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Report examines access control in the South African Market

Research And Markets : 23 December, 2009  (New Product)
Research and Markets report covers smart cards, proximity readers and various biometrics technologies in its examination of the access control market in the South African region
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan's new report 'South African Market for Access Control - Analysis by Technology Market' to their offering.

Electronic access control systems in South Africa have been gaining importance in the last decade due to the sophistication and rugged security they offer. Furthermore, flexibility in their deployment offers customers infinite reconfiguring options for various scenarios. 'The readiness to adopt technology to maintain security, both by the public sector as well as private corporations, is a positive trend,' says the analyst of this research. 'This has established the credibility of technologies such as smart cards and biometrics in providing the most foolproof authenticating mechanisms available in the global security space.' There is a high level of integration of access control, not only with other security systems, but also with systems such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), building management systems and lighting equipment. Stand-alone systems are gradually becoming outdated, as most customers are slowly migrating to integrated systems.

However, just as in any other technology market, the South African access control systems market is also threatened by the influx of low-cost Chinese products. These are rarely reliable and have risky return on investment (ROI). Such products affect the credibility of the respective technologies among the users who adopt them. 'Existing investments in legacy systems are deterring organisations from upgrading their systems before the end of the lifetime of such systems,' explains the analyst. 'However, with the advent of newer technologies, backward compatibility with legacy systems becomes a necessity.'

This is pivotal in reducing costs for customers. In the case of new installations, mutual compatibility of the different access control systems that are installed as multiple layers is critical for the efficient functioning of the system. 'Technological innovation results in better functions, operational improvements, and the availability of innovative features, making the products more attractive for end users,' concludes the analyst. 'End users are becoming increasingly aware of the various benefits and cost efficiencies associated with the use of new technologies.'


Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

By End-use Vertical: Mining, Financial services, Manufacturing, Retail, Public and Technologies.

The following technologies are covered in this research: Smart cards, Proximity cards, Fingerprint biometrics, Hand geometry and Iris recognition.

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled South African Market for Access Control: Analysis by Technology Market provides a strategic overview of the South African access control market. The study thoroughly examines the current trends in security industry and ways in which suppliers can take advantage of future opportunities. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following end-user sectors: mining, financial services, manufacturing, retail and public. The technologies covered in this research are smart cards, proximity cards, fingerprint biometrics, hand geometry and iris recognition.
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