(EDGAR Online via COMTEX) -- ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the "Quarterly Report") contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve substantial risks and uncertainties including particularly statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, business strategy, prospective products and services, timing and likelihood of success, plans and objectives of management for future operations, and future results of current and anticipated products and services. These statements involve uncertainties, such as known and unknown risks, and are dependent on other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance or achievements we express or imply. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "could," "intend," "target," "project," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Quarterly Report and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions described under the sections in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, entitled "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made in this Form 10-Q and in other documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") that disclose risks and uncertainties that may affect our business. The forward-looking statements in this Form 10-Q do not reflect the potential impact of any divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, or other business combinations that had not been completed as of the date of this filing. Because forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified and some of which are beyond our control, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Specific factors that might cause actual results to differ from our expectations include, but are not limited to:
? significant risks, uncertainties and other considerations discussed in this report;
? operating risks, including supply chain, equipment or system failures, cyber and other malicious attacks and other events that could affect the amounts and timing of revenues and expenses;
? reputational risks affecting customer confidence or willingness to do business with us;
? financial market conditions and the results of financing efforts;
? our ability to successfully identify, integrate and complete acquisitions and dispositions, including the integration of the Waycare Acquisition and STS Acquisition;
? our ability to access the public markets for debt or equity capital;
? political, legal, regulatory, governmental, administrative and economic conditions and developments in the United States ("U.S.") and other countries in which we operate and, in particular, the impact of recent and future federal, state and local regulatory proceedings and changes, including legislative and regulatory initiatives associated with our products;
? current and future litigation;
? competition from other companies with an established position in the markets we have recently entered or are seeking to enter or from other companies who are seeking to enter markets we already serve;
? our failure to successfully develop products using our technology that are accepted by the markets we serve or intend to serve or the development of new technologies that change the nature of our business or provide our customers with products or services superior to or less expensive than ours;
? the inability of our strategic plans and goals to expand our geographic markets, customer base and product and service offerings;
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? risks associated with pandemics and other global health emergencies, such as the spread of a novel strain of coronavirus ("COVID-19") around the world since the first quarter of 2020 which has caused significant volatility in U.S. and international markets and has created significant uncertainty around the breadth and duration of business disruptions related to COVID-19, as well as its impact on the U.S. and international economies; and
? risks associated with cyberattacks on international, national, local and Company information infrastructure by rogue businesses or criminal elements or by agents of governments engaged in asymmetric disruptions for competitive, economic, or military reasons.
Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described herein. Other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements even though our situation may change in the future. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.
The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read together with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report and the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 (the "2021 Annual Report") and any updates contained herein as well as those set forth in our reports and other filings made with the SEC.
We are a global leader in the development and implementation of intelligent infrastructure focused on addressing critical challenges across transportation management, public safety, and key commercial markets. With a real-time intelligence platform driven by deep access to data, AI-powered software, and smart optical devices at-the-edge, we combine our industry expertise and advanced proprietary technologies to deliver unrivaled insights that increase roadway safety, efficiency, and sustainability while enabling safer, smarter, and more connected cities and communities. We provide products and services across 80 countries as we deliver transformative mission-critical intelligent infrastructure solutions and services for government agencies and commercial clients in the United States and around the world.
Society is increasingly digital, automated, and information flows occur in real-time. Technological advancements in the past decade have transformed the way people connect, interact, and transact with others and with the world around them. Infrastructure is the backbone of a functioning economy: people, vehicles, materials, and information all require 24/7 mobility, something that depends on well-maintained, synchronized networks and systems. Unfortunately, many areas of the world are faced with aging and legacy infrastructure today resulting from decades of neglect and underinvestment, particularly in the sectors of transportation, mobility, and public safety. The cost, complexity and interdependency of these systems have made many organizations slow to adopt advances in technology. This creates a digital divide between what is made possible by technology, and the current reality of infrastructure today.
Continued population growth and increased urbanization present unprecedented economic, mobility, public safety, and environmental challenges to cities, states, and metropolitan areas. Today's challenges cannot be solved by simply replicating existing approaches and adding more legacy technology. For the ongoing mobility transformation to keep up with fast-changing global dynamics requires inventive approaches. Enhancements in data collection, analytics and communications can be employed.
Smarter, data-driven solutions can make better use of existing infrastructure, rather than tearing it up and starting over. Roads, bridges, tunnels, and residential areas have much "to tell us" about how to optimally serve the public with an efficient, safe, and healthy living environment if we tap into the data it can provide and exploit that knowledge intelligently. Successful approaches will leverage AI-powered software, smart devices, data, and solutions that can integrate into existing infrastructure and workflows. We see this as the path to intelligence-driven infrastructure and one that gives us a clear market advantage.
Bridging the Divide
Spurred by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the United States, we expect the world to see a once-in-a-generation surge of investment in infrastructure and competitiveness. The bill allocates $550 billion in new spending, spread out over five years, to rebuild roads, bridges and rails, and airports, in addition to providing high-speed internet access and addressing climate concerns. As part of this, federal, state, and local governments are prioritizing strategic investments dedicated to improving existing transportation management and increasing public safety through modern, efficient and connected infrastructure. Officials are also planning for roadways of the future that can account for connected and autonomous vehicles. With these investments, we estimate an addressable global intelligent infrastructure market of $148 billion by 2026.
With access to multiple sources of data and our award winning AI-driven innovations, we believe we have established a leadership position in intelligent infrastructure solutions that puts us at the center of this emerging opportunity. With our advanced technology and domain expertise, we have developed solutions that address diverse use cases across a number of public and private sector segments. Using our proprietary centralized platform to maximize the value of our technology to customers, we are well positioned to help governments and businesses collect, analyze and turn infrastructure data into insights with new products and services that increase mobility and safety, drive revenue, and power innovation for billions of people and trillions of interactions.
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As described below, we have concentrated on developing our intelligent infrastructure solutions to work through a single integrated platform, which creates a unique, market-advantaged position for us. The volume, variety, velocity, and veracity of data that we capture and apply to our proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning models provide us with an even greater advantage. From the very beginning, we have been collecting, aggregating, cleansing, extracting, transforming, and using data to build and improve our models.
Today, we can look at the roadway and extract and process a deeply detailed picture of the environment and what is moving in that environment with an unmatched level of accuracy in our inferences, predictive analytics, and insights. We are rapidly growing the geographic area connected by smart optical IoT devices at-the-edge to the open architecture of our Rekor One intelligence platform. In addition to digitizing existing infrastructure by capturing real-time data from new and existing roadway devices, our platform enables us to extend the scope of our knowledge via proprietary algorithms that pull the data and process it through our models. This reduces our clients' need to invest in legacy system upgrades and gives them the ability to gain additional value from existing infrastructure. Beyond this, we are augmenting our data through a growing network of data partners. This provides multiple trillions of additional data points that unlock further real-time and predictive operational insights about what is happening in a given transportation environment at every moment. Example data sources from our partner network include mobility, navigation, and traffic applications, in-vehicle data, connected, autonomous vehicles ("CAV") datasets, weather, supply chain, event management, and a rapidly growing list of customer-provided and crowd-sourced data. The more data we capture and inject into our machine learning models, the smarter and more accurate they become. Due to the incredible strength and accuracy of our models, we can extract more data from the roadways than ever before possible, and generate rich multi-dimensional insights for our customers about what is happening in real-time. In addition, we use AI-driven predictive analytics to forecast what will happen in the next five minutes, in 12 or 24 hours, and even days and months into the future. From these insights, customers can make better informed proactive decisions and achieve improved operational efficiency through a more strategic allocation of resources. All of this is facilitated by our proprietary Rekor One(TM) intelligence platform.
Fueled by Data and Artificial Intelligence
At the core of all our intelligent infrastructure solutions is the Rekor One intelligence platform. Fueled by rich data and powered by AI, Rekor One is purpose-built to be a single source of truth and insights serving multiple customer segments and multiple missions. From Rekor One, we can simultaneously deliver vertical-specific solutions for traffic management, public safety, and commercial markets.
With the Rekor One platform as our foundation, we collect and transform data into information, and information into knowledge to give governments and businesses a comprehensive picture of roadways, vehicles, traffic, incidents, and more. Our solutions deliver unrivaled insights that increase roadway safety, efficiency, and sustainability while enabling safer, smarter, and more connected cities and communities.
Built on the foundation of Rekor One, we deliver vertical-specific solutions for traffic management, public safety, and commercial markets.
Example use-cases we can support include:
? Traffic management and analytics
The Road Ahead
We believe the world is at an inflection point. In the next five years, governments will make significant investments to improve aging infrastructure, roadway conditions, and public safety via modern, efficient, and connected infrastructure. Recent technological developments such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, edge- and cloud-based computing, and advances in rich data management have put us in a unique position to help revolutionize mobility through intelligent infrastructure and close the gap between rapidly evolving technology and aging, legacy infrastructure. These are not just our aspirational goals, but things we're working on now. By aggregating data from optical sensors, connected vehicles, and third-party providers, processing it using artificial intelligence, and packaging it to provide real-time insights and long-term solutions for intelligent infrastructure, we sustainably help governments and businesses address both issues of aging infrastructure and the unprecedented mobility, public safety, economic, and environmental challenges they face.
We believe our leadership in intelligent infrastructure solutions, advanced technology, and breadth of use cases across multiple industries puts us in an advantaged market position at the forefront of developing a new economy and poised to unlock massive gains as we provide governments and businesses with new products and services that use trillions of intelligent infrastructure interactions to increase safety and sustainability, drive revenue, and power innovation for the benefit of billions of people.
Our operations are conducted by our wholly-owned subsidiaries, Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. ("Rekor Recognition"), Waycare Technologies, Ltd. ("Waycare") and Southern Traffic Services, Inc. ("STS").
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Opportunities, Trends and Uncertainties
We look to identify the various trends, market cycles, uncertainties and other factors that may provide us with opportunities and present challenges that impact our operations and financial condition from time to time. Although there are many that we may not or cannot foresee, we believe that our results of operations and financial condition for the foreseeable future will be primarily affected by the following:
? Growing Smart City Market - According to a United Nations report, about two-thirds of the world population will live in urban areas by 2050. Our cities are getting larger, with longer commutes, bigger roads and the resulting impact on the environment and the quality of life. This trend requires forward-thinking officials to manage assets and resources more efficiently. We believe that advancements in "big data" connected devices and artificial intelligence can provide Intelligent Transportation System ("ITS") solutions that can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, improve transportation, protect the environment, respond to climate change, and enhance the quality of life. We believe our data-driven, artificial intelligence-aided solutions provide useful tools that can effectively tackle the challenges cities and communities are facing today and will face over the coming decades.
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? Expansion of Automated Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Laws - We expect contactless compliance programs to be expanded as the types of vehicle related violations authorized for automated enforcement increase and experience provides localities with a better understanding of the circumstances where it is and is not beneficial. We believe that future legislation will increasingly allow for automated enforcement of regulations such as motor vehicle insurance requirements. Communities are currently searching for better means of achieving compliance with minor vehicle offenses, such as lapsed registrations, and safety issues such as motorists who fail to stop for school buses. For example, due to high rates of fatalities and injuries to law enforcement and other emergency response crews on roadsides, several states are considering authorizing automated enforcement of violations where motorists fail to slow down and/or move over for emergency responders and law enforcement vehicles at the side of the road. To the extent that legislative implementation is required, a deliberative and necessarily time-consuming process is involved. However, as states expand auto enforcement, the market for our products and services should broaden in the public safety market.
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? Pressure on Government Budgets - COVID-19 has caused significant strain on government budgets. With less money to spend and more need for resources, government agencies need affordable, effective, and scalable solutions for revenue recovery and discovery. With subscription pricing and an intelligent infrastructure platform that accomplishes multiple . . .
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