Global exploration and drilling security market is expected to drive on account of increasing exploration and drilling activities. In isolated and challenging environment, these activities are forcing industry participants to develop enhanced security system.
Huge investment decisions are taken by companies as a result of growing need for development of unconventional sources in offshore locations, which in turn are expected to augment the global industry over the forecast period.
Security issues are not only important for challenging areas but are also vital for underdeveloped or less developed locations. Key market players are also expanding to these less developed locations owing to huge reserves availability. Therefore, infrastructure improvement in these areas is expected to drive the overall industry in future.
Global environment is witnessing huge security issues and terrorist attacks owing to geopolitical issues among countries. Thus, to monitor exploration and production activities across the value chain, technology developers and providers are investing in the industry with an attempt to provide safety solutions to the major oil & gas companies.
Further, oil & gas activities, mainly production, are majorly affected by unnatural disasters such as oil spill and fire as well as natural calamities, such as earthquake, as the industry involves huge investments and expensive technologies. Therefore, it is important to develop exploration & drilling security industry in order to control and perform during these emergency situations.
Major companies, which are heavily investing, are aware about the fact that security and safety of operations is an important factor for the exploration & drilling business on account of its high risks and high investment nature.
Therefore, infrastructure developments in less developed sites and expansion of existing facilities are expected to drive the global industry over the forecast period. Safety plays a serious and important role in areas, which are politically unstable.
Manufacturers operating in these locations are forced to invest in an enhanced system, which enables these companies to work safely. Therefore, unstable political situation coupled with high exploration & drilling activities in regions such as Middle East and Africa is expected to drive the global market in future.
Hydrocarbon activities are increasing in offshore locations, which make it complicated and difficult to install and implement central system monitoring activities in all remote locations. Therefore, implementation of the system is expected to restrain the overall market over the forecast period.
Global market growth is also expected to be hindered by lack of knowledge and understanding about security application and implementation by exploration & drilling operators. There is a need of proper training and education of operators about safety and handling of emergency situations.
Stringent regulations by regional oil & gas ministries are expected to act as a major opportunity for market growth over the forecast period. Global market is segmented based on network and physical.
Network segment includes security information & event management (SIEM), SCADA network, identity & access management, unified threat management (UTM), incident response & disaster recovery, update & patch management, and firewall.
Physical segment is further divided into secure communication, biometrics & access control, fire detection, video surveillance, over & underwater surveillance, ground, coastal, & air surveillance, and personnel tracking & RFID.
Over and underwater surveillance is further segmented into sonar systems, acoustic video systems, unmanned underwater vehicles, and other. Ground, coastal, and air surveillance includes alarms, microwave detectors, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fiber optic sensors, and long-range advance detection (radar and thermal imaging).
Middle East and Africa is expected to witness the highest growth over the forecast period owing to rising offshore drilling activities coupled with highly unstable political environment. Central & South America is also expected to experience significant growth on account of high investment by industry participants to develop global market.
Major companies involved are Honeywell International Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Waterfall Security Solutions, Siemens AG, Waterfall Security Solutions, and Cisco Service. Global technology providers are expected to provide unique security solutions to the manufacturers.
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