Top Issues Influencing the Access Control Market in 2012, Part 2


A couple of weeks ago, I discussed a handful of issues that I believe are at the core of understanding how access control products and solutions will be used moving into the New Year.

Some of these trends included the move to mobility, the convergence of physical and logical access control solutions and federal mandates that are fueling more robust personal identification security. This week, I'd like to share the remaining five important issues that I believe will significantly influence how end-users, enterprises and government organizations will use security identity solutions in 2012. These are:

1. The emergence of wireless locksets. Wireless intelligent locksets connected to traditional physical access control systems will become more prevalent as lower cost, more energy-efficient models are introduced to the market. Additionally, these same locksets may help state and federal agencies meet PIV authentication requirements.

2. Increased use of outsourcing. We are seeing a continuation of the trend to outsourcing services as more end users look to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and Web-based access control solutions provided by both traditional physical access control and IT channel providers. This trend extends to badging services, which are offered via Web-based portals that provide a simple and secure way for customers to upload and communicate data, photos, and other information while reducing the cost and complexity of maintaining and operating a corporate-wide badging infrastructure.

3. Growing focus on integrated access systems. As a manufacturer of a large number of the devices used in integrated access control systems, HID Global is increasingly relied upon for products that are standards-based, open, and interoperable. US government mandates are driving standard-based protocols for use in integrated systems, where the integration recommended by FICAM and SP800-116 will shape systems for some time to come.

4. Rapid growth in vertical markets. The commercial industry was the fastest growing market for these products in 2010, but the government sector saw the most rapid growth in 2011. This is because of new mandates and legislation affecting US agencies. Other governments are taking their lead from the US, the UK, France, and potentially the Netherlands.

5. Introduction of new standards and legislation. SIA OSIPS, PSIA Area Control, Onvif, FIPS 201-2, FICAM Part B, RTCA 230C, and OMB 11-11 will impact the market this year, along with a host of other standards and legislation.

I welcome your opinion on the top 2012 issues I've highlighted over the past two weeks. Please let me know your thoughts by participating in the poll below.


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