Posted: February 6th, 2017 | Author: cmaxmost
500 models from 87 vendors, 120 for $150 or Less
Acuity Market Intelligence’s latest research finds that 87 smartphone vendors introduced 346 biometric smartphones in the past year. This brings the total number introduced since 2013 to 559, more than double the 200 models Acuity reported a year ago and a ten-fold increase in two years. The proliferation of biometric smartphones is extraordinary. This unprecedented growth supports Acuity’s assertion that within two years, biometrics will be as ubiquitous on smartphones as high resolution cameras are today.
Acuity analysis indicates nearly one billion biometric smartphones are currently in use representing 40% of the global smartphone market. Acuity expects this to grow to 100% of the two billion smartphones shipped annually within two years reaching 100% installed base penetration by 2022.
During 2014, 28 biometric smartphone vendors, most with single offerings, defined the market. Today, of the 87 vendors offering biometric smartphones, more than 30 offer at least six models and market leaders ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo, Samsung and Xiaomi have each introduced at least 20 models. At 7% model share, ZTE is in the top spot, followed by Huawei at 6.2%, and Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Coolpad each at about 4%. Samsung falls just below this threshold offering 3.4% of the biometric smartphone models. Another 22 vendors each offer at least 1% of the total number of models with the remaining 59 vendors collectively offering 35% of currently available biometric smartphone models
Though Android is the principal operating system powering 97% of all biometric smartphone models, Apple remains the dominant player capturing 45%-unit market share of the nearly one billion biometric smartphones in use today with just a handful of iPhone models.
In addition, biometric smartphone prices have dropped dramatically. The quarterly average price of a biometric smartphone decreased from $849 in Q1 2013 to $276 in Q4 2016. There are now 120 sub-$150 models on the market at an average price of $116, up from just 28 a year ago at an average price of $127
Acuity believes biometric smartphone growth will continue as mobile application security, particularly for financial services, requires biometric authentication, low-cost sensors drive down the cost of biometric integration, and consumers demand an end to password and pin based security.
Meanwhile, the Indian Government recently called on domestic handset manufactures to develop $30 smartphones. Integrating biometrics into smartphones at this price point would not only transform the Indian market of one billion, but would pave the way for mass replacement of traditional handsets across Asia, Africa, and the rest of the developing economies creating a globally available, universal biometric authentication platform.
Given these powerful market forces, Acuity is confident the market will achieve the 100% biometric smartphone penetration originally forecast for the end of 2018 in Acuity’s “Global Biometrics and Mobility Report.
Details available in the “Biometric Smartphone Update” spreadsheet which provides detailed information on every biometrics smartphone on the market including brand, model, biometric mode, sensor, OS, price, availability, and links to detailed specifications and reviews. Preview at www.acuity-mi.com/BSP.php.
“The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report” provides unit and revenue forecasts for biometric smartphones, tablets, and wearables, and biometric apps and payment. Preview at www.acuity-mi.com/GBMR_Report.php .
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Posted: February 6th, 2017 | Author: cmaxmost
More than 3500 Automated Border Control eGates and Kiosks Now Deployed Representing 37% CAGR in Three Years
On-going concerns about national security are driving border authorities to continue to embrace biometric and digital identification based automation. The recently updated “ABC eGate Deployment List” and “APC Kiosk Deployment List” indicate there are 2143 Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates and 1436 Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks currently deployed at more than 163 ports of entry across the globe. Deployments increased significantly between 2013 to 2016 achieving a combined CAGR of 37%. APC Kiosks reached 75% growth during this period while ABC eGates grew at a more modest 24% CAGR.
As the Trump administration doubles down on immigration restrictions and promises of “extreme vetting,” the reality is that biometrics are used to scrutinize millions of international travelers across the globe every day. Digital Identification technology, including biometrics, continue to allow immigration and border agencies to reliably vet visitors, immigrants, and refugees and automate border identification and control providing secure facilitation at ports of entry for international travelers worldwide.
APC Kiosk deployments grew rapidly in 2014 and 2015 increasing from 200 to 1247 units.Growth tapered off in 2016, reaching only 1436 units. However, Acuity expects growth to accelerate again in 2017 and 2018 as APC Kiosks migrate to Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Currently, 2143 ABC eGates operate in 63 countries. Asia is home to 38.5% of all eGates deployed at land, sea and airports worldwide while 34% are deployed in Europe. Acuity expects ABC eGate numbers to continue to grow as existing airport deployments expand, new airport deployments come on-line, and land and seaports increasingly deploy eGates.
Acuity Market Intelligence’s “ABC eGate Deployment List” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/eGatedep.php) and “APC Kiosk Deployment List” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/APCdep.php) provide details for all known deployments including location, program, owners, units, vendors, costs, and vendor market share analysis.
“The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/ABCair_Report.php) provides global market analysis and detailed revenue and unit forecasts.
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Posted: January 26th, 2017 | Author: cmaxmost
Ten Top Trends for Biometrics & Digital Identity
The following are Acuity’s prognostications for how the markets for Biometrics and Digital Identity will develop in 2017. Over the next few weeks, I will elaborate on each one. Stay tuned …
#1: Behavioral biometrics on smartphones AND associated privacy issues and PII concerns will go mainstream.
#2: Iris biometrics breakout as smartphone availability drives consumer acceptance up and price points down.
#3: Security impact and liability implications of PII via Iot begin to sink in with Enterprise Executives.
#4: Cloud based biometrics are recognized as critical Infrastructure for global digital payments and commerce platforms.
#5: Link between digital identity, smartphones & mobile & stationary #smart devices begins to be monetized
#6: New monetization models for digital identity emerge, shifting power from commercial enterprises to consumers.
#7 Secure mobile smartphone credentials drive infrastructure development with migration from tests and pilots to deployments.
#8: Many fintech innovators are swallowed by large BFSIs thwarting their impact on industry transformation.
#9: A handful of fintech standouts committed to disruption emerge as potential threats to the status quo.
#10: Biometrics and digital identity begins to be understood as a force for social justice, equity, privacy, and accessibility.
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Posted: March 28th, 2016 | Author: cmaxmost
We are at the start of a new revolution in mobile biometrics. The latest research from Acuity Market Intelligence shows that biometric smartphones are officially mainstream. Meanwhile the growing prominence of the Internet of Things is stoking the demand for new innovations in mobile authentication. Mobile biometrics have changed the face of payments, and now they are poised to further evolve the enterprise, consumer identity and the Internet itself as we move beyond the password. Listen to our experts discuss this fascinating topic.
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Posted: February 11th, 2016 | Author: cmaxmost
Our latest research is out. And the BIG NEWS: Biometric Smartphones are officially mainstream! More than 200 fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein biometric smartphones have been introduced since Q1 2013 under 70 brand names including market leaders such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi,, TCL, Oppo, Vivo, and ZTE. Acuity projects that 600 million biometric smartphones are currently in use representing 28% of the global installed base.
This explosion of biometric smartphones is just the beginning. The number of models increased from 52 a year ago to 197 today with additional announcements expected by the end of Q1. Acuity is confident the market will achieve the 100% biometric smartphone adoption forecast for 2018 in last year’s Global Biometrics and Mobility Report.
Biometric smartphone prices have dropped dramatically as new low-end options expand adoption, especially in emerging markets. Since Fujitsu introduced the Arrows XF-02 models in February 2013, and Apple the groundbreaking iPhone 5S in September 2013, the quarterly average price of biometric smartphones has plunged from $800 to just $251. This includes 28 models introduced since May 2014 selling for $150 or less.
While 93% of all biometric smartphone models run Google’s Android OS and Fingerprint Cards sensors are used in more than 60% of current models, Apple maintains a dominant 45% total device and fingerprint sensor market share. This is, however, about to change as an onslaught of Android based Chinese phones along with aggressive plans by Chinese sensor manufacturers alter the market landscape during 2016.
Check out the “Biometric Smartphone Update” for details of all biometric smartphones shipped since Q1 2013 including brand, model, OS, price point, release date, and availability as well as biometric type, vendor, and sensor, and links to complete specifications and reviews at http://www.acuity-mi.com/BSP.php.
It is a great companion to “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report” which provides detailed unit and revenue forecasts for smartphones, tablets, and wearables, biometric apps, and biometric payment and other transactions from 2014 to 2020. Preview and purchase at www./GBMR_Report.php .
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