The global IMSI catcher market is estimated to be valued at US$ 121.25 Million in 2022 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 13.25% over the forecast period 2023-2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
The IMSI catcher, also known as a stingray, is a surveillance device used to intercept mobile phone traffic and track the location of mobile devices. It is used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies to track a suspect’s location and eavesdrop on calls.
IMSI catchers are cell phone surveillance devices that can locate and track mobile phones in a specific location. They effectively mimic cell towers to connect to mobile phones and extract data like IMSI and IMEI numbers. This allows identifying, tracking, intercepting calls and monitoring phone activity without needing access to provider records. The device advantages are easy deployment and real-time interception of phone data with minimal target interaction.
Market key trends:
One of the key trends in the IMSI catcher market is the increasing adoption of IMSI catcher apps by individuals and private companies. Some IMSI catcher apps mimic the functions of IMSI catchers on a small scale to locate and monitor nearby phones. While limited in range and data access compared to dedicated devices, IMSI catcher apps allow users to perform surveillance functions without specialized equipment. This has raised significant privacy concerns with the proliferation of commercial snooping tools. The access to location tracking and phone metadata by nearly anyone using an app has privacy advocates calling for regulations on commercial sale and use of IMSI catcher apps. Overall, the trend shows private adoption of government-grade surveillance technology intended for law enforcement is an evolving aspect of the IMSI catcher market.
The IMSI catcher market is segmented into Type, Service, and Application. Based on Type, the handheld segment dominated the market with the highest market share in 2021 due to portability and easy operation capabilities of handheld IMSI catchers. Handheld IMSI catchers allow security and law enforcement agencies to detect and identify mobile devices in target areas discreetly.
The Global IMSI Catcher Market Size is expected to witness high growth, exhibiting CAGR of 13.25% over the forecast period, due to increasing demand for mobile surveillance systems from law enforcement agencies and growing security threats worldwide.
North America dominated the IMSI catcher market with the largest market share in 2021 owing to constant upgrades in existing surveillance infrastructure and presence of major IMSI catcher manufacturers in the region. Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the fastest growth over the forecast period due to growing terrorism activities and increasing government investments in public safety in major countries such as China and India.
Key players operating in the IMSI catcher market are Proximus LLC, Comstrac Limited, 4Intelligence, Phantom Technologies LTD, KAVIT Electronics Industries LTD., PKI Electronic Intelligence GmbH., Red Eye International Ltd., Septier Communication Ltd., Helios Technologies and L3Harris Technologies, Inc., and Novoquad, Inc. Proximus LLC dominated the market owing to its strong product portfolio for mobile interception and surveillance applications.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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