Border control kiosks expand globally
Border authorities have embraced digital identification and biometric-based automation to simplify and accelerate border control processing, according to Acuity Market Intelligence.
Acuity's latest report on border control kiosks reveals that 71 installations deploying 2,283 border control kiosks are active at 59 ports of entry across the globe. These include automated border control kiosks, automated passport control kiosks and primary inspection kiosks.
"As airports and other ports of entry struggle to keep up with increasing volumes of global travelers, automation is the only solution for border control," Maxine Most, principal at Acuity Market Intelligence, said in a press release. "Integrated digital identification technology, including document readers and biometrics, allow border agents to securely facilitate low risk international travelers while focusing expensive, high value human resources on genuine threats."
"The number of border control kiosks increased more than 60 percent over last year with CAGR projected to exceed 20 percent for the next three years," Most said. The U.S. and Canada dominate the market landscape with 60 percent and 35 percent of all border control kiosks deployed. Though only about 100 kiosks are deployed at 10 locations across the Caribbean, Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, Acuity expects the use of these solutions to migrate broadly within existing regions while expanding to include Asia, Latin America and Africa over the next few years.
Today, kiosks are deployed at just a few cruise ports, but Acuity expects broader use of kiosks at more seaports and land crossings over the next three to five years. Vancouver Airport's Innovative Travel Solutions group dominates the global market with more than 60 percent of installed kiosks.