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National eID Market Stabilizes; More Than 3.2B Chip-Based Credentials in Circulation by 2021

Posted: March 29th, 2017 | Author:

Acuity released its latest forecasts for the global market for National Electronic ID (eID)market and it appears the market has stabilized. Global programs revenues will exceed $54 billion between 2016 to 2021 averaging about $8.8 billion annually. During the forecast period, Asia will account for more than 60% of all cards issued as the number of countries issuing National eID cards increases from 124 to 136.

Acuity projects that from 2016 to 2021, 3.2 billion chip-based National eIDs will be issued by 103 countries while 485 million National ID cards will be issued by 33 countries that integrate biometrics into non-chip based card programs.

Just as adoption of chip-based ePassports created a global platform that has driven worldwide adoption of Automated Border Control eGates and Kiosks, growth of chip-based National eID programs is creating a foundation for national, regional, and ultimately global trusted authentication infrastructures that will drive expansion of eGovernment services and integration of commercial services like banking and payments.

As the market stabilizes — though outside the forecast period, Acuity believes 2025 will be the “peak year” for National eIDs and all chip-based cards — the longer-term evolution of National eIDs will be an evolution towards mobility. Physical credentials will tie way to digital credentials stored in smartphones and other mobile devices, transforming the way identity is established, referenced, and used every day across the globe.

Get all the details in “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2017 Edition”. The report  includes 200+ charts and tables and provides comprehensive, detailed regional, and global analysis and unit and revenue forecasts for all National eID cards programs. A free preview is available.

If you are interested in details for all global National eID Programs by country, preview the “Global National eID Program Update”. This report, presented in spreadsheet format, provides detailed unit and revenue forecasts for each country National eID program from 2013 to 2020.


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Automated Border Control Expands Across North American Airports and into the Caribbean as Denver, Aruba, and the Bahamas Become the Latest to Adopt APC Kiosks

Posted: October 29th, 2014 | Author:

In the pat week, Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba have all announced they will join the ranks of the 25 North American airports currently offering expedited border control processing to international travelers via Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks.

According to Acuity’s latest count, there are 737 operational APC kiosks in North America with another 164 targeted to go live by Spring 2015. This is up from just 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.

Acuity expects APC Kiosk numbers to continue to grow rapidly as they migrate across the Americas to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East conservatively projecting the global market for APC Kiosks will reach 8,000 by 2018.

Currently, APC Kiosks enable United States and Canadian passport holders, permanent residents, and international travelers from 37 visa-waiver countries to input thier immigration and biometric information before reaching passport control. (The Canadian Automated Border Control (ABC) Kiosks — their version of APCs – are currently only available  to Canadian citizens and permeant resident.)  This level of automation has decreased international arrival and pre-clearance border control wait times by as much as 80%.

The Vancouver Airport Authority, the original developer of APC Kiosks, leads the market with deployments at 18 airports representing more than 60% of total kiosk market share. SITA is a distant second with 126 APC Kiosks installed at five airports.

For more details, check out Acuity’s latest research publication, the “APC Kiosk Deployment List”. This list  —  presented in spreadsheet format — provides details for each known deployment including the number of kiosks, locations, installation date, vendors, costs, etc., as well as vendor market share information.

And of course, for a more comprehensive view of all airport based Automated Border Control, download a preview and purchase “The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks“.

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EU End to Passport Free Travel Big Boost for ABC?

Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Author:

The latest news form Europe is that passport free travel across the Schengen area may be a thing of the past.  In response to the influx of Arab spring’s  flood of refugees, “European interior ministers agree to ‘radical revision’ of Schengen amid fears of a flood of migrants from north Africa“.

The extremely scary part of this development is that it is being driven by a “resurgent Europhobic far right across the EU”.  Yikes.

In a serious blow to one of the cornerstones of a united, integrated Europe, EU interior ministers embarked on a radical revision of the passport-free travel regime known as the Schengen system to allow the 26 participating governments to restore border controls.

The border-free region embraces more than 400m people in 22 EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. It extends from Portugal to Russia’s borders on the Baltic, and from Reykjavik to Turkey’s border with Greece.

The move to curb freedom of travel came as the extreme nationalist right, which is increasingly influencing policy across Europe, chalked up a notable victory in Denmark, which announced it would unilaterally re-erect controls on its borders with Germany and Sweden

So, while I am somewhat chilled by the motivation, it would seem Automated Border Control processes at air, land and sea ports for people, and personal and commercial vehicles will be critical to minimize the impact of these measures on cross border facilitation.

I would imagine (and hope) that some of this “Europhobic” hysteria will be tempered over the next few months and years, though in the short term it will likely provide a boost to the industry.

We must, however, be very careful as an industry NOT to be seen as a vehicle for the expression of right wing politics. The consequences of  becoming embroiled in the midst of an idealogical struggle will not only be detrimental to the industry but will be a major set back  for the work that has been done to  promote electronic identity as  a path to the preservation and even expansion of privacy and civil liberties.

Cheers,
Maxine


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Introducing the eUpdate Blog!

Posted: February 7th, 2011 | Author:

Welcome to the newest format for sharing Acuity Market Intelligence’s insight and analysis with long time biometric fans as well as our expanding audience in the world of secure electronic identification – affectionately know as eID.

As Acuity’s focus has broadened to encompass a world of ePassports, eVisas, National IDs, secure Drivers Licenses, etc., where biometrics, RFID, document readers, laser engraving and a host of emerging technologies (often less than seamlessly) converge, we remain true to our principals:

Providing hype-free, data driven, reliable, often thought provoking, and sometimes controversial insight into a complex, technically driven. rapidly transforming marketplace that often defies conventional thinking.

We look forward to sharing this thinking with you as we engage in a more real-time, less formal dialogue about the state of the market, critical but sometimes overlooked developments, unexpected and surprising news, and indications of long-term trends we are following.

Cheers!

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Maxine


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