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Automated border control expands across North American airports and into the Caribbean


The last week has seen separate announcements from Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba stating that they are now offering expedited border control processing to international travelers via Automated Passport Control kiosks.

The airports have joined the 25 other North American airports that are already offering APC kiosks, which allow United States and Canadian passport holders, permanent residents, and international travelers from 37 visa-waiver countries to enter their immigration and biometric data before reaching passport control.

This automated process has lowered international arrival and pre-clearance border control wait times by as much as 80%.

“Today, there are 737 APC kiosks operating in North America with another 164 targeted to go live by Spring 2015,” said Maxine Most, principal at Acuity Market Intelligence.

“This is up from 280 In February 2014 and will bring the total number of APC kiosks located in the United States, Canada, and now in the Caribbean, to 901 by early next year. APC kiosk numbers will continue to grow rapidly as they migrate across the Americas to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Acuity Market Intelligence projects the global market for APC kiosks will reach 8,000 by 2018.”

Acuity Market Intelligence reports that the Vancouver Airport Authority, which first developed APC Kiosks, leads the market with deployments at 18 airports, which is more than 60% of total kiosk market share.

In a distant second place is SITA with 126 APC Kiosks installed at five airports.

More details on each APC deployment can be found in Acuity’s latest research publication, the “APC Kiosk Deployment List“, including the number of kiosks, locations, installation date, vendors, costs, etc., as well as vendor market share information.

Acuity also offers a comprehensive report on airport based Automated Border Control kiosks and egates called “The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks“.

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