Over the next five years shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications across the EU will increase significantly. According to analysts Berg Insight shipments numbers will grow from last year's 2.3 million units to nearly 22 million in 2014. Within the same period the number of alarm systems and tracking devices monitored from an alarm receiving centre or similar venue will grow from about 10 million in 2009 to 34 million by the end of 2014.
Vehicle tracking and recovery is a major application area for wireless M2M communication in the security industry. Devices combining GPS and GSM/GPRS technologies enable any mobile object to be monitored. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles constitute the main target markets by virtue of numbers and individual value, but there are also many niche markets such as the construction industry, leisure vehicles and boats.
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