This is an exciting time of year in the security industry, now that Intersec Dubai has taken place (traditionally the first big security event of the calendar year) we all have a better idea of what products, services and wider trends will prevail in the year ahead.
It is never completely certain what the security market will demand in the future, but expert providers always keep a close eye on what will be popular moving forward. Here is our considered forecast for the next 12 months in security.
Keeping Things Mobile
Market analysis had already flagged this up, but Intersec Dubai confirmed that the security industry is gearing up for even greater demand in mobile security credentials. Using your mobile phone as a security credential has many benefits and it is becoming clear that larger security end-user organisations are investing in mobile credential readers.
Not all these organisations are favouring mobile credentials over the alternatives (such as tokens and fobs), but they are investing in readers that will support this option in the near future. Market analysis also suggests that mobile credential readers will make up around 10% of reader sales by 2020 – a significant shift in technology over the next year.
Access Control as a Service
Another key change in technology (and indeed in the business model) will be Access Control as a Service (ACaaS). By pushing access control services up into the Cloud, end users can ensure they have the very best and latest security in place, but without having to make big investments in complex IT infrastructure at their facilities.
Market Analysis suggests the ACaaS will be particularly robust and growing in importance in small to medium-sized projects (under 50 doors). There are no specific signs that it will be taking off for larger projects just yet, but it is a highly adaptable approach which may well widen in scope over the next few years.
Electronic wireless locking is already gaining significant ground in the security market, but there is every sign this growth in demand will (if anything) accelerate through the next 12 months. This was already evident when TDSi exhibited at Security Essen in September last year, where we were genuinely surprised by the growing number of manufacturers offing wireless locking products.
They make perfect sense from both an installation and usage point of view – enabling installers to fit them rapidly and easily and providing end users with secure locks that can be fitted virtually anywhere, with minimum disruption and the ability to integrate them with other security systems very easily and successfully.
TDSi’s New GARDiS Platform
We were very excited and proud to formally launch the brand new TDSi GARDiS range at the end of 2018 with the GARDiS Access Management Software. The initial free-of-charge version is available to existing TDSi systems integration partners around the world via download from our website.
Behind the scenes, there is a huge amount of development going on in preparation for further updates and functionality for the product. TDSi uses an agile process to develop software and throughout 2019 and beyond there will be successive releases with new functionality.
The next big release is part of an even broader aspect of the GARDiS range, the inclusion of the hardware range. The brand-new GARDiS door controller is due to have its first public appearance and launch at The Security Event at the NEC Birmingham, 9th-11th April. There will also be a launch of the next version of the GARDiS software at the event too, featuring a multi-site solution.
These will be closely followed by additional software modules designed to integrate with a wide variety of third-party security systems (including VMS, PSIM solutions, electronic locks and intruder alarms).
Further New Products
This year we will also be launching our own Bluetooth low-energy readers and mobile credential readers to meet the growing demand. It’s fair to say 2019 is going to be a very busy but exciting year for TDSi and the security industry as a whole!