Physical security and access control for industry market poised for growth

Source: ARC

Jan 16, 2012

The global physical security and access control (PS-AC) market for industrial applications is gradually changing due to fluctuating market dynamics.

The global physical security and access control (PS-AC) market for industrial applications is gradually changing due to fluctuating market dynamics. Post 9/11 security issues were given top priority and the PS-AC market saw a huge demand for security products.But during the recent economic recession, spending on security has decreased due to reduced budgets. Even though spending on security decreased, the overall market observed growth because budget cuts were not as severe for security as they were for other departments. Protection of assets is critical for many industries; hence to a small extent the PS-AC market for industrial plants was able to withstand the impact of the recession.

The demand for PS-AC solutions is diverse and varies from region to region. North America and Europe observed the least growth as end users faced slashed budgets. On the other hand, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America saw high growth as a result of industrialization and infrastructure development. Asian countries are growing at a scorching pace, especially India and China. Textile, electronics, automobile, and consumer goods are the booming industries in Asia. In the Middle East, investments are being made in large infrastructure projects in oil & gas, petrochemical, electricity, water, and telecommunication sectors. Government regulations also play a major role in the PS-AC market. Industries requiring critical infrastructure have to comply with strict regulations and mandatorily invest heavily in PS-AC solutions.

The physical security and access control market is experiencing a major shift toward IP based solutions. Until now most of the security solutions were analog, but IP based solutions have started to garner more confidence in the market space. This shift is influencing equipment purchases, upgrades, processes, and training. Integrating analog devices with IP based devices is a challenge; hence demand for intelligent PS-AC systems is low in mature economies such as the US and Europe. In these regions, suppliers have to rely heavily on retrofit projects. “These users want to implement state-of-the-art systems, but they must navigate around the existing security or access control infrastructure in their facilities,” according to ARC Research Analyst Joseph Gillespie, principal author of ARC Advisory Group’s new study, “Physical Security and Access Control Systems for Industry Worldwide Outlook”. “IP is new to many system integrators as well, and hybrid projects are even more complex. So in this situation, suppliers can train systems integrators and installers to help them better meet end-users’ needs,” adds ARC Analyst Inderpreet Shoker, co-author of the study.

Learn more about the Physical Security and Access Control Systems for Industry Worldwide Outlook study

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