Healthcare & Transportation Locks Industry

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Healthcare Locks Industry

Some types of locks used in the healthcare industry include mechanical, keypad, offline, wireless, and online locks.

Mechanical Locks

  • This is a basic-level type of lock used to secure doors until a release mechanism is initiated, which typically includes a legacy key system, lever, knob, or thumb-turn.

Keypad Locks

  • This type of lock requires a numerical code before granting access to a facility or property.
  • The code can be easily changed and keypad locks re-keyed electronically as deemed necessary. A digital touchscreen lock, combining a robust cylindrical lockset with a digital touchscreen is an additional feature that can accompany keypad locks.

Offline Locks

Wireless Locks

  • Unlike an offline lock, this type of lock incorporates the use of standard WiFi connections through which it transmits logging data to a centralized access control system.

Online Locks

  • These types of locks enable real-time access the control and monitoring of secured entryways via an online connection with the building's centralized control system.
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Transportation Locks Industry

Cargo door locks are mostly used to offer crime or theft protection by securing semi-trailer or storage container doors. Manufactured for durability and dependability, double-door cargo and heavy-duty cargo door locks are typically made of sturdy steel, with cargo door locks preferred for over the road trucks and semi-trailers, while heavy-duty cargo door locks are preferred for construction site stationary storage containers and trailers. Container padlocks, crossbar container locks, truck seals, and hidden shackle container padlocks, are some types of locks used in the transport industry.

Container Padlocks

  • These are U-shaped steel locks designed to fit into the loop of the lockbox on the shipping container. They are typically available in like-keyed batches from their manufacturers.
  • These padlocks need to be accessed first before accessing the lockbox that opens the container, hence providing additional security.

Crossbar Container Locks

Truck Seals

Hidden Shackle Container Padlocks

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Healthcare & Transportation Locks Industry - Manufacturers

Mechanical and electronic locks in the healthcare industry are grouped as part of the overarching healthcare security systems market, which is segmented based on type, surveillance system, application, or end-user. According to reports from market intelligence and research companies, such as Market Research Future and Markets and Markets, locks, including cipher, wireless, and chipper locks, are categorized under access control systems in the healthcare industry, alongside biometric systems, smart cards and readers, and X-Ray screening systems.

Additionally, the security locks in the healthcare and cargo transportation segments form part of the larger mechanical and electromechanical locks market, based on the end-user categorization, according to various market research and advisory companies, including Arizton. The market, which is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 4% to reach $23 billion by 2025, is exhibiting a growing adoption of modern locking systems, particularly in North America and Europe.

Based on multiple mentions across various reports, including the aforementioned, Assa Abloy, Dormakaba, and Allegion feature as the most prominent vendors of security locks covering the healthcare and cargo transportation markets.

Assa Abloy



  • A link to the company's website can be found here.
  • Allegion is a global provider of a wide range of safety and security products and solutions, including mechanical and electronic locks, door closers, exit devices, steel doors, and frames both for commercial, institutional, and residential use.
  • Examples of locks, key, and levers offered by the company include cylindrical, mortise and tubular locks, master key systems, deadbolts, and knobs.
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Healthcare & Transportation Locks Industry - Drivers

Market drivers of the security locks industry include the growing number of commercial and residential projects, the rising adoption of innovative and sophisticated technologies, the surging investment in smart cities, the growing need for customer tracking, and the increasing demand for waterproof padlocks in the marine industry. While electronic locks are increasingly replacing mechanical locks, the demand for mechanical locks is still growing.

Commercial and Residential Projects

  • The growing number of commercial and residential projects, as well as the renovation of existing buildings, is expected to boost the growth prospects of the security locks industry globally. The integration of smart locks with home automation devices provides security and convenience for users.
  • A smart lock is a "mechanical and electrical locking device that has the ability to open wirelessly with authentication by authorized users’. Smart locks allow homeowners to enter their homes or provide others access without the requirement for a traditional key. Smart locks allow users to use various other, more accessible objects such as a key fob or a smartphone in order to wirelessly verify and mechanically and unlock the door".
  • The rising use of smartphones globally has created further opportunities for industry players, as they are continuously introducing apps for locking/unlocking solutions.
  • Stay aggregator companies such as Airbnb Inc. and Couchsurfing International, Inc. require the provision of temporary access by homeowners to guests, which has led to increased deployment of smart locks.
  • The residential segment of the market is expected to provide the largest market share of over 65.0% by 2027.
  • Residential security is a major concern of people who were the first to adopt smart home technology. Smart home solutions include "sensors, cameras, electronic locks and security alarms, and cameras with advanced features such as fire alarms, power management devices, climate control, and self-powered lights".
  • Rising security concerns are driving the demand for high security locking solutions in residential and commercial spaces.
  • In addition, mechanical locks are used in place of or as a backup for electrical locks, in case of a system error, which also increases demand.

Innovative and Sophisticated Technologies

  • Smart locks are projected to experience huge growth prospects, especially in "cloud-based locking management solutions", as a result of the deployment of innovative locking/unlocking mechanisms via smartphones, key fobs, tablets, and other mobile devices.
  • Continuous development and adoption of sophisticated technologies, including Near Field Communication (NFC), Z-wave/ZigBee, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for easy access to locking functions is projected to attract new customers, thereby boosting product sales.
  • Companies such as August Home and Danalock International ApS have launched location-based locks, where the user’s arrival is detected by the device which unlocks the door as soon as the user gets into the GPS geofence. Several companies in the industry are focusing on the deployment of the latest technologies, such as the "touch-to-unlock model for automatic unlocking mechanism and incorporation of capacitive touch sensors in their products".
  • Key players are forging partnerships with smart ecosystem solution providers like Samsung, Google, and Amazon in order to integrate the novel technologies with proprietary smart solutions like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple Homekit.
  • The rising trend of Internet of Things (IoT) has boosted the global penetration of smart home security systems.
  • Increasing consumer awareness of secure and advanced home solutions, as well as the steady growth in the deployment of connected devices, is having a positive influence on the market.

Investment in Smart Cities

  • The rising investment in several smart city projects is a major driver of the security locks industry. According to Frost & Sullivan, the global smart city market is expected to be worth around $1.56 trillion by 2025.
  • In February 2020, the European Investment Bank stated that investment in smart cities was around $124 billion globally. The investment estimate was based on information from about 100 major cities from various countries including the U.K., U.S., India, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, and others.
  • In June 2020, the Singapore Government Technology Agency (GovTech), planned to invest about $3.50 billion to develop security and monitoring solutions in smart city projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. This would facilitate the adoption of work from home policies by enterprises and their employees.
  • Major players in the market like Assa Abloy AB, August, Google LLC, and Godrej Group, are focusing on producing connected door locks devices for various buildings in smart city projects. They are also making plans to execute business strategies such as mergers and acquisitions in order to broaden their product offerings.
  • For example, Assa Abloy AB, a Swedish-based lock manufacturer, acquired HID Global Corp., a biometric identity management firm in September 2018 in order to produce advanced door locks for several smart city projects.

Customer Tracking

  • The need to track customer footfalls for security purposes has greatly expanded the penetration of the global electronic locks market.
  • Parking lots, shopping malls, gyms, metro platforms, and other organizations are increasingly adopting them.
  • The process of deployment has become easier and the need for improved security has considerably increased.

Waterproof Locks

  • The growing demand for waterproof padlocks in the marine industry has boosted the growth of the global mechanical locks market.
  • Weatherproof padlocks are fitted with a protected keyway and plastic cover which provide protection grit.
  • The locks are also keyless, portable, and resistant to saltwater and harsh weather conditions. Their scope of application in the marine industry is broad.

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