In a statement released Friday, market research firm IMS Research identified several trends expected to drive growth in the post-recession global access control market, which is forecast to top $1.8 billion in 2010.
According to market analyst Blake Kozak, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), web-based access control and electronic cylinder locks will play a big part in the future of the access control market.
"Integration is an exhausted topic and one that has been thrown around for a number of years," he said in the statement. "While the idea of integrating logical and physical access control is finally a reality, most notably in the healthcare sector to protect patient records, the true trends gaining traction in the market are SaaS, web-based systems and electronic cylinders, all of which utilize the capability of an IP infrastructure."
IMS says that the market has seen an "influx" of SaaS and web-based access control technologies as access control manufacturers and service providers look to make to access control simpler to deploy and cheaper to own for small businesses.
"Web-based access control systems will continue to gain market acceptance, particularly in the Americas where there is a preference towards 'out-of-the-box' type solutions," Kozak said. "In the long-term vendors offering flexible and adaptable solutions are likely to gain major traction as the market recovers and customers turn their attention to ROI."
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