Global Automated Fingerprint Identification System Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Mar 2016
  • Pages: 53
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This market research report presents a comprehensive analysis of the global automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) market by application (criminal and civil), by end user (government and others), and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). Key vendors in this market are 3M Cogent, M2SYS Technology, NEC, and Safran.

Outlook for the global automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) market

AFIS or automated fingerprint identification system is a method in which fingerprints from individuals are stored as digital images in a database. Each fingerprint has features like arches, loops, and whorls that are unique to an individual. The current version of AFIS has been in use only for a few years and has revolutionized the way matches are made. AFIS is best known for use by law enforcement agencies to compare prints and apprehend criminals. These days, a slightly different version of AFIS is used by companies to let employees gain access to their workplace. Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global AFIS market to grow at a steady CAGR of over 12% during the forecast period.

AFIS related technology is evolving daily thanks to mobile devices and their extensive use in different sectors. Fingerprints can be used not only to authenticate a person’s identity but also to ensure that they have the permission to use equipment or gain access to an office. For instance, 3M offers scalable packages that can be customized to meet any needs, whether it is for companies or government organizations. AFIS is used in situations when access to sensitive information has to be restricted.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the AFIS market 

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In this market study, analysts have estimated the Americas to be the largest market for AFIS during the forecast period. The US will be the biggest market for AFIS technology in this region as AFIS is extensively used by law enforcement agencies here to apprehend criminals. The AFIS technology is also used to monitor visitor traffic at airports located in and around the Americas. Advances in programming and related technologies are anticipated to bring changes like iris scanning, which in turn will help to make the system foolproof. Revenues for the Americas will surpass USD 2 billion by 2020.             

Application-based segmentation and analysis of the AFIS market

  • Criminal
  • Civil

According to Technavio’s market research report, the civil application segment will be the largest market segment for AFIS technology during the forecast period. The extensive use of AFIS technology for commercial applications in the financial sector, point-of-sale systems, and ATMs will result in this market segment’s high growth over the next few years. Though the adoption of criminal AFIS will increase significantly during the forecast period, the civil AFIS segment will dominate this market by accounting for almost 56% of the total market share by 2020.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

AFIS technology and the related technologies market are in their infancy. There are several large and small vendors competing to gain market share. There is a lot of potential in the market for new players, and many are expanding their portfolios to distinguish themselves from the rest. To survive, vendors have to offer customized and unique products.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • 3M Cogent
  • M2SYS Technology
  • NEC Corporation
  • Safran Group

Other prominent vendors in the market include AFIX Technologies, BioEnable, BioLink Solutions, Biometrics4All, Crossmatch, Dermalog Identification Systems, Futronic, Innovatrics, Papillon Systems, Sonda Technologies, Secure Outcomes, and Suprema.

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 AFIS market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global AFIS market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth for AFIS?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global AFIS market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the AFIS market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global AFIS market?

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Table of Content

PART 01:  Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02:  Scope of the report

  • Applications
  • End-users
  • Regions

PART 03:  Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04:  Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05:  Market description

  • Workflow of AFIS
  • Difference between AFIS and non-AFIS
  • List of major AFIS projects worldwide

PART 06:  Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Share of AFISs in global fingerprint biometrics market
  • Market size and forecast

PART 07:  Life cycle analysis

PART 08:  Market segmentation by application

  • Global AFIS market by application 2015-2020
  • Global civil AFIS market
  • Global criminal AFIS market

PART 09:  Market segmentation by end-user

  • Global AFIS market by end-user segmentation 2015-2020
  • Global AFIS market in government sector

PART 10:  Geographical segmentation

  • Global AFIS market by geographical segmentation 2015-2020
  • AFIS market in Americas
  • AFIS market in EMEA
  • AFIS market in APAC

PART 11:  Market attractiveness

  • Market attractiveness by applications
  • Market attractiveness by end-user
  • Market attractiveness by geography

PART 12:  Buying criteria

  • Cost
  • Features
  • User-friendliness
  • Interoperability

PART 13:  Technology integration

  • Biometrics and smartcards
  • Multimodal biometrics for law enforcement

PART 14:  Market developments

  • New initiatives by governments
  • Cloud-based AFIS

PART 15:  Market challenges

  • High total cost of ownership
  • Strong competition from inexpensive non-biometric technologies
  • Need to handle large-scale identification projects

PART 16:  Market trends

  • Emergence of touchless sensing technology
  • Increased adoption of mobile AFIS readers

PART 17:  Five forces model

PART 18:  Vendor analysis

  • Competitive landscape
  • Vendor matrix
  • Vendor description
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 19:  Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 20:  Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • 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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