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The global biometric system market size was valued at USD 29.09 billion in 2021. The global market is projected to grow from USD 30.77 billion in 2022 to USD 76.70 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 13.9% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with biometric system experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global biometric system market exhibited a decline of -4.5% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
A biometric system is a digital method of authentication in which personal characteristics of human beings are used to verify or authenticate the identity of a person. This system scans unique biometric characteristics of individuals such as fingerprint, face, iris, and voice & vain patterns to authenticate the system. These characteristics directly identify or verify the individual. Biometric scan adds a layer of high security in the authentication of the system. Unique biological characteristics are used in the process of making the system or enterprise more secure.
The role of biometric systems in day-to-day security is increasing continuously. These unique identification characteristics of individuals can be used as passwords for phones, computers, and laptops and also to access buildings and rooms. Once this biometric data is scanned, then it is stored to perform matching operations in future attempts. In most cases, biometric data is stored and encrypted in a remote server or within the device. Biometrics scanners and sensors are the hardware which are used to scan and capture all the biometric data for identification and verification. Biometric system is a trusted digital identity service platform for all consumer electronic devices.
Rising Demand for Advanced Authentication System Led Market Growth During the Pandemic
Similar to other industry verticals, the biometric system industry had experienced some negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic had an unavoidable impact on day-to-day human life in 2020. The immediate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak resulted in the suspension of touch-based time and attendance system in all commercial and government offices. People are experiencing changes in their behavior such as strictly wearing of masks, social distancing, and avoiding touching metal and other surfaces in public spaces, which had a negative impact on fingerprint-based biometric authentication systems. It also impacted face recognition systems due to strict regulations for wearing face masks in public spaces.
The commercial use of biometric fingerprints and face recognition systems had become restricted due to strict regulations for social distancing and use of masks. The demand for implementation of contactless biometric recognition systems such as iris recognition and voice recognition is increasing. Various industry verticals such as healthcare, government, and travel rapidly implemented iris recognition systems for identity verification. In the healthcare sector, the use of vein recognition system was also increased due to increasing number of COVID-19 patients in the emergency ward. Vein recognition systems helped medical staff and doctors to detect patient identity rapidly and provide the appropriate medication for early recovery. These trends in the market resulted in the sudden decline in touch-based biometric solutions and increased the demand for contact less identification systems. These balancing trends in the market compensated the negative impact of COVID-19.
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Rise in Demand for Biometric Technology for Authentication in Retail and E-commerce to Push Market Growth
Biometric technology is an emerging way to improve consumer experience in the forecast period, with a major focus on the supply chain. COVID-19 increased the adoption of biometric technology due to growing consumer demand for contactless solutions. Due to increasing awareness related to hygiene, consumers are continuing to use touchless biometric technology. For instance, in April 2020, as per a survey done by the Strawhecker Group along with the Electronic Transactions Association shows that 27% of small and medium-scale businesses focused on contactless card payments and mobile wallets since the start of COVID-19 pandemic. These contactless biometric-based payment cards authorize the transaction of biometric payment cards as consumers need to verify their fingerprint or face identity with previously saved data. Biometric payment cards include chip technology along with fingerprints to authenticate the cardholder’s identity. The consumer’s biometric data is securely stored. Nowadays, the use of biometric payment cards by fin-tech companies is increasing as companies want to strengthen the security of card payments. Also, the increasing incident of fraud and phishing drives the use of biometric technology in the retail and e-commerce sector, which drives the market.
Increasing Demand for Security and Surveillance Due to Increasing Incidents of Crimes to Propel Market Growth
The initial use of biometric technology was to advance security and verify a criminal’s identity. Mostly, it was used to identify criminals with the help of scanning biometric characteristics such as iris, voice, fingerprint, signature, DNA, hand geometry, and vein patterns. The main intention of installing biometric systems is to reduce crimes and terrorist attacks. As of now, millions of criminal cases have been solved with the help of biometric technology. Biometric technology is also used in surveillance. A face recognition system is installed in CCTV device, which records and stores the facial characteristics of individuals captured by the camera. This information then helps to identify and authenticate criminals in any crime and terrorist activity. Growing technology-based CCTV camera in emerging countries such as India, China, and Japan is driving the biometric system market growth in the forecast period.
Industry Growth to be Restrained Due to Heavy Initial Investments in Biometric Devices
The demand for biometric recognition systems is high in various industry verticals. However, in case of facial, iris and vein biometry, the primary cost of the face recognition based security system and iris identification devices is much costlier than conventional security systems. The parts such as transmitters, scanners, and sensors which are using face recognition systems are costly, which increases the final cost of biometric recognition systems. Moreover, in CCTV surveillance, the exchange of existing security system such as conventional CCTV cameras and adoption of new biometric technology based cameras are not affordable for SME industries and individual users. Moreover, biometric verification-based card payment system is highly expensive and not easy to distribute over a highly dense population in countries such as China and India. Also, the chances of data leaking and concern of data privacy may restrain the growth of the market globally.
Multi-factor Authentication Dominated in 2021 owing to Huge Demand from the Travel and Tourism Industry
Based on authentication type, the market is segmented into multi-factor authentication and single factor authentication.
There is increasing adoption of multi-factor authentication systems, such as face recognition and iris verification system, for check-in in hotels, airports, and sea ports. The multi-factor authentication segment is gaining popularity in the travel and tourism sector; due to this, the segment generated the highest revenue in 2021 and is set to maintain the record during the forecast period as well. Also, due to growing use of multi-factor authentication in BFSI, automotive, and consumer electronic industries, it is showing lucrative opportunities with highest CAGR during the forecast period.
Contact-based System Dominated the Market in 2021 Due to Surge in Use of Fingerprint Biometric
On the basis of contact type, the market is divided into contact-based system, contact less system, and hybrid.
Contact-based system segment generated the highest revenue in 2021. This is due to the heavy use of fingerprint scanner in BFSI, consumer electronics, commercial, and smart home industries. Owing to increasing demand for contact less operations after COVID-19 pandemic, the contact less system segment will continue to show this trend in the forecast period. Also, due to a combination of benefits of contact based and contact less biometric solution in hybrid biometric solution, the hybrid segment will generate the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
Fingerprint Recognition Dominated the Market in 2021 Due to Huge Demand from the Commercial Industry
According to technology, the market is segmented into face recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, vein recognition, fingerprint recognition, and others.
Due to increasing adoption of fingerprint based attendance recognition in commercial sector and heavy use of fingerprint recognition in consumer electronics segment, the fingerprint recognition segment generated higher revenue in 2021. The same trend is followed by voice recognition segment throughout the forecast period due to increasing use of voice command system in smart homes. Due to increasing use of iris authentication in the government & public and healthcare industries, the iris recognition segment shows notable growth opportunities with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
Fixed Segment Generated Higher Revenue in 2021 Due to Increasing Demand for Fixed Biometric Scanner Device in Various Industries
According to mobility, the market is segmented into fixed and portable.
Fixed segment generated highest revenue in 2021. This is due to the heavy use of fixed biometric scanner in BFSI, commercial, government & public, and smart home industries. Also, this trend will continue to drive the market throughout the forecast period. However, the portable segment will generate the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing use of fingerprint recognition and voice recognition systems in consumer electronic goods.
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Consumer Electronics Segment Produced Higher Revenue in 2021 Due to Growing Adoption of Face and Fingerprint Biometric System
According to end-user, the market is segmented into BFSI, military & defense, consumer electronics, travel & transport, commercial, smart home, government & public, and others.
Due to various benefits of biometric systems in security of consumer electronic devices, the use of voice biometrics, biometric fingerprint sensor, and face recognition system in smartphones, tablets, and laptops is increasing. Consumer electronics segment generated higher revenue in 2021 than other segments. Numerous consumer electronics manufacturers are selecting biometric systems for hardware security and data protection, which is boosting the market globally. The government & public segment is predicted to generate the highest CAGR in the forecast period. Also, the revenues made by BFSI and commercial segments are considerably higher as the utilization of biometrics authentication system is very common in BFSI and commercial segments, which is creating lucrative opportunities in the global market. Although, the smart home segment is expected to show moderate growth during the forecast years.
Asia Pacific Biometric System Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)
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The Asia Pacific market size was USD 15.02 billion in 2021 and it is expected to increase as APAC is dominating the global market during the prediction period. The growing use of biometric technology-based signature recognition and access control in consumer electronics, government & public, and automotive industries will drive the market growth in the region. Also, key companies are acquiring various marketing strategies, which are helping to propel the market in the region.
China Generates Highest Revenue Owing to Highest Demand for Biometric Scanner and Sensor Manufacturing.
China is a dominating country in revenue generation. Also, it will generate higher CAGR during the forecast period. China has one of the most technically advanced manufacturing units for biometric sensors and semiconductors globally and rapid adoption of cutting edge technologies such as vein recognition system and iris recognition based security in the day to day government and public operations, which will propel the growth of the market.
HID Global Corporation Adopts Various Strategic Initiatives to Increase its Regional Presence
HID Global Corporation has the highest global biometric system market share. The organization is a major procedure of sensors and scanners which are the major components of biometric systems. Also, this company provides raw material to other companies in the market. Furthermore, other market players include Bio Key International, NEC Corporation, Thales Group, Fulcrum Biometric Inc., Nuance Communication Inc., Precise Biometric, Qualcomm Technology, Dreamlog Identification System Inc, Cognitec System Gmbh, Daon Inc., Dreamlog Identification System Inc., Idemia, and others. These companies have built their production plants in various emerging countries, where the labor and production costs are less in comparison with others, this will contribute to the growth of the market. Furthermore, most of the players are focusing on product acquisition, launches, and partnerships with various SMEs to expand their regional presence.
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Value (USD Billion)
By Authentication Type
By Contact Type
Fortune Business Insights says that the market stood at USD 29.09 billion in 2021.
In 2029, the global market is expected to be valued at USD 76.70 billion.
The market is set to exhibit a CAGR of 13.9% during the forecast period (2022-2029).
Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the dominant region and it stood at USD 15.02 billion in 2021.
In the end-user segment, the government & public sub-segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period
Rise in biometric technology demand for authentication in retail & e-commerce.
Increasing demand for security and surveillance due to increasing incident of crimes.
Bio Key International, NEC Corporation, Thales Group, Fulcrum Biometric Inc., Nuance Communication Inc., Precise Biometric, Qualcomm Technology, Dreamlog Identification System Inc, Cognitec System Gmbh, Daon Inc., and Demia are the major companies in the market.
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