PoC Features and Benefits

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The PoC Market

The PoC market is growing at a healthy rate, and it is driven not just by LTE technology, but also by the increase in mobile workforces, and the global adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT).  In June of this year, Forbes Business Insights estimated that the global PoC market value was $12B in 2019 and projected it to reach $25.5B by 2027 with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10%, and North America is expected to lead the market share during that period.  There has also been a proven demand for PoC services.  At its peak in 2005, Nextel had over twenty million subscribers in the United States and served 198 of the top 200 markets.

Business which use PoC services are looking for wide-area communications with a low startup cost. These include security, construction, healthcare, hospitality, property management, manufacturing, and others.  PoC is particularly useful for businesses with vehicle fleets and employees such as security guards that work inside and outside the vehicles.  PoC also provides a cost-effective solution for organizations, such as retail outlets or hotels, where traditional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) solutions might be more than is required or too high of an investment.

PoC Features and Benefits

Traditional wide-area private radio networks require significant up-front Capital Expenditures (CAPEX), that include base stations, repeaters, routers, and antennas.  PoC is based on Operational Expenditures (OPEX) with a low-cost, subscription-based service.  Think of PoC as Radio as a Service, where the only up-front investment is the PoC devices and SIM cards.

Since PoC uses existing 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi networks, there is no need to purchase, operate and maintain any infrastructure. This reduces capital equipment costs, day-to-day operating costs, and eliminates the need for expensive frequency licenses required by private LMR systems.  LTE and Wi-Fi networks also provide the bandwidth for reliable bodycam video streaming.

Another benefit of using cellular and Wi-Fi networks is that PoC systems can be deployed very quickly. PoC radios and bodycams can work out-of-the-box with SIM cards pre-installed, and system configuration is done through an easy-to-use web-based dispatch application.  

PoC technology enables subscribers to make one-to-one (individual) calls or one-to-many (group) calls to different groups of people at the same time over a mobile operator’s network.  One press of a button on a rugged handheld device and you are talking to your group or an individual.  PoC devices with video capabilities enable instant video conferencing with dispatcher applications.

PoC devices with integrated GPS enable location tracking with a dispatch application.  This is an essential tool for managing, scheduling, and tracking security guards and mobile patrols.  PoC dispatch applications that support Geo Fencing provide alarm triggers when guards enter hazardous areas, or when mobile patrols stray from defined territories.  Dispatchers are typically web-based applications allowing for easy deployments and minimal start-up costs.

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