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Electronic market report

The total UK electronic security market, comprising of products – electronic access controls, intruder alarms and closed circuit television (CCTV) – and associated services, was estimated at £2.35 billion in 2017, in a report by AMA Research, part of Barbour ABI.

This was an increase of around 5pc during the year, and followed two years of strong growth in 2015 and 2016. Growth was driven by technology, boosting replacement demand, and improving new build and RMI expenditure across key market sectors.

CCTV accounts for the majority of the market in value terms, with a 52pc share. This sector has seen the greatest levels of innovation and new product development, and the recent shift in focus by major Chinese manufacturers from cost to technological development has eased the level of price competition over the last year or two. Technology has also become more affordable, leading to a continued shift away from analogue to digital products.

In access control, product development and wider availability of products have been a key driver of growth as has the performance of the UK construction sector, particularly in commercial offices and house building. Access control products have not been subject to price deflation experienced in other sectors, thereby enabling relatively consistent value growth.

The intruder alarm market experiences long replacement cycles and competition in relation to other security options, particularly in the non-residential sector. However, in the residential sector, growth has remained positive in line with increased housebuilding and product development focused on ease of installation.

Integration has continued as a key theme, both between products within the electronic security sector, and beyond with wider business enterprise systems within ‘Smart Buildings’ and home products within Smart Homes. The development of smart home products and integration with other security products and home management systems should offer significant opportunities for value growth, the report suggests.

Hayley Thornley, Head of Research at AMA Research said: “Increasing competition remains a key feature of the market, with many established competitors struggling to maintain market share, due to intense competition from Chinese companies at all levels of the market. This in turn has led to significant merger and acquisition activity in the market since 2015, with companies aiming to achieve scale and provide end-to-end solutions.”

The prospects for the electronic security sector overall are reasonably good, the research firm says. Value growth is likely to come from increasing adoption of new technologies in both the new and replacement sectors. While construction output growth is expected to ease over the next two to three years, output remains relatively high by historical standards and this should continue to provide opportunities for manufacturers and installers of electronic security equipment.

Government capital spending is also set to increase, particularly in infrastructure and in local government and health. These are all potential opportunities for electronic security, particularly with the recognition that some of the public sector installed base has become outdated and fallen behind in technology terms due to spending cuts and austerity.

Housebuilding has also grown considerably between 2015 and 2017, with output increasing by 33pc, and there remains considerable scope to expand the level of electronic security installations in homes. Intruder alarm installations are estimated at around a third of homes, and the improved range and availability of CCTV products and smart locks, should support their wider installation in the residential market.

While industry sources report that price pressures have eased somewhat in the last couple of years, the focus on service packages and securing longer term revenue is expected to continue. Specifiers will also continue to focus on the whole life cost of the electronic security system, including replacements, add-ons and management costs, which will influence their choice of products and operating systems. These factors should drive the wider uptake of IP, wireless, analytics and cloud-based services.

The ‘Electronic Security Systems Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ report is available now and can be ordered online at or by calling 01242 235724.


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