (ARC). Additional companies with notable market shares in the UK include Lone Worker Solutions, Reliance High-Tech, Orbis Protect and Safe Apps. In Canada, the main providers of safety devices and services for lone workers are Blackline Safety, Tsunami Solutions, Roadpost and Aware360. Blackline Safety is known for developing technologically advanced safety devices for lone workers using both cellular and satellite communications technology. The market drivers for lone worker safety solutions includes occupational safety regulations, increasing employee insurance costs and higher awareness of risks associated with lone working. The number of individuals working alone is also expected to grow as businesses strive for increased efficiency. A job previously performed by two persons or more is now being done by a single worker. “Traditionally, lone workers exposed to the highest social or environmental risks have been found in industries such as security services, social care, field services and in heavy industries such as oil & gas and construction” says Martin Backman, IoT Analyst at Berg Insight. He adds that companies in other industries are now also starting to see the benefits of these services. “There is now an increasing demand for lone worker safety services from workers in retail, financial services, education and more, which fuels market growth”, concludes Mr. Backman.

2020-01-21
The public transport ITS market in Europe and North America to reach € 3.7 billion by 2023
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the market for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The market value for ITS deployed in public transport operations in Europe was € 1.56 billion in 2018. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8 percent, this number is expected to reach € 2.16 billion by 2023. The North American market for public transport ITS is similarly forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 7.3 percent from € 1.07 billion in 2018 to reach € 1.52 billion in 2023. Berg Insight is of the opinion that the market for ITS in public transport is in a growth phase which will continue throughout the forecast period. A growing awareness among public transport providers of the various benefits of ITS along with increasing demands from travellers for convenience and accessible real-time information contribute to a positive market situation. A group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as leaders on the market for public transport ITS. Major providers across Europe and North America include Canada-based Trapeze Group and Germany-based INIT with significant installed bases in both regions. Clever Devices and Conduent hold leading positions on the North American public transport ITS market. The former is about to expand into Europe, while the latter also is an international provider of fare collection systems. Additional companies with notable market shares in North America include Cubic Transportation Systems and Avail Technologies. Examples of major vendors on national markets in Europe include ENGIE Ineo and RATP Smart Systems which hold leading positions in France and IVU which is an important player primarily in the German-speaking part of Europe. Vix Technology, Flowbird and Ticketer are moreover major providers on the UK market. Other significant players include the Spanish groups GMV, Indra and Grupo ETRA, French Thales, Atron in Germany, Scandinavian FARA and Consat Telematics, and the Austria-based companies Swarco and Kontron Transportation. Volvo Group is moreover a notable player from the vehicle OEM segment. “The penetration rate of on-board computers featuring GPS location functionality and wireless communications is now at very high levels in both North America and Western Europe”, said Adam Bjorkman, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. The Mediterranean countries and Eastern Europe are however still lagging. “ITS providers in Eastern Europe have had impressive growth in the last year, and as long as countries in the region continue to experience economic growth the demand for ITS solutions will further increase”, continued Mr. Bjorkman. He adds that in the mature markets with a high penetration rate, a clear trend is the increased demand for ITxPT labelled ITS solutions compatible with third-party systems. “The trend is especially evident in the Nordics where the general IT maturity is high and public transport providers often have experience from existing solutions”, concluded Mr. Bjorkman.

2020-01-16
The installed base of smart parking sensors reached 1.3 million units in 2019
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the smart parking market. The installed base of wirelessly connected in-ground and surface-mounted parking sensors reached 1.3 million worldwide in 2019. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.9 percent, this number will more than double by 2023. Europe and North America together accounted for about half of the installed base, while the Chinese market accounted for the majority of the remainder. Prominent smart parking markets also include Australia and New Zealand as well as the Middle East to some extent. Overall, the private parking segment has been quicker than cities and municipalities to adopt smart parking technology and today accounts for the majority of the installed devices. The world’s leading smart parking sensor provider is the Netherlands-based security and identification solutions group Nedap, which had a global market share of 16.3 percent in Q3-2019. The top three also included Chinese Fangle Technology and French SmartGrains, which both have the majority of their installed bases in their respective domestic markets. Other significant vendors include the Australasian vendors Smart Parking and Frogparking, the European companies Onesitu, Urbiotica, Worldsensing, CommuniThings and Intercomp, as well as the North American vendors CivicSmart, PNI, Fybr, Nwave Technologies and Streetline. The top 10 vendors accounted for around 50 percent of the global installed base of smart parking sensors in Q3-2019. Only a handful of companies have yet managed to establish an international presence spanning two or more regions of the world. “The smart parking market is still struggling to overcome a skepticism caused by a number of technology failures in the early days of the industry, particularly in North America”, said Levi Ostling, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. Although the technological issues have now been worked out and most sensors today offer high performance, growth has so far primarily been driven by the private parking segment. As more and more cities embark on larger-scale rollouts after having completed lengthy pilot projects, the share of on-street deployments will also increase as cities are the primary owners of such parking assets. While off-street parking deployments, which are characterized by high parking space densities, have been favorable to the use of RF networks, on-street deployments place higher demands on network coverage and long-range communications capabilities. “Although RF networks will continue to see robust growth in the off-street parking segment, LPWA technologies are expected to dominate on-street deployments”, continued Mr. Ostling.

2020-01-10
The installed base of smart waste sensors to reach 1.5 million units worldwide in 2023
Berg Insight, the world’s leading M2M/IoT market research provider, today released new findings about the market for smart waste management. The installed base of smart waste sensors reached 379,000 worldwide in 2018. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.8 percent, this number will increase to 1.5 million in 2023. These wirelessly connected fill-level sensors can either be pre-integrated into waste bins and containers or retrofitted into existing ones. Europe accounts for more than 50 percent of the installed base. Markets such as the Benelux, France, the UK, Spain and the Nordics have seen particularly positive market developments. The smart waste management market in North America is less developed in comparison to the European market and had an installed base of 85,000 smart waste sensors in 2018. The Rest of World market will have the highest growth of 36.5 percent and reach nearly half a million installed sensors by 2023. The world’s leading smart waste sensor technology vendor in Q3-2019 was the US-based smart bin provider Bigbelly, which had a global market share of 13.3 percent. Finnish Enevo and Chinese Dingtek Technology shared second place. Enevo is a leading player in Europe and North America while Dingtek has a strong position on its domestic market. Other important smart waste sensor technology vendors include European companies such as BH Technologies, the SUEZ subsidiary SigrenEa, Waste Vision, Sensoneo, SAYME, FarSite Communications, Nordsense, EMZ Environmental Technology; Compology and OnePlus Systems from the US; Evreka from Turkey and Ecube Labs from South Korea. The top ten vendors accounted for more than 60 percent of the global installed base of smart waste sensors. Many vendors have chosen to focus on specific customer segments such as public litter bins, commercial waste containers or textile recycling banks. “The interest in smart waste sensor technology has increased significantly over the past 18 months and is now increasingly seen as an integral part of any smart city strategy”, said Levi Ostling, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. Cellular 2G/3G/4G technology has prevailed as the dominant connectivity option for smart waste sensor installations, accounting for around three quarters of the global installed base in 2018. LPWA technologies such as NB-IoT, LTE-M, LoRaWAN and Sigfox are however establishing themselves as attractive alternatives due to their lower power consumption – a feature that is essential for the performance of smart waste sensors as they are mainly battery powered. LPWA communications technologies accounted for around 20 percent of the global installed base of smart waste sensors in 2018. The share is expected to increase to more than 50 percent by 2023. “The transition to LPWA will significantly improve the overall feasibility of smart waste sensor investments and prompt a growing number of large-scale initiatives in the near future”, concluded Mr. Ostling.

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