October 23, 2008

Examine the Status of Public Safety Communications (PSC) Technologies and Markets With This Latest Report Today

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/eaf3a2/specifics_of_publi) has announced the addition of the "Specifics of Public Safety Communications: Assessment Markets and Technologies" report to their offering.

This is a second issue of the report that analyzes the status of Public Safety Communications (PSC) technologies and markets, and concentrates on the following topics:

- Satellites communications

- Mesh networks and their role in public safety communications

- Ultra Wideband communications for first responders

- North America standard land-mobile radio for first responders-Project P25

- Public Safety Communications in the 4.9 GHz band.

The report was updated, and the analysis of the PSC technology and market in the 4.9 GHz band was added.

All discussed technologies may help first responders in their operations, supporting reliable interoperable communications.

The report provides the analysis of all mentioning technologies, their applications in PSC as well as addresses marketing profiles of the above technologies in the public safety communications segment.

1. Satellite communications. With falling pricing and uniqueness of this technology features, satellite links importance for disaster recovery is difficult to underestimate. First responders can use services offered by several companies to sustain their communications in various situations when terrestrial links are damaged or completely destroyed. Modern technology allows establishing such satellite links in a very short time, and it supports both voice and data traffic.

2. Wireless mesh networks. These networks are self-organized and redundant by their nature - the ideal situation for first responders' communications. Each responder may become a part of the network structure; in a case of the failing link, the network itself will establish a new connection. The WMN market is growing fast and the public safety communications application plays a significant role in this market.

3. UWB. Ultra Wideband technology, among many useful features, has a very important property that makes it attractive for public safety communications - it can support a combination of a secure communication transceiver and radar. This allows first responders to "see" through the wall and communicate at the same time. UWB is, in our opinion, one of technologies that in the near future will establish a significant presence in the discussed communications sector.

4. Project 25 radio. Project 25 defines a set of standards for North America first responders' radio. The goal is to make sure that various agencies talk "the same language" and can communicate with each other during emergencies. So far, there are still a lot of non-standard radios in hands of first responders, and this can make their efforts inefficient.

5. PSC in the 4.9 GHz band started to evolve relatively recently, with the FCC opening this band and resolving technical issues, such as a transmission mask. This PSC application has already created in the U.S. multi-million market. The band specifically designated for the exclusive use of public safety agencies or organizations that are working with them.

It is important to mention that discussed technologies can help first responders in various situations:

- Satellite: to communicate globally and inside of the U.S.; particular, when terrestrial infrastructure is damaged or even destroyed

- WMN: to communicate in a dense urban environment; allows to build self-organized, self-healing structures

- UWB: to communicate primarily inside of the buildings and similar constructions

- Project 25: North America standard for first responders' radio

- 4.9 GHz PSC: the band is given exclusively for the first responders communications use.

The main point here is that discussed technologies working together can provide reliable means of support for first responders.

Altogether, the idea of this report is to attract attention to the most (in our opinion) perspectives tools of communications for first responders. The task of regular communications is not easy; it becomes a real problem when communications networks have to deal with extreme and unfavorable conditions, such as fire, flooding, or terrorism. Depending on a particular situation, environmental conditions and particular tasks, discussed in this report technologies can work together to sustain reliable communications.

The markets for UWB, P25, 4.9 GHz radio, and WMN experience strong presence of governmental influence and financial support. Though slowly, but persistently standards bodies and governments in the U.S. and other countries realize the importance of survivable interoperable networks for first responders. As many markets that depend on governmental support and infusion of funds, the public safety communications market is dynamically stretches its borders. It looks like there is no any other alternative except it fast development to provide first responders a degree of assurance that they will be supported by the most effective survivable means of communications.

The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.

Target Audience

This report is important for the government agencies involved in the first response to critical situations. It is necessary for technical departments of such agencies to have a document, which in simple language explains radio technologies and architectures of networks supporting public safety communications. They also need to understand the market landscape and who are the major players and their portfolios to select the right equipment.

For vendors of the first response communications technology, this report provides valuable information on competition. It also supports these vendors with the market assessment.


Considerable research was done using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed; evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. In addition to these interviews and primary research, secondary sources were used to develop a more complete mosaic of the market landscape, including industry and trade publications, conferences and seminars.

Companies Mentioned:

- Aether (localization devices)

- Airaya

- Airspan

- AirTegrity

- Alereon (chipsets)

- Alvarion

- Aperto

- Artimi (chipsets)

- Atheros (chipsets)

- BBN (radio, first responders applications)

- Belair

- Camero (radar, equipment for first responders)

- Carlson Wireless

- Cisco

- Crossbow (nodes)

- Daniels

- Dust Networks (WMN Nodes)


- EF Johnson

- Ember (ZigBee chips for WMN)

- Exalt

- Firetide

- Fluidmesh Networks

- Focus Enhancement (chipsets)

- Freescale (chipsets, systems)

- General Atomics (chipsets)

- GigaBeam

- Hautespot Networks

- Hopling

- InfiNet

- Intel

- IPMobileNet

- IWT (Network Solution)

- Kenwood

- M/A-Com

- Med-Media

- MeshDynamics

- Mesh Networks

- Millennial Net (SW and Systems)

- Mitre (protocols)

- Moteiv-Sentilla- (Nodes and SW)

- Motorola

- Multispectral (RFID and others)

- Newtrax (WSN-mesh, UGS)

- Nortel

- Northrop Grumman (Nodes)

- NovaRoam (Public Safety Communications -WMN)

- Octave Technologies (SW)

- PacketHop

- Parco (RFID-location systems)

- Proxim

- Pulsetilde Link (chipsets)

- RadWin

- Rajant (WMN-Military, First Responders)

- Raytheon

- Redline

- Relm

- RoamAD

- Sensoria-Tranzeo (WMN for Public Safety Communications)

- SIAE (WMN for IA)

- SkyPilot

- Solectek

- Staccato (chipsets)

- Strix

- Tait Electronics

- Technisonic

- Teletroncs

- Time Domain (chipsets-fusion of communications & radar)

- Trango Systems

- Tranzeo

- Trimax Wireless

- Tropos

- Tzero (chipsets)

- Ubiquiti Networks

- Ubisense (RFID-tracking)

- Ubiwave (Mesh Network)

- Westel

- WiQuest (chipsets)

- Wisair (chipsets)

- Zhone Technologies

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