Full body scanners are an emerging and a revolutionary concept under development due to the increased need for security at the airports because of the increased incidences of terrorism and other criminal activities. The market players are actively investing in this technology, thus promoting a strong R&D in order to develop machines that will emit minimal radiations and effects on human health. Moreover, the increasing passenger traffic globally and growing need for strict security measures is expected to boost the growth of the global airport full body scanners market.
Driving Factors and Restraints
The considerable growth of the worldwide market for airport full body scanner can be majorly attributed to the following factors:
- Growing concern regarding airport security
- Tremendous growth in passenger traffic across the globe
- Rising need for stringent security measures to tackle terrorist and criminal activities such as smuggling
Although the market for airport full body scanners is poised for a significant growth over the coming years, issues related to health and privacy may hinder the future market growth. Moreover, improving the effectiveness of the existing scanners and protecting the data are the key challenges for the leading players involved in this market.
Market Trends and Predictions
The size of the global airport full body scanner market which is estimated to be USD 79.0 Million in 2016 is projected to reach USD 118.2 Million by the end of 2021, growing at a CAGR of 8.40% during the forecast period. Among regions, North America is expected to dominate the market with largest share in 2016, and is also projected to register the highest growth. This trend is expected to continue over the forecast period as well. While the European market is the emerging market due to the strict policies enforced by the European Commission, the market in Asia-Pacific is still in the introduction phase.
Based on technology, the segment of millimeter radio-wave scanner is expected to showcase the highest growth during the forecast period. Among its sub-type, the passive scanner segment is projected to hold the largest market share, owing to the non-emission of artificial rays for screening the human body. On the basis of airport class, the Class A segment is estimated to be the largest market in this segment, mainly due to the high passenger traffic in these airports and growing need for sophisticated security measures to curb terror and criminal activities.
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The worldwide market for airport full body scanners has been studied and predicted on the basis of following segmentation:
- Technology: Millimeter Radio-Wave Scanner (including Passive Scanner and Active Scanner), Backscatter X-Ray Scanner
- Airport Class: Class A, Class B, Class C
- Region: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, RoW
Smiths Detection (U.K.), Rapiscan Systems (U.S.), Braun and Company Ltd., Morpho (Safran), and L-3 Communications Security & Detection Systems (U.S.), among others are the major players involved in the global market for airport full body scanners.