Market for electronic safety technology achieves more than five billion euros in sales for the first time

June 29, 2023

  • – Considerable differences between the specialist sectors
  • – Digitalisation of products and services in vogue
  • – Challenges posed by the legal framework and the construction industry

In 2022, the market for electronic safety technology in Germany recorded an increase in turnover of 5.2 percent to around 5.2 billion euros.

“Overall, security technology in Germany is growing significantly, although there are differences in the individual trades,” says Dirk Dingfelder, Chairman of the ZVEI Security Trade Association. “The trends towards digitalisation and networking in safety technology are continuing. The market is moving towards software-driven, networked products and systems and accompanying digital services,” says Axel Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of BHE Bundesverband Sicherheitstechnik e.V., explaining the upward trend in the market.

In addition to digitalisation and networking in security technology, Dingfelder sees integration into building technology as the basis for future market growth. “We have to look at the building as a whole in order to make further progress both in terms of security, but also energy efficiency, comfort and health.”

The associations see the development of the construction industry and the legal framework as challenges. “Overall, the signs for construction are not quite so good for the future. The indicators for residential construction tend to point downwards, and for commercial and functional construction they are mixed. This could mean a more difficult environment for safety technology,” Schmidt looks to the future with cautious optimism. “With the European Construction Products Regulation, a legal act that is extremely important for us is currently being revised, which could have far-reaching consequences,” Dingfelder explains. The shortage of skilled workers also continues to weigh on the industry.

Differences in growth between the individual trades

Turnover in fire alarm technology – by far the largest trade in security technology, which is also heavily dependent on the construction industry – rose by 6.3 per cent to 2.44 billion euros in 2022. Voice alarm systems maintained their level with a constant turnover of 130 million euros.

Video systems showed an above-average development with an increase of 6.6 percent to 746 million euros.

The wide range of applications and the flexibility of video security technologies in combination with other technologies ensure continued high growth. Access control systems also performed well in the market with an increase of 8.1 per cent to 454 million euros.

Robbery and burglar alarm systems were able to catch up in 2022 with a growth of 1.8 per cent to 891 million euros after a somewhat weaker phase recently. It remains to be seen how the discontinuation of KfW subsidies (currently only KfW loans and the federal subsidies for efficient buildings are available) will affect the area of private burglary protection.

Smoke and heat ventilation systems including Natural Ventilation (RWA/NL) recorded a significant increase to 176 million euros. On the other hand, other technologies such as call systems according to DIN VDE 0834, escape door systems, personal assistance call and other systems and components declined slightly. Thus, this block as a whole achieved a plus of 2.5 percent.

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