Dubai – MENA Herald: 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. The Kingdom’s access control market is forecast to reach US$1.2 billion by 2020, according ‘Saudi Arabia Access Control Systems Market Forecast & 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 at Intersec Saudi Arabia:
See Live Demonstrations of HID Global’s mobile solutions, advanced smart card technologies for upgrading, and industry-leading card issuance solutions at Intersec Saudi Arabia, from May 2-4, Stand A45 at Jeddah Center for Forums & Events. Top demonstrations include:
• HID Mobile Access®, powered by Seos: New HID Mobile Access capabilities, including support for wearables such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear, plus HID Mobile Access Portal and App software developer kits (SDKs) that enable partners and end-users to create innovative, customised mobile access solutions (that can be fully integrated into their back-end systems). The solution supports NFC and Bluetooth Smart that enables HID Global‘s “Twist and Go” gesture technology.
● Access control and identity management solutions in a connected environment: Seos break-through credential technology, along with applications beyond door access, including time and attendance, secure printing, parking and vending.
● End-to-end physical access control partner solution: HID Global will also demonstrate an end-to-end physical access control solution to secure facilities in an ever evolving security landscape. The solution based on HID Global’s latest technology powered by Seos® credentials and readers is an IP access control system covering door access, video surveillance and intrusion detection in cooperation with HID Global’s partner IDCUBE and their Access360 platform (ACS360), an open architecture web based physical security & identity management platform. IDCUBE will be on hand to demonstrate how their solutions can help end users increase their security and choices of applications centred-on the Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) or Physical Access and Identity Management (PAIM) domain.
• Card Personalisation Solutions: HID Global offers the industry’s broadest range of card personalisation solutions. Demonstrations will include HID Global’s FARGO® ID Card Printer/Encoder range of solutions that are cost-effective, versatile providing superior print quality, higher reliability and durability. The company’s printer solutions range from meeting high-volume, card issuance demands of large government agencies, universities, healthcare facilities for example, to addressing small and medium sized businesses requirements to provide simple, reliable and affordable printing.
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