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Biometrics, Borders, and Extreme Vetting in the Age of Trump

Posted: February 6th, 2017 | Author:

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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Why is the European Commission looking to eGates and RT for Smart Borders?

Posted: October 30th, 2014 | Author:

Given the embrace and amazing success story of APC eGates, is the EC ” missing the boat” on expediting international airport passengers?

While the focus on eGates and Registered Traveler programs  is important, the experience in North America and now the Caribbean (see previous post on APC’s expansion) with the rapid roll-out of close to 1,000 APCs in a little over 2 years is beyond impressive.

Acuity estimates that there are currently about 1117 eGates installed at airports across the globe .  A number that is projected to grow to just 3,238 by the end of 2018 ( out of a total projected addressable market of a little more than 6,000 units). So after more than 10 years of tests , trials, and deployments, and another 4 years in to the future , the total number of will remain relatively modest.

Meanwhile, Acuity projects that APC Kiosks will grow to an installed base of over 8,000 units by 2018, after only 6 years on the market with a tail addressable market nearly twice that big.

How soon before the EC rallies that they can much more rapidly address their airport congestion problems with a simpler solution?

For more details on the future of 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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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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Biometric Border Controls Crucial Post Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author:

Had Malaysia — the first country in the world to introduce a biometric ePassport and a leader in automated border control eGates — biometrically verified passengers against travel documents and visa databases, individuals traveling under illegitimate travel documents could have been identified before boarding the flight.

Had the Kula Lumpur International Airport required biometrics authentication for everyone with access to airplanes, investigators would have a reliable record of each individual who accessed the aircraft prior to take off.

These measures may not have prevented the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, but they may very well prevent similar tragedies in the future.

While I would argue that the billions of dollars spent on biometric passports, visas, and automated border controls since 9/11 have made us safer, more must be done to make sure the biometric technology we have is actually used. Government agencies increasingly rely on biometrics to issue and validate passports and visas, and monitor border crossings on entry and exit. However, transitioning to a comprehensive biometric–based border management and aviation security system is a complex process that, unfortunately, takes time.

Acuity’s latest ABC  research indicates that 150 airports have some form of automated border control eGates or kiosks that either rely on ePassports or require separate biometric registration. This number will likely double over the next five years.

Acuity has previously reported that by the end of 2014, 110 countries will have issued more than 700 million biometric ePassports worldwide representing 83% of all those in circulation and that there will be 66 countries that require visa applicants to submit biometrics.

Currently, there are at least ten countries, including the US, that collect biometrics from all foreign visitors when they enter the country. While the US is reviving plans to integrate an exit program as well,  the EU is in the early stages of developing an integrated entry/exit program of their own.

 


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More than 18,000 Airport ABC eGates and Kiosks coming soon to an airport near you!

Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Author:

Airports across the globe are struggling with a universal challenge; maintaining security vigilance while accommodating ever increasing numbers of international passengers. Airport operators and border control authorities are embracing ABC eGates and kiosks as a means to reduce congestion and immigration wait times while providing secure, fast, and user-friendly border crossings. This improves both the passenger experience and the bottom line.

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Acuity’s latest research on the Automated Border Control market reveals that $2.2 billion will be spent by airports globally from 2014 to 2018 deploying more than 18,000 ABC eGates and kiosks.

Here are some of the key indicators:

  • Airports will spend more than $2.2 billion globally on Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates and kiosks between 2014 and 2018 in a market projected to grow at 19.5% CAGR
  • The  total number of airport eGates with integrated biometrics that replace border agents at passport control desks will nearly triple from the current installed base of 1,117 to 3,238 by 2018.
  • An additional 14,942 specialized ABC kiosks and boarding eGates that rely on biometrics to expedite immigration processing will also be deployed over the forecast period.
  • Europe will be the dominant region accounting for 43% of total airport ABC eGate and kiosk spending or $954 million over the forecast period.
  • The European market will grow at 28% CAGR, exceeding global growth by 8.5 percent, while deploying more than 7,300 airport ABC eGates and kiosks.
  • Asia is projected to be the second largest market for airport ABC eGates and kiosks accounting for 21.4% of global spending, while growing at a slightly lower CAGR of 24.5% and deploying 3,740 eGates and kiosks.
  • Airports in the Middle East and North America will each spend approximately $300 million on airport ABC eGates and kiosks from 2014 to 2018.
  • Middle East spending spikes in 2014, then decreases in 2015 before climbing again in 2017, leaving overall CAGR in negative territory.
  • North America experiences consistent year-on-year growth achieving a CAGR of 21% during the forecast period.
  • The Middle East deploys a total of 2,101 airport ABC eGates and kiosks to North America’s nearly 4,000 during this time.
  • Africa and the Caribbean see significant growth reaching CAGR’s of 28% and 18%, though total spending remains low in these regions at $54 million and $50 million. Deployment levels are similarly low over the forecast period, reaching just 416 and 431 total airport ABC eGates and kiosks installed.

For more, check out The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks.


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