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14902781_sIsraeli companies involved in “Safe City” systems development are encouraged by the growing demand for ties concept. But Israeli sources say that the competition is also increasing constantly with “new players” that are entering the market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan 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 & Defense Research Analyst Krzysztof Rutkowski. “The most important driver for Safe Cities is better resource utilization 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 maximize 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.”