The military biometrics market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2020- 2025).
- The global war on terrorism has brought increased focus on biometric technology as a security solution for identifying and tracking suspected terrorists, and this may drive the growth of the biometrics market in the coming years.
- Technological advancements, such as the development of binocular-shaped biometric cameras for iris recognition, may prove to be opportunities for the military for quick individual identification.
- Advancements in computer and related technologies have led to biometric recognition being a highly automated process, which may lead to a growth in the market studied in the coming years.
Key Market Trends
Iris Recognition is Anticipated to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Currently, iris recognition has the highest share of all the segments. Various ongoing developments may lead to the growth of iris recognition in the coming years. Iris recognition is the process of making use of visible and near-infrared light, in order to take a high-contrast photograph of the iris of a person. Making use of iris recognition is likely to help law enforcement users to confirm the identity of a suspect by matching their iris scan results against a stored database of suspect images. Various advantages of iris recognition, such as fast and accurate recognition and the possibility of recognition during the dark, may lead to iris recognition being increasingly used in the near future. The necessity of biometric applications has increased in recent years, and in the coming years, militaries, worldwide, may widely adopt iris recognition. Likewise, in recent years, the usage of iris recognition has been widely adopted by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan for identifying and authorizing the entrance of selected personnel in military facilities. For example, the IriShield USB BK 2121U developed by Fulcrum Biometrics company is a dual iris capture camera. The camera is powered via USB port and can be used with PCs and laptops, which run Microsoft Windows OS. The binocular-shaped camera system makes it possible to capture the image of an individual’s iris from a long distance. Thus, upcoming developments are expected to increase the focus on this segment, and this may be the reason for its expected high CAGR.
North America is Expected to Witness the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
In the military biometrics market, North America is expected to experience the highest growth. The region of North America is witnessing increasing developments, in terms of military biometrics. The US military is also heavily investing in the development of a biometric identification system, which is likely to replace traditional passwords for web users. Additionally, the US military has also signed a deal with West Point for the development of cognitive fingerprints, which make use of behavioral traits and not fingerprints to determine the identity of the individual. Biometric Enabled Intelligence or BEI is now the major trend, which is being followed by the US military. The Electronic Warfare & Sensors division of the US Army is developing a new biometric data collection, which may be used by the soldiers on the field. The new system, known as “Next Generation Biometric Collection”, is in the developmental process and may feature face scanning in the updated version. The system is also expected to be compact and lightweight, thus making it easier to use. Additionally, the United States is also in the process of developing DNA and voice biometric technologies for the military. Currently, the United States is in plans to replace their current biometric technologies and upgrade to new and advanced biometric technologies. Thus, various ongoing developments, in terms of military biometrics, may lead to the growth of the military biometrics market in North America in the near future.
Crossmatch Technologies Inc.,(HID Global), M2SYS Technology, Aware Inc., Fulcrum Biometrics LLC, and Leidos Holdings Inc. are some of the prominent players in the market. Various initiatives and product innovations, which are being done by companies, have led them to strengthen their presence in the market. In 2017, Crossmatch Technologies Inc., which is a recognized company, globally, in terms of biometric identity management and secure authentic solutions, was awarded a contract of USD 5.8 million by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation presentation attack detection (PAD) technologies for the IARPA's Thor program. The Thor program aims to develop reliable PAD technologies, in order to prevent biometric breaches.
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