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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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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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A Kodak Moment

Posted: May 4th, 2011 | Author:

In many ways the evolution of the  identity credential market is likely to mimic what transpired around the turn of the 21st century in the film photography market.

The decade started well enough for Eastman Kodak. In 2000 it clocked film revenues of $11 billion, had 70,000 employees and 14 factories around the world. Then things started going pear shaped. Come 2009, revenues from the sale of film had fallen to $1.3 billion, the workforce had dropped to 20,000 and the number of factories had gone down to one.

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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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