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HID Global survey reveals strong trend for deploying access control solutions

January 19, 2016 1:41 pm

Wisam Yaghmour, Regional Sales Director MEA, with HID Global

HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions has completed a survey that found that secure access solutions are a concern for many organisations across the Middle East.

A region-wide HID Global survey revealed that 52 percent of the respondents have already deployed basic secure access solutions to protect their interests, with almost 50 per cent of organisations planning to upgrade their access within the next 12 months.

This indicates a strong upward trend for deploying advanced secure access control solutions. The most commonly relied on solutions for 29 percent of respondents were found to be basic access card solutions, while 26 percent still used photo identification.

39 percent of respondents felt the addition of biometrics would enhance their secure access solution, while 34 percent desired mobile access features for future upgrades.

The survey polled company owners/directors, security managers, facility managers, consultants, IT/technical staff, and other individuals involved in the roll out of access control security solutions within the organisation. Those polled were mainly from the banking & finance sector, healthcare, oil & gas and government sectors.

“It’s very encouraging to see that most of the organisations surveyed appreciate the importance of secure access solutions, and have already undertaken steps to protect their assets,” said Wisam Yaghmour, Regional Sales Director MEA, with HID Global. “However, the findings show that there is still work to be done as a lot of organisations are either not protecting themselves entirely or are using antiquated secure access solutions that can be bypassed by skilled intruders,” he added.

48 percent of the individuals polled indicated their organisation did not have an access control system installed, owing to a belief that their premises were secure enough (45 percent), or that they did not have skilled staff to manage such a system (47 percent). While these are alarming stats, some of the respondents indicated they are planning to roll out secure access within the next 12 months (41 percent), while others expressed interest but are not sure when the roll out would take place (37 percent). Only 22 percent said no, categorically, to deploying secure access solutions in the future.

Organisations that had already deployed secure access solutions also expressed interest in expanding the breadth of capabilities offered by their existing system. 39 percent of the respondents said that they wanted biometrics, while 34 percent cited mobile access is what they would most like to have. Nine percent of the respondents would like to roll out gate/parking access control solutions, while a further two percent were interested in license plate recognition.

“With security there’s no finish line, as threats evolve so must the technology you deploy to protect yourself from unscrupulous individuals. This is the reason HID Global constantly develops advanced solutions and innovates with new, cutting edge technology such as HID Mobile Access. We’re here at Intersec to demonstrate exactly what we can do for companies of any size,” explained Yaghmou.

Additional survey results:
•Organisations use chip card systems (20 percent), basic access cards (29 percent), key fobs ( four percent), photo ID (26 percent), CCTV (16 percent), intrusion alarms ( three percent) and other systems (two percent)
•Additional secure access features that drew interest were mobile access (34 percent), biometrics (39 percent), gate/parking access control ( nine percent), license plate recognition (two percent), canteen payments (seven percent), print on demand (five percent) and other unlisted features (four percent)
•73 percent of those polled said they preferred an open system that allowed them to integrate security access control solutions from different vendors. 27 percent said they wanted a closed/proprietary system from a single vendor

Visit HID Global at Intersec 2016
HID Global will demonstrate its mobile access solutions at Intersec 2016. HID Mobile Access® supports Bluetooth Smart and NFC to securely open doors with smartphones and other smart devices, while enabling the future use of smart devices for a range of applications.

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