Remote offender monitoring market set to grow at over 10% to 2026

Gothenburg, Sweden

A new market report has just been released by Berg Insight on the Electronic Offender Monitoring solutions sector. This, the 2nd edition of the report, analyses the latest developments on the use of RF and GPS tracking solutions in the criminal justice systems in Europe, North America and South America.

The average daily caseload of monitored individuals in Europe, North America and Latin America amounted to about 50,000, 371,000 and 96,000 respectively during 2021. Berg Insight estimates that the number of daily users will grow to 77,000 in Europe, 821,000 in North America and 184,000 in Latin America by 2026. The market value in 2021 reached US$ 947 million in North America, US$ 224 million in Europe and US$ 75 million in Latin America. The total market value in the three regions combined is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 10.8 percent from US$ 1.2 billion in 2021 to US$ 2.1 billion in 2026.

Electronic monitoring (EM) programmes were first introduced in the US in the early 1980s. Today, EM is an established alternative to detention across Europe and North America and in some Latin American countries. EM can be used in various stages of the criminal justice system, including at pre-trial, at sentencing and following a period of incarceration.

There are two dominant technologies used for electronic monitoring – Radio Frequency (RF) and GPS. RF technology was the first technology to be used, enabling agencies to remotely monitor if offenders sentenced to home curfew complied with the rules of the programme. RF-based systems are today the most common type of solution in most European countries. In the US, Brazil and other countries in Latin America, GPS-based solutions are more common.

A number of private companies and public authorities are involved in the provisioning of EM, including supplying and installing equipment, providing monitoring as well as undertaking enforcement. In North America, Latin America and in some European jurisdictions, private sector companies are highly involved. In most European countries, private companies mainly supply equipment and software while public authorities are responsible for installation, monitoring and enforcement.

Key players

Leading providers of EM equipment and services include US-based BI Inc. (GEO Group), Sentinel Offender Services, Scram Systems, Securus Technologies, Shadowtrack and Track Group; UK-based Buddi and G4S (Allied Universal); Israel-based Attenti (Allied Universal) and Supercom; and Brazil-based Spacecom and Synergye.


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