Need for Integrated Access Control Boosts Electromechanical Security


Consumers will show an increasing interest in the electromechanical security (EMS) market due to the current focus on enterprise-wide access control systems and the hardware that enables these solutions, according to new research by Frost & Sullivan.

Electromechanical locks represent an important element in access control market as they enable integrators and vendors to incorporate all doors and access points into one comprehensive solution, according to the report.

The new analysis also reveals that the market earned revenues of $96.8 million in 2006, and estimates this to reach $198.2 million in 2013.

“Owing to the convergence in the security market, hardware vendors push to provide hardware to enable the integration of hardware products into a comprehensive enterprise-wide security solution,” says Frost and Sullivan Research Analyst Dilip Sarangan. “The introduction of electrified hardware has facilitated the integration of door hardware with electronic access control products and various biometrics readers, thus improving security in facilities.”

However, Sarangan says the cost of incorporating hardware into each door is relatively high, consequently raising the cost of installing access control systems to the range of $2,000 to $5,000 per opening, depending upon the vendor and technology. In most new installations, building contractors try to reduce costs by not prioritizing door hardware. Yet, some building owners will quickly upgrade the hardware to improve security and reduce overall cost of ownership.

End-user segments that find the cost of integrating hundreds of doors in a comprehensive access control system expensive, may choose to continue using their current solutions and wait for prices to decrease, rather than overhaul their systems in the immediate future, according to Sarangan.

“In the physical security market, like in others, hardware prices are expected to drop once general market awareness increases and participants realize the need for such access control solutions,” he says. “This will likely occur within two years and once it happens, this technology will become accessible across all verticals.”

If you enjoyed this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Security Is Our Business, Too

For professionals who recommend, buy and install all types of electronic security equipment, a free subscription to Security Sales & Integration is like having a consultant on call. You’ll find an ideal balance of technology and business coverage, with installation tips and techniques for products and updates on how to add sales to your bottom line.

A free subscription to the #1 resource for the residential and commercial security industry will prove to be invaluable. Subscribe today!

Subscribe Today!

Get Our Newsletters