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Unlocking growth opportunities: Cloud-based access control in the Middle East

Jason Kallio, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, acre security, explores the growth opportunities and emerging applications for cloud-based access control solutions in an increasingly technology-driven Middle East security market.

The cloud-based access control market is rapidly growing. According to a recent industry report, the global market expanded from an estimated total value of $20.38 billion in 2022 to $22.94 billion in 2023, with a CAGR of 12.6%.

The North American, European, and Asia-Pacific regions represent a major portion of the total estimated global value of the cloud-based access control market today, but industry watchers recognise the contributions and potential for growth presented by the fast-moving and technology-centric Middle East region.


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The Middle East is well-acquainted with fast-paced technological progress, including the rising demand for cloud-based access control systems. As digital transformation sweeps across the region, both the business and government sectors are acknowledging the significant benefits of the cloud.

Greater, more proactive security operations

One of the primary growth drivers for cloud-based access control in the Middle East is its ability to enhance security.

Traditional access control systems often rely on physical infrastructure and can be vulnerable to breaches, theft, or damage.

In contrast, cloud-based systems store data and operate remotely, reducing the risks associated with physical tampering. This heightened security is crucial for businesses and government institutions that must protect sensitive information and critical infrastructure.

Furthermore, cloud-based access control systems offer advanced authentication methods, such as biometrics and multi-factor authentication (MFA). These features provide an extra layer of security, making it difficult for unauthorized individuals to gain access.

These factors are especially relevant in the Middle East, where security concerns are paramount, and businesses search for new ways to bolster their defences against various security threats.

Scalability and flexibility

The Middle East is renowned for its dynamic and growing economy, making scalability and flexibility essential for businesses of varying sizes. Cloud-based access control solutions are highly scalable, allowing organizations to expand their systems quickly as they grow and spread to new locations.

The cloud offers unparalleled flexibility and adaptability, whether organizations add new doors, sites, or users. This scalability is particularly beneficial for businesses with multiple branches or facilities.

They can centrally manage access control across various locations, reducing administrative overhead and ensuring consistent security protocols throughout the organization.

For instance, a retail chain with multiple stores in distributed locations can manage access control for all its outlets from a single, cloud-based dashboard.


The Middle East has seen a significant shift towards cost-efficient solutions across various industries, and cloud-based access control fits perfectly into this trend.


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Traditional access control systems require substantial upfront investments in hardware and infrastructure. Maintenance and upgrades can also be costly and time-consuming, prompting user organizations to search for a more efficient alternative.

In contrast to purely physical solutions, cloud-based access control systems eliminate the need for on-premises hardware and reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Businesses can opt for subscription-based pricing models, paying only for the services they use.

This cost-effectiveness makes cloud-based solutions attractive for organisations looking to allocate resources efficiently and maximize their ROI.

Remote management and monitoring

The Middle East is a vast and diverse region, and many organisations have operations spanning multiple countries. With cloud-based access control, they can remotely manage and monitor their security systems from anywhere with an internet connection.

This remote capability is invaluable for businesses and government organizations looking to streamline operations and respond quickly to security incidents.

For example, a multinational corporation can oversee access control at its offices in different countries without a physical presence. In the event of a security breach or suspicious activity, real-time alerts and notifications can be sent to authorised personnel, enabling them to take immediate action.

Integration and innovation

Cloud-based access control systems are designed to integrate seamlessly with other digital solutions, creating an ecosystem of innovation. This capability is particularly exciting in the Middle East, where smart cities and IoT (Internet of Things) initiatives are gaining traction amongst technology developers and consumers alike.

Cloud-based access control systems can be integrated with surveillance, building management, and even mobile apps, providing a holistic approach to security and convenience.

Compliance and regulations

Compliance with government regulations and industry standards is critical for businesses and government entities in the Middle East, making solutions focusing on compliance an attractive opportunity.

Cloud-based access control systems often have features that facilitate compliance with data protection and privacy regulations, such as the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), offering robust data encryption and audit trails, ensuring organisations meet regulatory obligations, even outside of the region.

For market analysts to gain an understanding of how the Middle Eastern sector presents opportunities for the greater cloud-based access control market to grow, they need to look beyond the needs and market trends of North America and Europe, and take the region’s unique demands and policies into account.

Countries in the Middle East are experiencing rapid urbanisation, significant infrastructural development, and have a strong focus on security and privacy concerns.

The region’s dynamic business environment, including a thriving oil and gas sector, a growing tourism industry, and a burgeoning technology ecosystem, presents specific access control requirements and opportunities for security developers to consider.

Furthermore, the region’s cultural diversity, regulatory frameworks, and complex geopolitical factors necessitate tailored solutions that address the nuances of the local market.

Understanding the Middle East’s unique market dynamics is vital for analysts to accurately assess opportunities and challenges in the access control sector, enabling informed decision-making and effective market strategies.


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