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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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Half the World’s Population Will Have Chip-Based National Electronic Identity (eID) Cards by 2018

Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author:

In five years time, half of the world’s population will have a chip-based National eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe. Asia, with its vast population, will dominate the market accounting for more than 60% of all National eID cards issued between 2014 and 2018.

These are just some of the findings from “The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition”.

The report also projects that nearly 3.4 billion National eID cards will be issued over the next five years doubling global National eID card circulation from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion by 2018. And, that in addition to these 3.4 billion chip-based National eIDs issued between 2014 and 2018, another 300 million National ID cards will integrate biometrics into non chip-based card programs.

Recent National ID news from across the globe validates Acuity’s growth projections:

  • India and the Philippines are reviving efforts to introduce National eID cards to support their national identity registry programs.
  • Turkey has announced the integration of biometrics into their National eID card scheme.
  • South Korea is facing intense pressure to replace their traditional ID card program due to rampant data breeches and fraud.
  • And, Nigeria appears to be making progress on their National eID program after years of promises and false starts.

“The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition” includes more than 350 charts and tables providing detailed, comprehensive, country-by-country, regional, and global unit and revenue forecasts and analysis for all National eID cards programs.

The report evaluates three categories of National ID programs:

  • Programs that rely on chip or optical storage based National ID cards that may or may not incorporate biometrics.
  • Programs that rely on traditional non-chip based ID cards that incorporate biometrics to uniquely identity each cardholder.
  • Biometric registry only programs that rely on a centralized biometric database to issue unique identity numbers.

Order, download an in depth report preview, and get more information about the report at www.acuity-mi.com/GNeID_Report.php .


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Apple Pay, Touch ID, and the iPhone 6 — Biometrics Boost Consumer Privacy for Mobile Commerce

Posted: October 9th, 2014 | Author:

A decade of intense debate over whether consumer biometrics is a privacy boosting or privacy busting technology may finally be over. Apple’s September 2014 announcements introducing the Touch ID enabled iPhone 6, the Apple Pay mobile payment ecosystem, and Apple’s new privacy policy, decisively position biometrics as a critical enabler of consumer-centric privacy in the world of mobile commerce.

Taken together, the three components of Apple’s latest portfolio – Apple Pay, Touch ID, and embedded device privacy – have done more to break open the mobile marketplace for consumer biometrics than biometric industry insiders, associations, and advocates have in more than a decade.

With the Touch ID enabled iPhone 6, iOS 8 and Apple Pay, Apple is offering consumers biometrical secured devices and mobile phone transactions. At the same time, Apple has assured customers that the company will not have access to the data on their iPhones, will not track or store users’ iPhone transaction footprint, nor will they have the ability to comply with government warrants or subpoenas for data on these mobile phones.

Acuity latest Market Brief “The ABC’s of Mobility: Apple, Biometrics, and the Promise of Consumer-Centric Privacy” explains that this move towards biometric-based consumer control of personal and personally identifiable information represents a dramatic marketplace shift. A shift away from the much-reviled credit bureau model where unaccountable corporate entities like Experian and TransUnion own and manage consumer financial profiles. Or, the business models of Google and Facebook that power multi-billion dollar enterprises by capturing and monetizing consumers’ personal and financial behavior and online footprints without their knowledge or consent.

With these strategic moves in the areas of commerce and privacy, Apple has initiated what may very well be a fundamental transformation of both the role of the mobile phone and the market dynamics surrounding the ownership and management of consumer data.

Welcome to the new world of consumer-centric privacy!

For more, download “The ABC’s of Mobility: Apple, Biometrics, and the Promise of Consumer-Centric Privacy

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Additional insight, analysis, and comprehensive market data for mobile biometrics markets will be included in “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy”  available in November 2014. 20% Pre-Publication Discounts available on Orders placed by October 28, 2014

 


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Biometric Myth Busting

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author:

Zack Martin over at Avision published a great pice on biometric myth busting well worth a read called Exorcising the Biometric Boogeyman.  

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The industry as a whole needs to be hammering home this message!

Kudus to Zack!


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