Top 3 Trends Impacting Global Airport Security

London: Technavio’s latest report on the global airport automated security screening market reveals top three emerging trends driving the global airport automated security screening market. These important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. According to Technavio aerospace and defense research analysts, they are:

  • Evolution of biometrics technology
  • Growing acceptance of private security
  • Integration of IT with airport security

Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

The research study by Technavio on the global airport automated security screening market for 2017-2021 provides a detailed industry analysis based on screening type (airport passenger screening and airport baggage screening) and geography (APAC, EMEA, and the Americas).

The developing air travel industry and stringent regulatory requirements necessitate the increase in the vigilance of airports, by integrating smarter security solutions, to cope with the current and future demands. Due to these factors, the global automated security screening market is projected to grow to USD 2.6 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of close to 5% over the forecast period.

“The widespread use of biometric authentication technology to improve the security at airport premises is increasing in the aviation sector. These technologies are expected to become more reliable and affordable during the forecast period, leading to increased adoption,” says Avimanyu Basu, a lead analyst at Technavio for aerospace research.

Recently, features such as fingerprint, face, iris, and retina scanners were introduced for identity validation at some of the world’s busiest airports. The ease of use and high efficacy of these biometric technologies has enhanced the airport security and is expected to drive market growth.

Growing acceptance of private security

Airports are currently trying to find a balance between passenger delays due to additional screening and the increased security that private screening provides. 17 airports in the US under the Screening Partnership Program have enlisted private screening services and have displayed a clear rise in airport safety and security. Also, by switching to private screening services, airports will be better equipped to handle the surges and lulls in traffic. Such advantages have led to more confidence and thereby acceptance towards employing the services of private security, which is directly impacting the growth of the automated security screening market.

Integration of IT with airport security

“The Smart Security initiative aims to minimize passenger wait times and maintain advanced levels of security at checkpoints at airports. Towards this end, airports are incorporating innovative and advanced technologies to improve the flow of people and bags throughout the checkpoint,” says Avimanyu.

Currently, many airports have adopted advanced body scanners, carry-on baggage X-ray machines, new throughput processes, and pre-airport checks with a goal towards automation of airports. These devices have reduced the need for full-body frisks, which many passengers found offensive. The integration of such IT technologies in airports have attracted new investments in the market.

Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. The company develops over 2000 pieces of research every year, covering more than 500 technologies across 80 countries. Technavio has about 300 analysts globally who specialize in customized consulting and business research assignments across the latest leading edge technologies.

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