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Safe Cities Competitor Analysis

  • September 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 19 pages

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Supplier Capability Continues to Converge

The need for increased multi-agency collaboration, gaining intelligence from data, and merging systems and infrastructure will continue to shape supplier strategy. The expected demand for solutions that provide a Unified Situational Awareness Picture across agencies will shape supplier technology development strategies, strategic alliances, and acquisitions as organizations scramble to position themselves for requirements that will be driven by Big Data, the Internet of Things, and 4G LTE broadband. The following Market Insight will consider how suppliers stack up against each other today, how partnerships and alliances are changing competitor market positioning and how the supplier landscape will change.

Synopsis
Frost & Sullivan’s previous analysis of Safe City trends released in February 2014 considered several trends that will shape how cities are secured over the next decade. The need for increased multi-agency collaboration, gaining intelligence from data, and merging systems and infrastructure will continue to shape supplier strategy. The expected demand for solutions that provide a Unified Situational Awareness Picture across agencies will shape supplier technology development strategies, strategic alliances, and acquisitions as organisations scramble to position themselves for requirements that will be driven by Big Data, the Internet of Things, and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband. The following Market Insight will consider how suppliers stack up against each other today, how partnerships and alliances are changing competitor market positioning, and how the supplier landscape will change.

The term Safe City is widely used, and not always with regard to technology; safety can be interpreted in many ways. For the purposes of this paper and all of Frost & Sullivan’s research on Safe City, we define the concept as a command and control solution, integrating different intelligence sources with a layer of analytics, with a clearly defined concept of operations and an enabler of multi-agency collaboration. Clearly, a secure and resilient communication network is essential but, for the purposes of this paper, network coverage or speed is not being used to define a Safe City.

The level of technology integration within cities is changing quickly and will continue to evolve, as wireless broadband is adopted alongside Private Mobile Radio (PMR) standards. The supplier eco-system is broad with no single provider being able to offer all services. LTE/IP (Internet Protocol) infrastructure providers partner with network systems providers (such as Thales and Nokia Networks, and Airbus and Alcatel-Lucent). Motorola Solutions have channel partners globally allowing them to work with the right local teams whilst offering the best products to their customers. The recent Singapore Test Bed contracts provide a good insight into the collaborative nature of the industry. AGT International partnered with O’Connor and Hitachi, whilst Airbus worked with a local IT integrator, NCS, and they have since set up a technology centre together to further research Safe City technology. NEC worked with ESRI, iOmniscient, and Oracle as well as a number of software and analytics organisations like G Element and ZWEEC Analytics.

The technology used within Safe City solutions clearly divides and segments the industry suppliers. Sensors, primarily cameras, are the most highly commoditised segments with hundreds of suppliers providing technologies that are broadly similar. Price is a clear competitive factor. This paper does not consider video surveillance cameras or access control, as a Safe City is about integrating and gaining real-time intelligence from these, amongst other, sensors and data sources. The technical challenge of linking technologies and operating systems means that the market leaders are large, well-known IT integrators. However, not one organisation is able to bring the full range of solutions and services to a city and collaboration is, therefore, critical. Selecting the right partner provides a clear competitive advantage.

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