IHS, a global information and research company, credits the ever-increasing integration of IP technology and highly advanced sensors as the main drivers for expected market growth for speed gates, which end users are deploying in myriad applications. Technology advancements are also allowing for increased cost savings related to remote monitoring, providing systems integrators new options for their clients.
IHS estimated the world market for speed gates to be valued at $219.1 million in 2013 and forecast the market to grow to $310.0 million by 2017 in just released research.
According to the IHS definition, the speed gate works in a similar fashion to other entrance control technologies in the way that it enables authorized personnel to enter restricted areas. Speed gates are equipped with sensors, which detect the presence of people and objects as well as their direction of travel. A programmable logic controller (PLC) along with the sensors continuously scans the walkway evaluating the status of each entry attempt. Unauthorized access attempts and tailgating create both an audio and visual alarm within the turnstile. For the purposes of the report, unit shipments refer to the individual cabinets rather than the number of lanes.
IHS defines an “optical speed gate” as one with no barrier. A speed gate (which does have optical technology as it does sense someone’s presence with lasers) has a barrier.
According to IHS, the main advantage integrators and end-users have seen from purchasing IP-enabled devices is related to service costs. A speed gate on an IP network can be monitored from remote locations. This is valuable for integrators who can troubleshoot devices offsite, discover which part of a machine is not working and deploy a technician with the correct tools and parts to service the speed gate.
This cuts down substantially on the travel needed to be done by technicians. Technicians in the past often did not arrive on site with the necessary replacement parts because the diagnostics needed to be completed on site, resulting in multiple trips and added service costs.
“We see networkability and the web appliance capabilities of our entrance control lanes being of more interest to end-users. We see [the speed gate market] going towards providing [IP technology] to allow for remote diagnostics and remote troubleshooting. This is very powerful and is where our company is going and where we are getting a lot of traction so every new product we launch is networkable, IP-ready. Interest is definitely going towards having the ability to tap into different functionality and more information. Clients are being more receptive to these discussions and are seeing more and more value,” states a marketing executive for a multinational speed gate manufacturer.
While IP technology is still in its infancy in many parts of the world, North America and Western Europe have made strides to fully implement this solution type. However, this does not suggest all pedestrian entrance control end-users in these two regions have accepted the technology. For example, while there has been a large uptake of IP technology in North America over the past few years, it has been estimated that only half of consumers are fully embracing IP to integrate turnstiles with other security systems. Other end-users are unsure of future requirements and are choosing to purchase speed gates with IP functionality which can be implemented at a later date.
Overall, in order to take advantage of this market, it is important that manufacturers begin to offer IP functionality as integrators and end-users look to reduce the lifetime cost of products.
Airports Using Automation Technology for Airport Entrance Control
Airports are one vertical market IHS sees benefitting from the advancement of speed gate technology. In a bid to cut costs while maintaining acceptable levels of customer service, airports are adopting automation for repetitive tasks involving security and access control.