Gov’t Interest Drives Saudi Arabia Access Control Market

Biometric Access ControlTechSci Research has released a new report on the Saudi Arabia access control market, and it has a very positive outlook. Entitled “Saudi Arabia Access Control Systems Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”, the report predicts that the market will reach a value of $1.2 billion by that year.

TechSci says that access cards and biometric technologies are the current favorites in the Kingdom’s access control market, and credits the strong growth to the Saudi Kingdom’s increasing spending on security infrastructure. As we’ve seen, the government has been working on a national biometric registry – somewhat similar to India’s Aadhaar program – that is at least partly in the service of border control; and more explicitly, the government’s new biometric screening program for Umrah pilgrims has sought to better secure the country. Of course, those aren’t quite access control deployments, but they indicate the scale of the government’s interest in biometric technology for security purposes.

The report notes that there’s also strong interest in access control in the financial services sector as the country’s banks revamp their infrastructure. But government spending remains paramount, with increasing security threats throughout the Middle East pushing the government to spend even more on security.

In all cases, biometrics is playing an increasingly important role. In a report synopsis, TechSci Research Director Karan Chechi called it “a proven and stable technology,” adding that in the Kingdom, the “biometrics market is gaining momentum, with one of the largest contributors being the fingerprint biometrics segment, which accounts for the largest share due to the ease of usage and cost efficiency.”

April 21, 2015- by Alex Perala