The global market for Airport Security Equipment is forecast to reach US$15.7 billion by 2024, driven by the rise in terror plots and increase in terror attacks on international airports and the resulting growing global and regional focus on securing airports and airstrips. Few of the factors responsible for airports emerging as conduits for spreading terrorism include airports are crowded public spaces perfect for inflicting the most damage on human life and property; international airports are effective for wrecking geopolitical instability and also help project a global reach of terrorism acts; disrupting air transport impedes interconnectivity by interrupting cross border trade/ business and personal travel; airports are desirable targets for unleashing psychological warfare on a global scale; successful attacks on airports, undermines and depreciates the sovereign power of the state sending forth a powerful statement of dissent to world leaders. All of these factors highlight the critical role airports can play in combatting terrorism. Other major factors driving growth in the market include growing investments in unobtrusive full body scanners in response to consumer discomfort with physical search; rise of biometrics technologies for identity verification and access control at airports; rising investments in automated e-Gates in a bid to achieve expedited travel and positive passenger flying experience via self-service check-ins; airport industry’s phenomenal leap into the bleeding edge of IT, a parallel rise in cybercrime and ensuing demand for airport cyber security solutions; growing global investments in smart airport technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT); and recent rise in suicide bombing, gun attacks and the ensuing increase in demand for explosives detection systems. The United States represents the largest market worldwide supported by the country’s aggressive national strategy for combating terrorism. Asia-Pacific ranks as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 7.2% over the analysis period led by strong economic growth and parallel increase in air transport and trade; new airport constructions, development projects and modernization plans in developing Asian countries; growth in commercial air passenger traffic, parallel increase in the need for security reforms and the ensuing stricter implementation of security procedures; and spread of Islamic terror networks across Southeast Asia and concerns over the region becoming a terror hotbed.  

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Company and Industry News & Stories
  • UTC Acquires Rockwell Collins in a Bid to Separate its Commercial Businesses, Otis and Carrier, into Independent Entities
  • SITA Acquires MEXIA Interactive in a Move to Enhance its Existing Airport Operations and Passenger Flow Management Solutions
  • Smiths Detection Receives US$70 Million Order from TSA for Deployment of Computerized Tomography Imaging Systems to Airports in the U.S.
  • TSA Extends Contract with Leidos for Logistics Support Services to Screen Equipment at Airports around the U.S.
  • American Airlines Collaborates with Analogic to Deploy ConneCT™ in a Move to Deploy Next-Generation Screening for Airport Checkpoints

Outlook in Key Market Segments
  • Through 2024, Explosives Detection will remain the largest market, followed by X-ray & Infrared Equipment.
  • Explosives Detection Systems are projected to witness the fastest growth driven by spurt in the number of suicide bombing incidents and gun attacks in airports worldwide.

Product Definition & Scope
  • Airport Security encompasses all methods and techniques employed for protecting the airport facility, passengers and staff from malicious and accidental threats, crime and harm. Every day, a huge number of people enter and exit airports across the world, which poses a potential threat of crimes including terrorism. Airports are easy targets for terrorists as more people are present in a single location. Large airliners which carry higher number of people are at a higher risk. There is also this potential risk of plane hijacking. Hijacked planes can be used as lethal weapons by terrorists. The main purpose of airport security is to prevent all situations that are potentially dangerous. While protecting the airport as well as the country remains the top priority, another important purpose of airport security includes reassuring passengers of their safety.

Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East & Africa, and Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America)

Market Segmentation & Classification
  • Product Segments:
    • Explosives Detection, X-ray & Infrared Equipment, Metal Detectors, Perimeter & Access Control, Biometrics Equipment, Alarms & Sensors, Video Surveillance, Intercom & Video Door Phones, and Others

Major Players
  • Axis Communications AB
  • Brijot Imaging Systems
  • Nuctech Company Limited
  • OSI Systems, Inc.
  • Siemens AG
  • Smiths Detection Watford Ltd.
  • Vanderlande Industries B.V.

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