Global Biometrics Market in the Government Sector 2016-2020

  • Published: May 2016
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This industry research report presents a detailed segmentation of the global biometrics market in the government sector by technology (fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, DNA analysis, and others), by end user (defense department, homeland security department, and others), and by geography (APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America). Leading vendors in the market are Cross Match Technologies, 3M Cogent, M2SYS, NEC, and Safran.

Overview of the global biometrics market in the government sector

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global biometrics market in the government sector to impressively grow at a tremendous CAGR of almost 12% over the forecast period. Increasing instances of terrorist attacks across North America and Europe have made airport security extremely stringent and a priority for many governments. Fingerprint recognition solutions are one of the best options available for the authentication of passengers traveling across the country. The implementation of such biometric solutions enables airport officials to monitor passengers more efficiently as the chances for errors are fewer. Moreover, fingerprint recognition solutions also provide complete information about the passengers entering and exiting the airport, and this information can be used to track terror suspects. Since governments around the world are looking to counter terrorist attacks, the demand for biometric solutions for adoption at airports will increase significantly over the next few years.

The emergence of touchless sensing technology is one of the most important trends spurring the growth prospects for the global biometrics market in the government sector. Previously, fingerprint scan involved the end user placing his/her finger on a paper or a platen surface, which rendered degraded images due to improper finger placement, slippage, smearing, skin deformation, and wear and tear of the device. This led to several discrepancies in the authentication process leading to unauthorized access. However, the latest technological advancements have led to the development of touchless sensing technology that generates a 3D fingerprint scan to overcome the problems faced by the traditional fingerprint recognition technology. This touchless fingerprint technology is interoperable with legacy devices to provide high-quality images. Moreover, to make 3D fingerprint images interoperable with current AFIS systems, a simulated rolling procedure was introduced. The procedure unwraps 3D fingerprint images into 2D fingerprint images that are comparable with legacy rolled fingerprints. Also, 3D fingerprint image provides a high-quality, large, and nail end to nail bed representation of the finger, which in turn will lead to its augmented demand and increased adoption in the coming years.

Segmentation by end user and analysis of the biometric market in the government sector

  • Defense department
  • Homeland security department

During 2015, the defense segment dominated the market and accounted for more than 52% of the market shares in terms of revenue. The highest level of security and confidentiality is essential for the defense department, as unauthorized access to a country's defense systems can harm the security of the entire nation. The defense department uses biometric systems for monitoring purposes, access control, and identification of individuals. Additionally, governments around the world allocate significant amounts in their defense budgets for biometric solutions, leading to its increased adoption until the end of 2020.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the biometric market in the government sector

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • MEA
  • North America
  • South America

North America led the global biometrics market in the government sector and is expected to reach close to USD 4 billion by 2020. North America is an early adopter of biometrics technology and many countries in this region have invested significantly in a number of biometric projects. However, the market will be driven by continuous investments in surveillance technologies in the next four years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

Although the global biometrics market in the government sector is in its maturity stage, the market is highly competitive due to the presence of several multinational vendors. The market still has a lot of scope for growth, which will encourage the entry of new players during the forecast period. Large vendors often acquire the smaller vendors to expand their product portfolio and market shars. The competition is likely to get intense with an increase in solution extensions, technological innovations, and M&A activity.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Cross Match Technologies
  • 3M Cogent
  • M2SYS Technology
  • NEC
  • Safran

Other prominent vendors in the market include Aware, Ayonix, BI² Technologies, BioEnable, BioLink Solutions, Cardzme, Cognitec Systems, FaceFirst, Fulcrum Biometrics, Iris ID, IRITECH, M2SYS, Nuance Communications, SpeechPro, Suprema, and TENBIO.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global biometrics market in the government sector?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global biometrics market in the government sector?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global biometrics market in the government sector?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global biometrics market in the government sector?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America. 
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global biometrics market in the government sector?

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Primary sources

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Data Synthesis

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  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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