Automated Passport Control Boom Brings Convenience to Three More Airports

Biometric border control solutions are booming on a global scale. One of the biggest topics that we’ve covered at FindBiometrics this year has been in regard to the growing automated border control eGates and kiosks market, which has been projected by Acuity Market Intelligence as on track to reach $1.2 billion by 2020.

Biometric Border Control

According to a previous report from Acuity Market Intelligence, airports around the world are expected to spend $2.2 billion on automated border control eGate and kiosk solutions by 2018, with deployment numbers reaching 18,000.

The evidence corroborating Acuity’s projection has been apparent all year, with biometric border control deployments rolling out all through 2014. Largely, this is driven by an increased need to provide a more convenient and secure experience to travelers.

But eGates are only part of the equation. In the past week, three international airports in three different nations announced that they will officially be offering expedited screening  with automated passport control (APC) kiosks. Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba have all joined the growing list of facilities that offer automated secure document checks.

“Today, there are 737 APC Kiosks operating in North America with another 164 targeted to go live by Spring 2015,” says Maxine Most, Acuity principal. “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.”

She continues: “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.”

Further details on the role that APC kiosks are currently playing in the increasingly automated realm of border control and airport security are available in Acuity’s newest research publication, “APC Kiosk Deployment List“.

Earlier this year, Most co hosted two exclusive FindBiometrics webinars on the topic of automated border control markets. The presentations give a detailed picture of this global market and answer interesting questions about the role mobility and biometrics might play in the airport experience of the future.

October 30, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter