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Saudi Arabia access control market headed for fast growth

The access control market in Saudi Arabia is witnessing rapid growth as governments and large enterprises increase investments in securing smart infrastructure projects and aim to create smart connected environments.

Wisam Yaghmour
Wisam Yaghmour, HID Global

The Kingdom’s access control market is forecast to reach $1.2 billion by 2020, according ‘Saudi Arabia Access Control Systems Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020.’

Businesses in Saudi Arabia are rapidly leveraging mobile technology in their workplaces. The freedom of choice to enable access control from smartphones and wearables is driving organisations such as financial institutions, transport, oil and gas, and SMB’s to upgrade their current access control systems to mobile access, which can be used in a mixed technology environment along with advanced smartcards.

“The public sector is emerging as a major contributor to the rapidly growing access control market, as a result of its investments in smart infrastructure projects,” said Wisam Yaghmour, Regional Sales Director MEA with HID Global.

“HID Global is focused on helping government agencies, large enterprises and industries to be future ready and create connected environments that blend identity management and physical access control solutions to deliver a highly secure and convenient experience for end-users. With advanced Seos smartcards and mobile access, we are helping organisations in the Kingdom to meet these demands, while ensuring privacy is protected.”

In Saudi Arabia, there is also an increase in demand for secure ID cards, especially in, large enterprises and government offices to ensure that employees and visitors are protected without compromising on security or a good user experience. Features such as personalisation, lamination, engraving, encoding, as well as embedded smart chips are being increasingly adopted as additional layers of security. These features will play an important role in increasing security by making it more difficult to create counterfeit ID badges. While importance is placed on the authenticity of the ID cards themselves, the speed at which they are delivered and the layers of security they combine, are also critical factors. Wi-Fi capabilities will further help facilitate a more flexible access control ecosystem by enabling administrators to issue access control cards anytime, anywhere.

HID Global will be taking part at Intersec Saudi Arabia where it conduct live demonstrations of its solutions, advanced smart card technologies for upgrading, and industry-leading card issuance solutions.

Intersec Saudi Arabia will be held from 2nd to 4th May, HID will be at Stand A45 at Jeddah Center for Forums & Events.

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