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NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

People Monitoring and Safety Solutions


People tracking solutions that enable a third party to locate a person were introduced in the late 1990s. Today, most people tracking solutions rely on GNSS and mobile communication technologies to determine the location of a person and transmit the data to a third party. Technological advancements have enabled substantial improvements in GPS receiver performance and cost. Small, dedicated battery powered GPS tracking devices suitable for the mass market has become a reality. There are also a growing number of people location apps that leverage the growing installed base of GPS-enabled smartphones. People tracking solutions aimed at the consumer market range from family locator services that provide peace of mind for parents of children and teenagers, to solutions that assist caregivers of seniors and people suffering from various medical conditions. Family locator services have been part of mobile operators' LBS portfolios for many years, but are now facing competition from app developers. The willingness to pay for operator services is declining as consumers' awareness of free people location apps for smartphones has increased significantly in the past 12–18 months. Berg Insight estimates that there were about 20 million users of family locator apps in Europe and North America in August 2012.

The demand for dedicated location devices targeting the child and teenager segment is generally low as many parents adopt handset-based solutions. Numerous device vendors are therefore looking to address the needs of people caring for persons of all ages suffering from various medical conditions, such as autism and other cognitive limitations, epilepsy, cardiac problems and diabetes. These companies are also addressing the market for systems that assist seniors living at home or in care homes. The assistance systems are commonly called telecare systems or social alarms in Europe and Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) in the US. Berg Insight estimates that there are already up to 5 million users of the first generation social alarms connected to PSTN networks in Europe and North America. The addressable market for the next generation mobile social alarms is therefore large. Companies from various industries such as fleet management, asset tracking and application development now provide people location services that address the needs of business customers. Mobile workforce management services aim to improve operational efficiency and focus on managing individual employees. Industry sectors leading the adoption of workforce management solutions include construction, distribution and companies with extensive field services.

Mobile workforce management is frequently part of fleet management solutions for light commercial vehicle fleets. Applications can in addition be delivered via smartphones. Two-way communication saves time by enabling field staff to be directed to go from one place to another without returning to the central location for receiving new work orders. Cost savings can also be achieved through more efficient time verification and data collection in the field. Lone worker protection services primarily focus on ensuring the security of employees through features such as two-way communication and automatic location. Many lone worker protection services rely on dedicated location devices featuring alarm buttons and man down detection sensors. These devices are typically programmed to send alarms to supervisors or alarm receiving centres in case of emergency. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of active users of workforce management and dedicated lone worker protection services in Europe and North America will grow from 1.1 million in 2011 to 2.8 million in 2016. Electronic monitoring (EM) of offenders is gradually being adopted globally. EM is used to provide alternative ways of sentencing offenders and reduce the escalating costs for the corrective systems. EM is employed at various stages of the criminal justice system, including at pre-trial, at sentencing and following a period of incarceration. The aim of EM programmes is to increase offender accountability, reduce recidivism rates and enhance public safety by providing an additional tool to traditional methods of community supervision. However, there is still debate over the effectiveness of EM and how to best implement the technologies in various programmes to achieve the goals. The most common forms of EM equipment in use today are RF systems that comprise a transmitter worn by the person being monitored, often in the form of an ankle bracelet. The RF transmitter sends out a signal to a receiver unit that communicates with a monitoring centre to report signal interruptions during curfews or any attempts to tamper with the equipment. Systems using GPS location that allow near real time location of the offender as well as creation of geographic inclusion and exclusion zones are also being used.

1 Overview of people location solutions.3

1.1.1 Handset-based location solutions.4

1.1.2 Dedicated people location devices.7

1.2 Market segmentation.10

1.2.1 Mobile workforce management 10

1.2.2 Lone worker protection .10

1.2.3 Family locator services11

1.2.4 Medical and telecare location solutions11

1.2.5 Offender monitoring 11

1.3 The regulatory environment in Europe and North America 12

1.3.1 European privacy regulations .12

1.3.2 Privacy and location data regulations in the US .13

2 Technology overview.15

2.1.1 Location architecture for GSM/UMTS networks16

2.1.2 Location architecture for LTE networks 17

2.1.3 Control plane and user plane location platforms18

2.1.4 Probe-based location platforms19

2.2 Mobile location technologies and methods 20

2.2.1 Cell-ID20

2.2.2 Enhanced Cell-ID 22

2.2.3 RF Pattern Matching22

2.2.4 E-OTD, OTDOA and U-TDOA22

2.2.5 GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Compass .23

2.2.6 Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi positioning.24

2.2.7 Hybrid, mixed mode and indoor location technologies25

2.2.8 Theoretical limitations of positioning technologies.26

2.3 Handset software platforms.28

2.3.1 Android29

2.3.2 iOS.29

2.3.3 Windows Phone 30

2.3.4 BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 31

2.3.5 Samsung's Bada platform.32

2.3.6 Symbian 33

2.3.7 Brew Mobile Platform 34

2.3.8 Java Micro Edition .35

3 Family locator and medical alarm solutions37

3.1.1 The ageing population 38

3.1.2 Medical conditions 39

3.2 Mobile family locator services .41

3.2.1 The European market41

3.2.2 The North American market 43

3.3 Handset location apps and services .44

3.3.1 Network-based handset location services 44

3.3.2 People location apps for smartphones .45

3.4 Consumer oriented location devices.46

3.4.1 General purpose location devices 47

3.4.2 Child locator devices and services .48

3.4.3 Mobile telecare and mobile PERS devices .49

3.5 Company profiles 51

3.5.1 GTX Corp: GPS device and app developer for asset and people location 52

3.5.2 Ilico.net: Pioneer of handset-based services for locating people.52

3.5.3 Life360: Expanding from family locator apps to broader security solutions.53

3.5.4 Location Labs: White-label safety app developer expanding beyond the US54

3.5.5 TeleCommunication Systems: Leading provider of end-to-end LBS solutions55

3.5.6 Amber Alert GPS: Specialises in location devices for children.56

3.5.7 Buddi: Mobile telecare vendor entering the UK offender monitoring market.56

3.5.8 Garmin: Leading navigation device vendor entering personal location market.57

3.5.9 Everon: Developer of GPS wristwatches for telecare and lone workers 58

3.5.10 Lifecomm: Developer of health and wellness devices for active seniors .58

3.5.11 Limmex: Swiss telecare wristwatch vendor ramping up sales in Europe.59

3.5.12 Loc8tor: Tagging and tracking devices for locating assets, pets and people60

3.5.13 Location Based Technologies: Creator of the PocketFinder locators 61

3.5.14 LoJack: Leading SVR provider entering the telecare market .61

3.5.15 Lok8u: Specialises in GPS wristwatches for children and seniors .62

3.5.16 LOSTnFOUND: Swiss asset tracking vendor entering the telecare segment 63

3.5.17 PFO: Fashion accessories with integrated personal alarm 63

3.5.18 SecuraTrac: Focuses on white-label B2B location solutions64

3.5.19 Securus: Focusing on the US personal safety and security device market .65

3.5.20 SPOT: GPS locator and satellite messenger devices from Globalstar.66

3.5.21 Tramigo: TLD landmarks facilitates people location without using maps 67

4 Workforce management and lone worker safety services 69

4.1.1 Employment by industry .70

4.1.2 Vehicle fleets, mobile workers and lone workers71

4.2 Mobile resource management solutions .73

4.2.1 Mobile workforce management services 73

4.3 Lone worker protection devices and services.77

4.3.1 Lone worker legislation and standards.77

4.3.2 Lone worker protection services .80

4.4 Company profiles 83

4.4.1 Actsoft: MRM veteran expanding sales through app stores.84

4.4.2 Airclic: Specialises in software for logistics and field service companies 84

4.4.3 ClickSoftware: Expanding MRM to the SMB segment with cloud services85

4.4.4 CommonTime: Offers platform for customisable enterprise mobility apps85

4.4.5 Contigo: Develops hosted platform for tracking and safety applications.86

4.4.6 Econz Wireless: Specialises in hosted WFM for the SME segment .87

4.4.7 FollowUS: Pioneer of handset location services in the UK.88

4.4.8 Genasys: LBS platform developer and provider of MRM solutions88

4.4.9 Panaramix: Complementing low cost WFM with consumer apps 89

4.4.10 Peoplesafe: Focus on managed lone worker services for the private sector.90

4.4.11 PocketMobile: Customisable WFM for medium- and large organisations .90

4.4.12 Reach-U: LBS platform vendor offering WFM service for all handsets.91

4.4.13 Skyguard: Provider of end-to-end lone worker safety solutions.92

4.4.14 Telenav: Handset navigation provider seeking growth in MRM services .93

4.4.15 TrackaPhone: Device agnostic platform for WFM and lone worker services .94

4.4.16 Trackem: Cloud-based resource management for the SMB market95

4.4.17 Vismo: Specialises in security apps for international travellers 95

4.4.18 Xora: Specialises in cloud-based WFM and fleet management services.96

4.4.19 Blackline GPS: Moving from consumer to business location services.96

4.4.20 Connexion2: Identicom device shipments has surpassed 100,000 units 97

4.4.21 Geonovo: Developer of the Romad RSP-100 lone worker device98

4.4.22 Laipac Technology: Expanding from asset tracking to people tracking 99

4.4.23 SafeLinQ: Location devices for the consumer and business markets .100

4.4.24 Sonim Technologies: Manufactures the world's most rugged handsets .101

4.4.25 Twig Com: Complementing TWIG devices with indoor location technology .101

5 Electronic offender monitoring 103

5.1.1 Electronic offender monitoring in Europe .103

5.1.2 Electronic offender monitoring in North America105

5.2 Offender monitoring service providers and devices .106

5.2.1 Monitoring service providers.107

5.2.2 Offender monitoring and tracking devices107

5.3 Company profiles 109

5.3.1 3M Attenti 109

5.3.2 G4S109

5.3.3 GEO Group110

5.3.4 iSECUREtrac .110

5.3.5 Omnilink Systems .111

5.3.6 Satellite Tracking of People.111

5.3.7 SecureAlert112

6 Market trends and forecasts 113

6.1.1 Ageing population will drive sales of mobile telecare solutions .113

6.1.2 Rise of smartphones boosts workforce management service adoption 114

6.1.3 Stricter legislations fuel lone worker protection market115

6.1.4 Electronic offender monitoring aims to reduce costs of corrective systems116

6.2 Market forecasts 117

6.2.1 Consumer oriented people tracking solutions117

6.2.2 Enterprise workforce management services.121

6.2.3 Lone worker protection services .122

6.2.4 Offender monitoring solutions.123

Glossary 127

List of Figures

Figure 1.2: Smartphone shipments by vendor and OS (World H1-2012) 6

Figure 1.3: Bracelet and watch tracking devices7

Figure 1.4: Tracking device infrastructure overview.8

Figure 1.5: Lone worker protection devices .9

Figure 2.1: Location architecture overview.16

Figure 2.2: Cellular frequency reuse pattern 20

Figure 2.3: Cell-ID location methods 21

Figure 2.4: Performance and limiting factors for key positioning technologies .27

Figure 3.1: Population by age group (EU27+2 and North America 2010–2020).38

Figure 3.2: Number of people suffering from various medical conditions (EU/US 2012)39

Figure 3.3: People location services marketed by mobile operators (EU27+2 2012).42

Figure 3.4: Operator marketed people tracking services (2012)43

Figure 3.5: Third party people tracking services using Cell-ID (EU27+2 2012) 44

Figure 3.6: People tracking and location sharing apps (August 2012) 45

Figure 3.7: Consumer oriented people tracking devices .46

Figure 3.8: Examples of consumer people tracking devices and vendors (2012).47

Figure 3.9: Examples of child tracking devices (2012).48

Figure 3.10: Mobile PERS devices49

Figure 3.11: Examples of mobile PERS and medical alarm devices (2012) 51

Figure 4.1: Employment by industry (Europe and North America 2012) .71

Figure 4.2: Examples of mobile workforce management service providers (2012) .74

Figure 4.3: Workforce management services marketed by operators (2012)75

Figure 4.4: Lone worker categories 78

Figure 4.5: Examples of dedicated lone worker protection devices (2012) .80

Figure 4.6: UK alarm receiving centres capable of monitoring lone worker alarms (2012) .81

Figure 4.7: Lone worker protection service providers (UK 2012).82

Figure 4.8: Lone worker protection service providers (EU27+2 and North America 2012) 83

Figure 5.1: Electronic monitoring programmes in Europe (EU27+2 2012).104

Figure 5.2: Examples of offender monitoring solution providers (2012) ..106

Figure 5.3: GPS-based offender monitoring devices .108

Figure 6.1: Smartphone sales by region (2011–2016) .117

Figure 6.2: Family locator users and revenues (EU27+2 2011–2016) 118

Figure 6.3: Family locator users and revenues (North America 2011–2016) .119

Figure 6.4: Mobile telecare users and revenues (EU27+2 2011–2016).119

Figure 6.5: Mobile PERS users and revenues (North America 2011–2016).120

Figure 6.6: Workforce management users and revenues (EU27+2 2011–2016) 121

Figure 6.7: Workforce management users and revenues (North America 2011–2016).121

Figure 6.8: Lone worker protection devices and services (EU27+2 2011–2016)122

Figure 6.9: Lone worker protection devices and services (North America 2011–2016).123

Figure 6.10: Offender monitoring systems and revenues (EU27+2 2011–2016) 123

Figure 6.11: Offender monitoring systems and revenues (North America 2011–2016).124


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