UK Access Control Market Share Predicted To Double

The UK Access Control sector is being driven by data legislation, quantum leaps in tech, and the ease of wireless systems.

Colin Leatherbarrow - Managing Director of Grosvenor Technology

Colin Leatherbarrow

Managing Director

Tightening data legislation, strides in tech, and the simplicity of adopting wireless systems have been driving forces behind the innovation and growth of the UK Access Control sector.

It has never been more crucial for enterprises to have complete control over their facilities. Whether it’s just one office or many locations throughout the continents, access control systems enable organisations to easily control who is entering and leaving their sites, increasing security for sensitive areas and managing flows through buildings.

The Access Control market is a linchpin in the broader electronic security market. According to figures released last year by Market Research Future, its value will rise to more than $21 billion by 2030. It’s thought that the Access Control sector will grow across all major markets throughout the next decade, and the UK is no exception.

As well as benefitting from the increased use of wireless control systems and the proliferation of IoT-based security systems, a report released in July 2022 from Emergen Research noted:

“The European market is expected to register a significantly steady revenue growth rate for the forecast period. The UK Data Service offers three degrees of data access, which will drive market revenue growth in this region.

Users must register to access protected data under end user license and their consent to a number of terms, including prohibition on disclosing any identifying or private information of people, households, or organisations and prohibition on using the data to seek out information, particularly about an identifiable individual. This is expected to increase demand for access control systems substantially.”

As the research outlines, stringent data protection laws are driving expectations for access control hardware and software in the UK. But other industry trends are also having an impact including:

Cloud-based platforms

Increasingly, businesses want to take advantage of the many advantages offered by cloud-based platforms. Running your access control on a cloud platform will allow your business complete visibility over multiple sites and access across numerous devices. You’ll also get real-time insights and data, allowing you to make informed decisions and automatically rolled out updates, meaning no access control downtime.

There has also been a sharp rise in demand for ‘Access Control as a Service’, which companies rely on to operate their access control technology systems. It is suitable for all estates, from single doors to multiple sites. Globally, the value of the Access Control as a Service market is predicted to hit $2.1 billion by 2027, with a CAGR of 14.7% from 2022 to 2027, according to Lucintel.

Biometric technology

Biometrics, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, have evolved from a niche product into a widely used technology in the business and consumer worlds. Biometrics have long been utilised in highly sensitive environments, such as government and military settings, but are now used across all types of businesses and enterprises for identification and authentication purposes. The widespread use of smart devices has also made access control technology far more accessible over the last decade.

Wireless access control

Previously, installing an access control system would have meant installing reams of wiring and expensive maintenance costs. Now, businesses and other enterprises can introduce a wireless system that requires minimal installation and upkeep. According to Emergen, “increasing adoption of wireless access control systems is driving market growth revenue.”

Why Grosvenor Technology for Access Control?

Very few businesses have the pedigree and expertise of Grosvenor Technology in the Access Control space. Access control is in our DNA; we were the first UK manufacturer to offer an Access Control front-end in a Windows environment.

Since then, Grosvenor Technology has developed into a leading innovator in the security sector, serving hundreds of enterprises across the globe with our access control software and hardware and first-class customer support.

Our Janus C4 hardware is entirely scalable, making it ideally suited to any setting, from single-door security to large-scale deployments. The innovative blade control means you can manage up to eight doors from a single controller, reducing the footprint significantly. Janus C4 is an end-to-end solution with software that unifies your security management needs and delivers real-time data and insights. And with plug-and-play technology, you can readily integrate the Janus C4 into existing security systems. To find out more about Janus C4, click here.