Better Machine to Machine Communication is Improving Disaster Response Time and Efficiency

IT security solutions

Machine to machine (M2M) communication has become an essential component of homeland security. According to an upcoming report from Technavio, M2M in the global homeland security market is expected to reach $12.18 billion by 2019, with the biggest growth expected between 2018 and 2019.

Technavio analysts indicate that the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 57.21% from 2014-2019.

Quick disaster response and recovery

While border and aviation security are the two biggest segments in the M2M for homeland security market, the Technavio report pinpoints quick disaster response and recovery as an emerging driver for market growth. In this segment, M2M technology finds its primary application in anticipating and preempting disasters through intelligent communications systems. It provides continuous remote monitoring capabilities, which, when deployed during disaster relief operations, can help mitigate potential losses.

Global M2M in homeland security market by security type 2014

Source: Technavio, 2015

The up-to-the-minute information provided by M2M-connected technology has been a boon for first responders, as it helps provide a more detailed picture of a situation before responders are even engaged. Access to motion detectors, cameras, structural floor plans and other sensors provides increased situational awareness that can make a huge difference in the success of security operations.

A recent publication from the Department of Homeland Security’s science and tech directorate discusses the role of M2M in advanced security operations.

“With the creation of the nationwide public safety broadband network, public safety agencies will have greater access to broadband networks and the enhanced capabilities that come with them.”

Despite the strong market outlook, M2M for security applications will face adoption challenges like insufficient supporting resources, incompatible information systems, lack of in-house expertise and high cost. However, trends like adoption of satellite communication for disaster management and scalable urban security systems will support strong growth through the forecast period.