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Border threats have been creating various challenges, met by innovative control technologies. New systems deliver high security and fast passenger processing times in border crossings and airports. The demand for biometrically-enhanced authentication and identity management for border control is growing at a rapid pace, with biometric border control expanding far beyond e-gates. A recent ABI Research report – Biometrics in Border Control – evaluates that biometric kiosks, e-gates, surveillance cameras and fingerprint, iris and face recognition for border control will reach an estimated global revenue of $3.5 billion by 2025. 

Border control agencies have introduced a number of hardware devices in their daily operations such as handhelds, and biometric device add-ons for immigration ID and authentication, access control and workforce management, which are expected to generate revenue of $1.6 billion by 2025.

One of the intriguing insights of the report is that smartphone biometric e-passport reader apps has the potential to transform the future market.

Government and law enforcement agencies leverage biometric technology and services to share information and collaborate at international level to boost security and surveillance, and improve operations related to counter-terrorism at land, air and sea border. 

The border control revenue for surveillance camera shipment is estimated at $1.9 billion by 2025 globally, following a high interest in building up border security with video analytics, behavioral analytics, machine learning and machine vision technologies.

According to, citing the report, investments in biometric technology for border control operations are delivering a higher return-on-investment and improving monetization strategies such as reducing identity management and passenger flow, cutting down processing time and automating passenger authentication, among others. “This is predicated on the assumption that new infrastructure investments for Automated Border Control (ABC) management, new devices and software services will be in place,” explains Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research. “ABC is greatly dependent upon biometric e-gates and passenger registration self-service kiosks using face, fingerprint, and iris recognition.”

Altogether, border authorities and stakeholders must balance several conflicting variables.

“These variables include supporting law enforcement, balancing biometric surveillance operations and interoperable services, decreasing operational latency, automating authentication, and streamlining passenger flow,” he adds. “All while complying with governmental mandates, regulations, data protection standards, and dealing with infrastructure upgrades and cybersecurity investments.”

“Specialization is a key prerequisite”, said Pavlakis, and advises companies developing biometric technology and services focus on the challenges and tailor their biometrics-as-a-service monetization strategies to industry ROI demands, expansion plans, and infrastructure needs.

“Innovative companies like Gemalto (Thales Group), Idemia, Collins Aerospace, Gunnebo, Vision-Box, Dermalog, HID Global and Aware, each are developing their own unique market strategy by targeting different applications,” Pavlakis concludes.

Interested in learning more about the most advanced border control and biometric technologies?  Attend i-HLS’s InnoTech Expo in Tel Aviv – Israel’s largest innovation, HLS, and cyber technologies expo – on November 18-19, 2020 at Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2.

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