Over the last decade, governments around the world have been investing in numerous technologies for increasing the security in their respective countries. One of the first steps in increasing security was at airports with a number of screening technologies being brought in. Further to this, physical intrusion detection systems
were also brought in which together with other security technologies was able to improve the overall security for the airports in the country. Physical intrusion detection systems as the name suggests looks at just taking care of the physical security aspect and not logical access which would have included password access or system access etc. There have been a number of technologies, which have been used for quite some time, however, over the last few years, new technologies have been brought in which bring in their own bag of advantages. Keypad control has been used considerably and is slowly being phased out. Systems that are being brought in to replace keypads include smart cards and biometrics. Biometric technology holds the largest advantage for physical access control, as there is no need for the user to remember or to use any key or card or any other device to gain entry. Entry is granted based on the physical attributes of the individual itself. Some of the more common biometric technologies that are being used today include fingerprint, retinal and IRIS biometric technologies.
In terms of end-user contribution, the government sector will continue to be the largest contributor to the overall physical intrusion detection and prevention systems. A key reason for this is that there are already a number of mandates in place by many of the governments for a basic level of security at critical buildings and sites. The BFSI sector is the next largest user of physical intrusion detection systems. These two sectors have ample budget for the funding of the latest security systems and is of the utmost importance that they have these systems in place.
The North American region is the highest contributor to the overall physical intrusion detection and prevention systems market.
The region has been the earliest adopter of these technologies and continues to look at new systems for security purposes. The Physical Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems Market can be segmented as