4.3 million home and business alarm systems will be connected to mobile phone networks in Europe by 2016, according to a new report from Berg Insight.
The research company predicts that the total number of tracking devices and wireless alarm systems monitored from a European alarm receiving centre will grow from 9.1 million last year to 39.7 million by the end of 2016. Using mobile technology for property alarms is an increasingly popular choice; combining fixed-line and wireless connectivity reduces the risk of intentional or accidental disruption to the monitoring.
Berg Insight expects shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in Europe to grow from 2.9 million in 2011 to 20.0 million in 2016. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 47.1%.
Vehicle tracking and recovery is currently the largest application area for wireless M2M communication in the security industry, combining GPS and mobile technology to track cars and commercial vehicles.
André Malm, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight, said “The penetration of monitored alarm systems has only reached about 3 percent of all businesses and households in Europe. Alarm systems are becoming more valuable for customers as the scope of offerings are being expanded to include detection of fire, gas and water leaks, or even home automation functionality.”
[Report details (pdf)]