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Tunnel Automation Market Overview
Tunnels are passages built to provide the shortest possible routes and reduce traffic up to a large extent by creating special paths. It allows rapid transportation of vehicles, goods, and people but at the expense of higher risks and costs. Automation in the tunnel provides flawless signaling, communication, ventilation, lighting, emergency response, surveillance systems, and many more. Automation helps reduce high risks, costs, human efforts involved in traditional tunneling, and provides maximum safety by creating a faultless environment for smoother transportation. Software simulations of tunnel allow controller functionalities to be tested, optimized, and then applied to the real-world scenario. It helps reduce the time consumed in engineering and lower the costs of expensive testing on the real object.
Growing demand for enhanced safety and security due to rise in incidents of road accidents; increasing integration of tunnel automation solutions with innovative technologies like cloud storage and internet of things (IoT); integration of analytics in tunnel management; strict government regulations; and rising number of tunnel construction projects around the world are some of the key factors driving the global tunnel automation market.
The tunnel automation market in terms of offering is categorized into hardware, software, and services. Among these, the services category is expected to grow at the fastest rate in the forecast period (2020-2030) due to the constant requirement for installation of firefighting; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); electrical & lighting; and other systems. Also, project management and execution, design and engineering, maintenance services, and life cycle management are some other important factors driving the growth of market under the services category.
The tunnel automation market based on tunnel type is categorized into railway, and highway and roadway. Between these, the railway category led the market with a rising number of new railway infrastructure projects on a global scale to boost connectivity, and growing integration of tunnel automation solutions to enhance security during peak hours. To avoid accidents and reduce manual management of tunnels, railway network authorities are shifting focus toward automated railway tunnel systems.
The tunnel automation market on the basis of component is categorized into HVAC, lighting & power supply, indicators, and others; wherein others include fire detection systems, traffic management systems, central control and monitoring systems, video surveillance systems, incident detection systems, communication systems, and gas detection systems. Among all major categories, the HVAC category is expected to post the highest growth rate during the forecast period. Since ventilation inside tunnels is extremely essential and its manual operation can be costly, HVAC automated systems can provide much easier solutions, and hence are gaining traction around the globe. This is also attributed to mandatory government regulations to provide air conditioning systems and ventilation in tunnels since these tunnels have limited access to natural ventilation. Functions of an HVAC system inside a tunnel include removing heat generated from metro and train subcomponents; supplying fresh air for passengers and work staff; preventing moisture formation; removing vapors and fumes from lightings, water coolers, and escalators; and removing other harmful gases, among others. The HVAC category is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period as well.
The lighting & power supply category is further categorized into tunnel lighting and power supply. Also, the indicators category is divided into traffic control systems, and public announcement and alarm systems.
Among all regions, Europe held the largest share in the tunnel automation market in 2019. This is ascribed to the growing demand for public transport across most of the cities, rising awareness regarding the improvement of rail and road safety among consumers, presence of various mountain ranges in the region, and presence of well-established manufacturing companies, which have led to wider adoption of tunnel automation systems. However, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to witness fastest growth in the forecast period, due to rise in urbanization and infrastructure projects, increasing public–private partnerships, established IT services, and rising public spending.
Tunnel Automation Market Dynamics
Despite technological improvements, road safety is a serious problem and social issue. Considering the fatalities occurred by mobility, consumers all around the globe are getting aware of the road safety, which has led the organizations to shift toward advanced systems, such as tunnel automation, for providing enhanced security, surveillance, lighting systems, and much more. According to Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 by the World Health Organization, annual road traffic deaths has touched approximately 1.35 million.
Integration of technologies like IoT is boosting the demand for tunnel automation systems. By automatically maintaining traversal of related information between the tunnel and control system, these eliminate the chances of human errors and allow higher uptime round the clock, increasing monitoring capabilities and safety. This helps to drive the growth of the tunnel automation market.
Tunnel Automation Market Competitive Landscape
The tunnel automation market is highly competitive in nature with the presence of various players. These players are rapidly launching new products to increase their presence among consumers. For instance, in 2019, the AKG Group, Amberg Technologies AG, and Elaborarium SL partnered with Fraunhofer IPM in a joint project for which an innovative multisensor system will be developed for efficient condition monitoring of tunnels.
Some of the key players operating in the global tunnel automation market are Siemens AG, Johnson Controls International plc, ABB Ltd., Sick Ag, Honeywell International Inc., Signify Netherlands B.V., Trane Inc., SWARCO AG, Eaton Corporation, and The Kapsch Group. Others players include PSI Incontrol Sdn Bhd, Agidens International NV, SOCIEDAD IBÉRICA DE CONSTRUCCIONES ELÉCTRICAS S.A., Indra Company, Osram GmbH, Advantech Co. Ltd., Codel International Ltd., General Electric Company, Phoenix Contact, and Delta Electronics Inc.
The report provides a country-wise analysis of the tunnel automation market. The major countries covered in the report are the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa, Turkey, the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
Market Size Breakdown by Segment
Based on Offering
Based on Tunnel Type
Based on Component