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Half of regional orgs to upgrade secure access solutions this year

Survey from HID Global reveals increased appetite for secure access solutions

Half of regional orgs to upgrade secure access solutions this year
The survey said that 52% of organisations have deployed basic secure access solutions to protect their interests

Almost 50% of organisations in the Middle East are planning to upgrade their secure access solutions within the next 12 months, according to a recent survey conducted by HID Global.

The vendor said that the survey's results pointed to an upward trend for deploying advanced secure access solutions. It revealed that 52% of organisations have deployed basic secure access solutions to protect their interests, with the most commonly relied on solution (29% of respondents) being basic access card solutions.

Meanwhile, 26% of respondents still used photo identification, though 39% said that they felt the addition of biometrics would enhance their secure access solution. Further, 34% said they wanted mobile access features for future upgrades.

"It's very encouraging to see that most of the organisations surveyed appreciate the importance of secure access solutions, and have already undertaken steps to protect their assets," said Wisam Yaghmour, regional sales director for the MEA region, HID Global.

"However, the findings show that there is still work to be done as a lot of organisations are either not protecting themselves entirely or are using antiquated secure access solutions that can be bypassed by skilled intruders."

Indeed, 48% of the individuals polled indicated their organisation did not have an access control system installed, owing to a belief that their premises were secure enough (45%), or that they did not have skilled staff to manage such a system (47%).

Some of the respondents indicated they are planning to roll out secure access within the next 12 months (41%), while others expressed interest but are not sure when the roll out would take place (37%). Only 22% said no, categorically, to deploying secure access solutions in the future.

On the other side of the coin, organisations that had already deployed secure access solutions also expressed interest in expanding the breadth of capabilities offered by their existing system. Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents said that they wanted biometrics, while 34% cited mobile access is what they would most like to have. Nine per cent of the respondents would like to roll out gate or parking access control solutions, while a further 2% were interested in license plate recognition.

"With security there's no finish line, as threats evolve so must the technology you deploy to protect yourself from unscrupulous individuals," said Yaghmou.

The survey polled company owners/directors, security managers, facility managers, consultants, IT/technical staff, and other individuals involved in the roll out of access control security solutions within the organisation. Those polled were mainly from the banking & finance sector, healthcare, oil & gas and government sectors.

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