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The vast majority of the installed base of access control readers, panels and electronic locks is in the form of credentials—not surprising given the requirement that each user possess a card or pass. Although making up a majority of the market, credentials growth is slowing because turnover is high, with employees moving through jobs and people misplacing credentials cards or passes.

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Analyst Insights View All (122)

  • Anna Sliwon | March 12, 2018
    Even though the purchasing of intruder alarm systems and smart security systems is increasingly a lifestyle-related choice, rather than based purely on the security and safety needs of the end user, the majority of customers purchasing intruder alarms are usually approached by a security provider or dealer when they move to a new area or through direct home advertising. This requires significant investment in targeted marketing activities which can quickly eat into company profits.
  • Anna Sliwon | February 27, 2018
    The year of 2017 saw new players from the technology space increase their share of the intrusion market with DIY offerings, as well as a greater number of traditional intruder alarm providers adding DIY solutions to their portfolios.
  • Bryan Montany | February 26, 2018
    In 2017, global building automation equipment revenue totaled $5.4 billion, growing 3.8 percent from the previous year. This figure includes the sales of sensors, controllers, actuators, and gateways that are utilized in building automation systems that monitor and regulate the climate in commercial buildings.


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Primary analysis on the equipment market encompassing readers, panels, credentials, software and electronic locks, with additional analysis on wireless devices, open standards and protocols, and project size.
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Reports View All (22)

  • Security Vertical Research Package
    Jacky Zhang | January 10, 2018
    This is the first edition of the IHS Markit report on physical security in the city surveillance market. The aim of this report is to give end-users insight into the key risks, critical success factors, and challenges that they face in identifying, specifying, and operating physical security solutions.
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  • Robert Brooks | January 04, 2018
    This 2018 study provides a comprehensive, detailed overview of the global market for Vehicle Entrance Control Equipment. This is the fifth edition of the study. The goal of this report is to provide market and technical executives with an up-to-date, thorough assessment of the market and to forecast the impact of significant trends over the next five years.
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  • Anna Sliwon | January 03, 2018
    This 2017 study provides a comprehensive, detailed view of the Western European market for intruder alarms. This is the second edition covering the Western European market, and it comes as part of the series of reports by IHS Markit on the market for intrusion equipment.
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Data View All (22)

  • Anna Sliwon | February 28, 2018
    The aim of IHS Markit in writing this report is to provide marketing and technical executives with an up-to-date, comprehensive assessment of the market, and to forecast the impact of significant trends affecting demand over the next five years. The report provides detailed estimates of market revenues and shipments in 2017 and forecasts growth for the years 2018 to 2022. This is the third edition of the Access Control as a Service market report.
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  • Jim Dearing | February 06, 2018
    An unprecedented study on the growing cybersecurity threat to modern electronic access control systems.
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  • Security Vertical Research Package
    Oliver Philippou | October 18, 2017
    As an element of the Security Vertical Applications Intelligence Service, this database provides comprehensive estimates and forecasts of the market segmented by a broad range of criteria including equipment type, vertical market, geographic region, and service type.
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Analysts View All (8)

  • Icon Principal Analyst
    Blake Kozak is a principal analyst with the Security and Building Technologies group within IHS.
  • Icon Associate Director, Access Control & Fire
    Justin Siller is an associate director for the access control & fire group at IHS. Justin joined IHS in 2008 and since 2011 has managed the group with direct responsibility for setting the strategic direction of this group and managing the respective team of analysts.
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