Airport biometrics market to generate $1.3 billion in next five years

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The global market for curb to gate biometric airport automation will generate $1.3 billion in revenue from the deployment of more than 16,300 eGates and kiosks over the next five years, according to a new report from Acuity Market Research.

Acuity sees the recent announcements regarding biometric facial recognition at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson, London Heathrow and Shanghai Hangqiao airports as substantiating its position on the adoption of the technology for applications beyond border control. “The Airport Automated Biometric Facilitation Report: From Curb to Gate” forecasts that biometric technology deployments for automated check-in, auto bag drop, passport control, security checkpoints, and boarding will expand to dozens of additional airports, with the number of deployed units tripling by 2022.

“Biometrics in the airport is no longer just about border control,” says Maxine Most, Principal at Acuity Market Intelligence. “As global digital transformation creates expectations for frictionless experience, adoption of biometric automation at airports is moving beyond secure, facilitation towards enhanced passenger journeys. The age of seamless travel is here.”

There are currently more than 5,500 Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates, ABC Kiosks, Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks, Automated Immigration Check-In (AIC) Kiosks, Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units, and Automated Boarding (AIB) eGates deployed at more than 300 airports in more than 80 countries, according to Acuity.

“Europe will continue to dominate the Automated Biometric Facilitation market during the 2018 to 2022 forecast period, accounting for nearly 30% of total units deployed and generating more than 34% of all revenues,” Most says. “However, Acuity expects rapid growth in Asia to shift market dynamics to near total Asian market domination by 2028 or 2030.”

Earlier this year, Acuity forecasted 10 percent CAGR for the install base of ABC eGates over the next five years.

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