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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.


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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