Airport Biometric Service Market (By Scanner Type: Fingerprint Recognition, Facial Recognition, Iris Recognition, Palm Recognition, Signature Recognition, Voice Recognition, Others; By Contact Type: Contact, Contact-less; By Software: On-premises, Cloud) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Outlook, and Forecast 2023-2032

The global airport biometric service market is surging, with an overall revenue growth expectation of hundreds of millions of dollars from 2023 to 2032. The increasing rate of crime at airports has boosted the demand for biometric services for airports. 

Airport Biometric Service Market Size 2023 To 2032

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Key Takeaways

  • North America region holds the maximum revenue share from 2023 to 2032.
  • The facial recognition scanner type segment is predicted to dominate the market.
  • The contactless segment is projected to sustain this growth from 2023 to 2032.
  • The cloud software segment is expected to dominate the market.

Airport Biometric Service Market Overview

Biometrics systems are used in various industries to identify or authenticate the physical and behavioral characteristics of a person. In the last few years, airports across the globe have adopted biometrics services owing to the high scalability they offer. Airports are considered one of the most sensitive locations in every country across the world. In order to strengthen the security of airports, airport authorities install various biometric systems. Biometric services at airports offer quick yet reliable ways for verification of passengers either on arrival or departure. Along with this, airport biometrics services help in detecting fraudulent documents.

Biometric services are deployed at airports for visa application process. Furter, biometric services are used to detect visa overstays by airport authorities. The deployment of biometric services at the airport has changed the security management tasks by providing advanced screening technology. Fingerprints, color of iris, hand geometry and color of hair are few physical characteristics considered in biometrics at the airport. Whereas accent of speech, tone, typing skills and speaking skills are considered as behavioral characteristics. Physical or behavioral traits are put in the biometric system in order to analyze and identify the genuine passenger at the airport. With the whole technologically advanced procedure, airport authorities are now capable of detecting a malicious person. 

Airport Biometric Service Market Dynamics

The global airport biometric service market is expected to show exponential growth during the forecast period of 2023-2032 owing to rising security concerns. The overall advancement in biometric technology has boosted the growth of the airport biometric service market globally. Growing requirements for accurate, faster and convenient identification and verification of passengers at airports is considered to be the major driving factor for the growth of the airport biometric service market. Moreover, biometric services at airports do not require any type of skilled or trained professionals, which makes it easy to use. This factor has increased the deployment of biometric services at airports. Increasing terrorist activities in several countries are rising the security concerns for governments. Thus, the deployment of biometric services at airports is seen as a preventive step for the nation’s security. 

Furthermore, increasing tourism across the globe has surged the demand for advanced and faster biometric services at airports to verify passengers' details and match it with the available data.  Beyond this, airport authorities use biometric systems such as signature recognition methods for employee attendance purposes. This factor has boosted the demand for biometric services by airport authorities in recent years. Biometric services offer seamless travel experience to passengers. In order to provide quality service to their consumers, many airports have already installed advanced biometric systems. The global airport biometric service market is expected to show significant growth with reduced installation and operational costs of biometric systems. The civil aviation ministries of many countries are focused on the deployment of advanced biometric systems at all airports including domestic and international airports. This factor is considered as a driver for market growth. 

However, the passengers’ data in biometric systems at airports is vulnerable to being stolen by cyber-attack or any other cyber threat. Thus, the data security issue is considered as a major restraining factor for the growth of the airport biometric service market. Furthermore, lack of public trust in biometric systems that require sharing of data is hampering the growth of the market. High deployment cost of biometric systems at airports limits the economically weaker countries to invest in such systems. This factor may restrain the growth of the airport biometric service market. 

Airport Biometric Service Market Scope

Report Coverage Details
Largest Market  North America
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Segments Covered By Scanner Type, By Contact Type, and By Software
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Covid-19 Impacts:

The outbreak of Covid-19 affected many industries worldwide. Similarly, the initial phase of Covid-19 pandemic has affected the global airport biometric service market adversely. Almost all domestic as well as international flights were cancelled due to strict restrictions imposed on travelling. This factor directly affected the demand for biometric services required at airports. The overall disrupted global economy resulted in reduced investments for the development of new biometric systems/devices. Supply chain of raw materials was disturbed due to the pandemic. Moreover, the lack of staff working in research and manufacturing units has hampered the market. 

However, the demand for touch-less or contact less biometric systems increased as many countries started allowing domestic flying. The demand for facial scanner, card scanner and fingerprint scanner boosted in the global air industry. With public health concerns, contact less biometric devices were adopted by many countries in order to maintain social distancing. Growing demand for contactless biometric systems by airports is considered to combat the loss occurred during the pandemic. 

Scanner Type Insights

Based on scanner type, the global airport biometric service market is segmented into fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, iris recognition, palm recognition, signature recognition, voice recognition & others. Among all, the facial recognition segment is expected to dominate the global airport biometrics service market. Growing demand for facial recognition systems as they offer quick and seamless scanning experience for passengers at airports has boosted the growth of the segment.  facial recognition biometrics have the potential to match human face against the database of the person (digital image, passport or any other identity proofs). 

Facial recognition systems at airports have made the identity operation tasks easier and quicker. However, the facial recognition biometric method is optional in many airports due to privacy concerns. Several international airports have adopted iris recognition biometrics methods to clear the immigration and other custom related operations for passengers quickly. Iris recognition is considered to be one of the most advanced and contactless biometrics methods that identify people on the basis of unique patterns of their iris of both eyes. With their unique and accurate recognition characteristics, the iris recognition method is used by airports to enhance airport security. The voice recognition segment is showing a steady growth in the global airport biometrics service market. However, the requirement for quick or less time-consuming biometric methods at airports, the demand for signature recognition and palm recognition systems has reduced drastically in recent years. 

Contact Type Insights

Based on contact type, the global airport biometric service market is segmented into contact and contact less. The outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020 boosted the demand for contact less airport biometric services, as contactless biometric services offer authentication and identification without any physical contact. While minimizing exposure, contactless biometric services offer speedy and effective identification. 

Moreover, the pandemic has forced airports authorities to adopt contactless thermal checking biometric devices to control the entry of passengers by checking body temperature.  The contactless airport biometric services segment is expected to maintain this growth during the forecast period. Contactless biometric services such as facial recognition, voice recognition and 3D advanced fingerprint recognition are rapidly adopted by airports across the globe. 

Software Insights

Based on software, the global airport biometric service market is segmented into on-premises and cloud. In recent years, the cloud software segment has shown exponential growth as it enables seamless experience at crowded boarding areas. One of the largest challenges faced by every airport authority is to manage passengers’ data on a global scale. Cloud-based software offers airport authorities easy as well as flexible access to the data by managing confidentiality. Moreover, cloud software or cloud-based technology offers quick biometrics or recognition of passengers which helps in the overall operation management for airport authority. 

Cloud-based authentication in biometric systems is widely used by airports across the globe to manage employee attendance with the help of fingerprint recognition devices. However, the on-premises software is installed by many domestic airports in developing countries across the globe. The on-premises software or on-premises system requires less expenditure. 

Regional Insights

Geographically, North America holds the largest revenue share of the global airport biometric service market. The rapid installation of biometric systems on airports for security concerns has boosted the growth of airport biometric service market in North America. The overall advancements in technology and growing investments in the sector for developing new and advanced biometric devices are seen as driving factors for the growth of the airport biometric service market in the region. Moreover, most of the prominent key players are headquartered in the U.S. which has contributed to the growth of the market. The market in North America is expected to maintain growth during the forecast period. China's Aviation Administration has decided to build additional 200 airports in the country by the year 2035. This development activity is expected to increase the demand for airport biometric services in the country. 

Airport Biometric Service Market Share, By Region, 2022 (%)

Due to rising security concerns, European countries have started adopting advanced biometric systems at airports. British Airways was the first airline to proceed the usage of contactless technology of biometrics. Growing requirement of contactless biometrics at domestic as well as international airports in the region after the Covid-19 pandemic has boosted the growth of airport biometric service market. The surged demand and implementation of such systems make Europe the second largest market in the global airport biometric services.

Asia Pacific and Latin America are considered the fastest growing regions in the global airport biometric service market. The overall advancement in the air industry of both regions has boosted the growth of the airport biometric services market. Rising number of tourists in gulf countries has forced the airports in the Middle East to adopt advanced biometric systems to provide seamless travel experience to passengers. The market in the Middle East and Africa is expected to show a noticeable increase during the forecast period. 

Recent Developments

  • In January 2023, Philadelphia International Airport launched a facial biometric screening service at 25 boarding gates. In partnership with Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the Philadelphia International Airport has installed this biometric system to identify and verify travelers at the airport.
  • In January 2023, iGA Istanbul Airport has started a collaboration with Turkish Airlines. This collaboration aims to begin testing of Star Aliliance’s biometrics access system. These efforts by iGA Istanbul Airport and Turkish Airlines will offer contactless travel experience to passengers. 
  • In January 2023, a global company in identity technology, IDEMIA, announced that 8 major international airports in Australia have installed IDEMIA’s end-to-end control solution system to provide a seamless journey to travelers.
  • In January 2023, the Incheon International Airport in South Korea announced that the airport is all set to debut its smart services at Consumer Electronics Show (2023) in Los Vegas. An independent booth will be set up at the airport to showcase its smart services such as biometric authentication, smart pass system and Metaverse app which allows people to explore the airport on their smartphones.
  • In November 2022, British Airways started trials for biometrics services at international airport. This technology will enable passengers to board flights without showing their passports.
  • In October 2022, Munich Airport announced the successful installation of biometric screening system for secure ID control.
  • In May 2022, the world’s largest global airline alliance, Star Alliance, announced the expansion of its fledgling biometrics services to Hamburg airport. This step will enable Austrian, Swiss and Lufthansa passengers to pass through security checkpoints using biometric system.

Airport Biometric Service Market Companies

  • ADB Safegate
  • Amadeus IT Group SA
  • IndraSistemas S.A.
  • Inner Range
  • Vanderbilt Industries 
  • Inform Software
  • Thales Group

Segments Covered in the Report:

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By Scanner Type

  • Fingerprint Recognition
  • Facial Recognition
  • Iris Recognition
  • Palm Recognition
  • Signature Recognition
  • Voice Recognition 
  • Others

By Contact Type

  • Contact
  • Contact-less

By Software

  • On-premises
  • Cloud

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the prominent players operating in the airport biometric service market?
The major players operating in the airport biometric service market are ADB Safegate, Amadeus IT Group SA, IndraSistemas S.A., Inner Range, Vanderbilt Industries, Inform Software, Thales Group and others.
Which are the driving factors of the airport biometric service market?
The driving factors of the airport biometric service market are the owing to rising security concerns and advancements in biometrics technology.
Which region will lead the global airport biometric service market?
North America region will lead the global airport biometric service market during the forecast period 2023 to 2032.


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