Constant threats related to terrorism and natural disasters are pushing city officials to build a secure environment for its residents. In order to ensure enhanced security that does not strain city budgets, optimisation and integration of security technologies is imperative. Promisingly, the focus on improving resource utilisation is already underway and is projected to continue throughout the decade.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (defence.frost.com), 2012 Global Safe Cities Market Assessment, finds that the market will be heavily influenced by developments in China, India and North America where Long Term Evolution (LTE), biometrics and cyber security are set to have a strong impact. These three technologies will change the current market environment, switching to wireless, automatically finding suspects, and protecting the databases in which information is currently stored.
"To increase security and decrease cost, technology must be improved and modified," noted Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defence Research Analyst Krzysztof Rutkowski. "The most important driver for Safe Cities is better resource utilisation through the deployment/integration of technology."
The integration of technology allows for a more complete picture of security breaches, accidents and disturbances, facilitating optimal responses. This approach also allows law enforcement agencies to modify the technology to suit different security needs.
Future trends in urban security and safety suggest the growth of technologies such as Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), which will be able to install any device on a single, shared platform. In addition, inter-agency integration will offer cost benefits since one solution will be able to monitor energy, security and waste, among others.
However, security is still not seen as the highest priority in many municipalities, with city governments often opting for a reactive, rather than a preventive approach. Current austerity measures mean that this trend is likely to persist.
"Municipalities are focused on increasing job security for their citizens, which decreases the amount of revenue left for physical security," explained Rutkowski. "Until a dangerous situation or incident occurs, citizens will continue pressuring governments to spend on social security rather than on physical security."
Solutions currently available on the market, such as PSIM, enable end-users to maximise their security processes, while empowering them to see ‘over-the- fence’. This approach offers greater value, is economical, and increases security effectiveness.
"In order to fully address end-user needs, four areas of the value chain need to be targeted: technology providers and installers, technology integrators, system integrators, and solution providers," concluded Rutkowski. "The level of complexity differs, resulting in some companies being unable to penetrate the solutions provider market space. Constant innovation and development is needed to gain a position at the top of the value chain."
If you are interested in more information on 2012 Global Safe Cities Market Assessment (M8CA-16) please send an email to Joanna Lewandowska, Corporate Communications, at joanna.lewandowska[.]frost.com, with your full contact details.
2012 Global Safe Cities Market Assessment (M8CA-16) is part of the Defence Growth Partnership Service programme. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Global Border Control and Biometrics Market, Global Physical Security Information Management Market, Global Border and Maritime Security Market and, Global Military and Civil Helicopter Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan (frost.com), the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.
Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.
The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.
For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organisation prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?
Contact Us: Start the discussion | Join Us: Join our community | Subscribe: Newsletter on "the next big thing" | Register: Gain access to visionary innovation.