Alert to chief security officers, security directors and systems integrators – the future will be multi-technology access control readers.

In a new report from IMS Research, despite the global economic slowdown, multi-technology readers are forecast to account for over $35 million of global reader revenues by 2013.

An increased need for verification and integration is causing a shift in the market from proximity to smart card technology. Housing both proximity and smart card technology in a single reader, multi-technology readers create a less expensive and ideal transition pathway between the two technologies.

According to report author and market analyst Blake Kozak, “Multi-technology reader growth will remain strong through 2013 as organizations continue to future-proof their access control systems. Growth for multi-technology readers will be fastest within larger commercial installations with several hundred employees. The financial implications of transitioning employees to a new credential are significantly higher than the costs associated with replacing existing readers to multi-technology. For smaller organizations with fewer employees, this trend is not as relevant and there is a preference to replace credentials and readers at the same time”. 

Kozak continues, “The transition from proximity to smart card technology is an ongoing process. While new installations are increasingly requiring smart card technology, the large installed base of proximity readers suggests it will take some time before smart card readers replace proximity readers. As a result, the market is forecast to see a continued trend towards multi-technology readers as this transition continues. Want a quick way to find products? Go to the Buyers Guide of Security Magazine at