One of the key trends driving this growth is the replacement of 125 kHz proximity readers with 13.56 MHz smart card readers. This trend is set to accelerate over the next two years following the introduction of the government mandate HSPD-12.
Analyst Paul Everett from IMS Research commented, “In order to comply with HSPD-12, government facilities will need to replace their existing access control credentials with Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards. They will also need to replace their card readers with FIPS 201 compliant smart card readers. This will lead to tremendous demand for access controls over the next two years as government facilities replace their existing access controls to meet the October 27th 2008 deadline.”
The impact of HSPD-12 will also have a knock-on effect within the commercial sector with access control back in the focus of organizations throughout the Americas. In addition, the move to IP-based access control systems, wireless technologies, integration with other security systems and the convergence of physical and logical access control are all forecast to drive growth over the next five years.
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