UK Access Control Systems and Electronic Security Market records slight growth
The UK Access Control Systems and Electronic Security Market has started to recover following several years of relatively poor performance, a recent market research report from AMA Research has been able to suggest.
The paper suggests that the market grew by around 4% in 2015 at installed prices, the slight upturn being driven by improvements in the construction sector, but the market remains very competitive, with high levels of cheaper imports and competitive prices in the technology sector.
Data published in the report suggests that lower levels of major construction projects and RMI programmes in the public sector have impacted on the CCTV, access control and intruder alarm sectors.
However, technological developments have continued to drive the replacement market in particular, e.g. remote monitoring, cloud based surveillance etc. Other driving factors include an increasing focus on overall lifecycle cost of a system including product, installation, operational costs, monitoring and management costs, the greater involvement of IT software and system providers in the electronic security industry driven by technological developments, as well as the increasing emphasis on providing a full product and service package i.e. equipment, software, remote monitoring and maintenance.
“Technological developments have continued to drive the replacement market in particular, as companies upgrade their systems to incorporate remote monitoring – including wireless technology and cloud-based solutions,” said Keith Taylor, Director of AMA Research.
“As a result, several key players in the market have formed collaborative partnerships with IT suppliers to facilitate the integration of different products in response to end users increasing requirements for integrated systems combining video surveillance, access control and intruder alarms.”
In the short to medium term future, the prospects for the overall electronic security market are positive, with commercial and public sector applications each accounting for over 15% of installed value.
Recent Government announcements outlined increases in capital spending on infrastructure and education, with a consistent level of spend committed on health, with student accommodation possibly representing a growth area going forward.
The sustained economic recovery should also support installations in some private end-use sectors. Construction levels in the office sector are expected to experience growth of between 5% and 8% annually up to 2019, and demand in general is improving, although the large supply base in this sector is likely to support the replacement and upgrade of security systems rather than large scale new installations. Overall, the UK electronic security and access control market is forecast to see growth rates of 4-6% per annum until 2020, reflecting a strong focus on security going forward.
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