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Automated Border Control Kiosks Reach 71 Installations at 59 International Airports and Cruise Terminals

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Author:

Border authorities have embraced digital identification and biometric-based automation to simplify and accelerate border control processing. Acuity’s latest report on border control kiosks reveals that 71 installations deploying 2283 border control kiosks are active at 59 ports of entry across the globe. These include Automated Border Control (ABC) Kiosks, Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks, and Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK).

As airports and other ports of entry struggle to keep up with increasing volumes of global travelers, automation is the only solution for border control. Integrated digital Identification technology, including document readers and biometrics, allow border agents to securely facilitate low risk international travelers while focusing expensive, high value human resources on genuine threats.

The number of border control kiosks increased more than 60% over last year with CAGR projected to exceed 20% for the next 3 years. The US and Canada dominate the market landscape with 60% and 35% of all border control kiosks deployed. Though only about 100 kiosks are deployed at ten locations across the Caribbean, Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, Acuity expects the use of these highly efficient and cost-effective border control solutions to migrate broadly within existing regions while expanding to include Asia, Latin America, and Africa over the next few years.

Today, kiosks are deployed at just a few cruise ports, but Acuity expects broader use of kiosks at more seaports and land crossings over the next three to five years. Vancouver Airport’s Innovative Travel Solutions group dominates the global market with more than 60% kiosks unit and installation market share.

Acuity Market Intelligence’s “APC Kiosk Deployment List” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/APCdep.php) provides details for all kiosk border control deployments including location, program, owner, units, vendors, costs, and market share analysis.

Acuity’s border control research and analysis also includes the “ABC eGate Deployment List” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/eGatedep.php) and “The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks” (http://www.acuity-mi.com/ABCair_Report.php).


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Biometric Smartphones have officially gone “Mainstream”

Posted: February 11th, 2016 | Author:

Our latest research is shutterstock_357654659-2 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 GMBRrepCOV-2out 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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Identity 3.0: Mobile Biometrics Redefine Digital Identity and Disrupt Global Commerce

Posted: August 20th, 2015 | Author:

wordle 10The global market for mobile biometrics is at the center of a firestorm of converging market forces driving new and complex relationships between identity, commerce, and the indispensable personal mobile devices that more than 6 billion consumers carry with them at all times. The proliferation of these powerful mobile devices within the emerging global ecosystem connecting commerce, community, and consumers has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, work, conduct business, shop, entertain ourselves, interact socially, and now identify ourselves.

Two central themes provide the context for understanding the scope of this massive market revolution:

The first is the transformation and convergence of commerce and privacy as they relate to individual consumer identity. How do consumers navigate this complex, interconnected world ensuring their privacy is protected and their PII is secure while they maintain frictionless access to the information, communities, and the goods and services they want to purchase?

Mobile iPhone and Watch MEDThe second is how will enterprises that rely on the accumulation, management, use, and sale of PII evolve or be displaced as this massive global platform based on personal mobile devices disrupts conventional business models? Can businesses based on data aggregation survive the creation of consumer centric ecosystems that transfer data ownership from commercial powerhouses to individual consumers?

This is the framework for evaluating the critical role biometrics has begun and will continue to play as the mobile identity ecosystem is conceived, constructed, and deployed across the globe over the next five years and beyond.

Got your attention?   For more register for Acuity’s Mobile Biometrics Webinar: Redefining Digital Identity and Disrupting Global Commerce on Sep 3, 2015 11:00 AM EDT.

The Webinar will draw extensively from Acuity’s latest research report The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy.


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Mobility Fuels Biometric “Boom”!

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Author:

Acuity just released revised forecasts for the mobile biometrics market. Annual revenues from biometrics embedded in smart mobile devices, biometric app downloads, and biometric authentication of transactions are projected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $34.6 billion in 2020 representing a CAGR of nearly 67% with total forecast period revenues exceeding $117 billion.

MBimage Today’s mobile biometrics are primarily a convenience factor; a pin alternative for device, application, and account access, as well as mobile payment authorization. I believe that by 2017, hardened biometric security on mobile devices will begin in earnest and we will see a genuine transformation in identity and commerce and the true end of “the password as we know it.”

The potential for consumer use of mobile biometrics and the associated revenue is magnitudes greater than any previous application of biometrics. This massive, globally available platform will provide an unprecedented opportunity for sustained sensor, software and app based revenue as well as enormous potential for biometric authentication services for high-risk and high-value transactions.

Acuity also projects that by 2020, biometrics will be standard on 100% of the nearly 3 billion consumer smart mobile devices sold each year. With an installed base of 4.8 billion, more than 89% of all smart mobile devices in use will be biometrically enabled. In addition, more than 5.5 billion biometric apps will be downloaded annually, and more than 800 billion transactions that require some level of biometric authentication will be processed on mobile devices each year.

For detailed forecasts and analysis of the consumer mobile biometric market, preview and purchase “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy” at www.acuity-mi.com/GBMR_Report.php


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“Mobility is the driving force that will unleash the long awaited biometric revolution”

Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author:

Biometrics in mobile payments, banking, and a host of other mobiles services and applications are poised to transform and accelerate the globalization of mCommerce.

The latest research from Acuity Market Intelligence reveals a mobile biometric marketplace more complex, broadly based, and growing faster than previous forecasts indicate.

Acuity segments the mobile biometrics into three major sectors:

  • Biometric Sensors embedded in smart mobile devices: Smart Phones, Tablets, and Wearables.
  • Biometric Apps offered directly by biometric vendors, or downloaded to smart devices via mobile service providers such as banks, payment processors, social media sites, retailers, or online identity providers.
  • Biometric Authentication for payment and non-payment transactions provided via secure cloud-based services linked to Biometric Apps on smart devices.

Acuity projects that by 2020, global mobile biometric market revenues will reach $33.3 billion annually. This includes 4.76 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices generating $6 billion in biometric sensor revenue, 4 billion biometric app downloads generating $20 billion in annual revenues from direct purchase and software development fees, and 825 billion biometrical secured payment and non-payment transactions generating $6.8 billion in authentication fees.

Biometrics are a natural fit for the smart mobile devices we literally hold onto nearly every waking hour. The explosion in the use of smart devices over the past five years, along with anticipated growth over the next five — especially in developing economies where sub $100 smart phones have begun to alter the mobile landscape — will bring biometrics into the daily lives of half the global population. By 2020, 100% of smart mobile devices will include embedded biometric sensors as a standard feature

For more on the mobile biometric market, download your free copy of the NEW  Mobile Report Market Brief which previews Acuity market forecast data on mobile biometric smart devices, transactions, and global market revenue (Brief registration required).

For a comprehensive view of the marketplace and detailed forecasts, order The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report.

And as always, more information about all of Acuity’s research is available at the Acuity Research Page.


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