A NEW IHS report, The Wireless Access Control Market in 2016, has found that 29 per cent of businesses used a fully wireless or hybrid wired/wireless system for access control. 

Wireless use has risen from 23 per cent in 2014, with 5 per cent already having adopted a fully wireless solution. The installed base for wireless is growing rapidly.

Around 69 per cent of end-users agree that wireless access control is a cost-effective alternative to its wired equivalent — and wireless locks have indeed been instrumental in reducing the cost of installing electronic access control.

80 per cent of experienced technicians judged the integration task to be no more difficult than somewhat challenging, with 42 per cent responding they find it fairly easy.

50 per cent of respondents believe that wired systems are more secure, despite the fact that wireless locks are certified for security doors, fire doors and so on.

62 per cent of professionals surveyed think few business premises will have mechanical locks within a decade. This may represent a major opportunity for wireless access control in the coming years.

Server racks (78 per cent) and other non-door applications of wireless access control (including cabinets at 57 per cent), are also attractive to many customers.♦