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March 17, 2017 - Efforts to Enhance Public Safety Communications with Digital Broadband Capabilities Sustain the Relevance of Land Mobile Radio Systems, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

GIA launches comprehensive analysis of industry segments, trends, growth drivers, market share, size and demand forecasts on the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems market. The global market for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems is forecast to exceed US$24 billion by 2022, driven by the growing efforts to enhance public safety communications with digital broadband capabilities, the ensuing convergence with LTE, and the resulting increase in the value and performance of traditional LMR technology.

Defined as terrestrial push-to-talk wireless communications systems, land mobile radio (LMR) systems deployed as early as the 1930s still continues to find critical use in both professional and public mission critical communications. Law enforcement, emergency medical assistance, disaster recovery and other public safety agencies, military, industrial, transportation, utilities, security, and logistics represent few of the many end-user verticals for LMR systems. Commercial cellular networks and broadband networks are unsuitable for mission critical voice and data services as they often suffer from quality of service, coverage and reliability issues. Mission critical communications need the capability for both data and voice on a 1-to-several basis and require coverage in remote locations such as deep interiors of subways, buildings, and other underground environments. Breakdown of communication in any of the critical junctures can negatively affect expediency of response leading to loss of property and life. As a consequence, a large number of critical services remain committed to narrowband connectivity such as a Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network. LMR systems have made an almost complete migration from conventional systems to the more advanced “trunked” systems wherein communication channels are shared among a large group of users thus ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and communication. The technology is currently in a state of transition as emerging new digital realities push the technology from being just a “critical communication technology” to a “critical intelligence technology”.

The growing need for LMR systems to support data intensive applications in addition to voice is spurring the technology’s landmark integration with LTE networks, which are specifically built for ultra-fast, bandwidth intensive applications. Modern [mission critical communications] and public safety operations in addition to voice also involves sharing/streaming of videos and pictures, geolocation and real time searching of databases for speedy resolution of problems and decision making. Since current LMR technologies are unsuitable for data communications, there is growing interest in integrating narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks with LTE networks. The convergence trend is poised to grow stronger as global efforts to enhance public safety/mission critical communications gathers momentum. Bridging technologies targeted at enabling LMR and LTE interoperability are poised to gain such as multi-radio LTE/LMR interoperability. Highly focused future developments in LTE aimed at improving the technology’s ability to support public safety and the resulting integration of public safety requirements in LTE standards by international wireless bodies will ensure the development of LMR-to-LTE solutions and LMR and LTE Interfacing technologies. The growing appreciation of the need to continually improve public safety performance towards building more safer communities and societies will encourage LMR technology’s transition to new generation systems, spurring upgrades, replacements and opportunities across the entire LMR ecosystem comprising hardware, software, services and network solutions.

As stated by the new market research report on Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems, the United States represents the largest market worldwide supported by the country’s strong focus on disaster and emergency preparedness and an already robust network of emergency response teams. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 14.7% over the analysis period led by factors such as stringent workplace safety regulations on par with international standards and the ensuing increase in demand for commercial and industrial LMR radios; rising defense spending in southeast Asian countries and the resulting increase in demand for LMR in military radio communications; continued migration from analog to digital LMR and the growing interest in leveraging digital LMR for M2M communications.

Major players covered in the report include Cobham AvComm, Airbus DS Communications, DAMM Cellular Systems A/S, EF Johnson Technologies Inc., Harris Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd., ICOM America Inc., JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, Midland Radio Corporation, Motorola Solutions Inc., Nokia Networks, Raytheon Company, RELM Wireless Corporation, Sepura Plc, PowerTrunk Inc., Simoco, Tait Ltd., Thales Defense & Security Inc. and Vertex Standard LMR Inc., among others.

The research report titled “Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Systems: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, issues, drivers, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities of global companies. The report provides market estimates and projections for all major geographic markets such as the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America), and Rest of World. The global market is analyzed by two segments that include Mobile (Vehicular) Land Mobile Radios and Handheld Portable Land Mobile Radios.


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