Biometric Smart Cards Market - Global Industry Trend Analysis 2013 to 2017 and Forecast 2018 - 2028


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Continuous demand for enhanced security and identification systems during payment processes or transactions, authorising access and to identify an individual has led to the increasing adoption of biometric technology. Besides biometric systems, other entry or access systems such as smart cards are also available in the market. Continuous innovations in technology have enabled the integration of smart cards as well as biometric technology to offer biometric smart cards.

Since their inception, high adoption of biometric smart cards is witnessed, especially in developed countries such as the U.S. and the U.K in the BFSI industry vertical. Besides the BFSI industry vertical, biometric smart cards have applications in government as well as military & defence, hospitality, residential, industrial and telecommunication industry verticals, among others. With the progression of technology and the advantages associated with biometric smart cards, the market is expected to gain traction in terms of value during the forecast period.

One of the recent trends witnessed in the global biometric smart cards market is the introduction of contactless biometric smart cards for catering to the increasing demand for the same from the BFSI industry vertical. For instance, in June 2018, Precise Biometrics collaborated with NXP Semiconductor for integrating its Precise BioMatch Card software into NXP’s biometric smart cards.

The biometric smart cards market has witnessed considerable traction in the past four years in terms of value. Owing to the increasing demand for technologically advanced electronic products and increasing applications of biometric technology across the globe, the global biometric smart cards market is expected to witness double-digit growth during the forecast period.

Biometric Smart Cards Market: Market Dynamics

The increasing adoption of smart cards is witnessed globally across various sectors, such as banking, government, healthcare and telecommunication, due to the convenience and enhanced end-user experience associated with them. The integration of biometric technology, i.e. the introduction of biometric smart cards, further adds a layer of security for authentication and identification in the aforementioned industry verticals. Thus, the increasing demand for security, complimented by an increase in the adoption of smart cards and continuous innovations in technology, is expected to be the primary driving factor for the global biometric smart cards market. Furthermore, initiatives undertaken by the government for enhancing security and access & identification systems is also expected to boost the adoption of biometric smart cards. The demand for biometric smart cards is also complimented by a global increase in crime and trespassing cases.

Changing consumer spending behaviour owing to increasing disposable income has increased the demand for the implementation of advanced technologies in developing countries such as India, China, Brazil, etc. This has created high growth opportunities for the global biometric smart cards market in terms of value. Thus, it is recommended for vendors and service providers of biometric smart cards to invest and expand their business in these countries.

However, lack of resources for the implementation of biometric smart cards, in addition to the lack of awareness about the same in certain developing and underdeveloped countries, is hampering the growth of the global biometric smart cards market.

Biometric Smart Cards Market: Segmentation

The global biometric smart cards market can be segmented on the basis of type, identification type, end-user and region.

Segmentation of the biometric smart cards market by type:

On the basis of type, the biometric smart cards market can be segmented as:

  • Contact Biometric Smart Cards
  • Contactless Biometric Smart Cards

Segmentation of the biometric smart cards market by identification type:

On the basis of identification type, the biometric smart cards market can be segmented as:

  • Fingerprint Biometric Smart Cards
  • Iris Biometric Smart Cards
  • Others

The fingerprint biometric smart cards segment is expected to hold a majority of the market share in 2018 and a higher growth rate during the forecast period owing to the ease of manufacturing and low cost as compared to any other biometric smart card.

Segmentation of the biometric smart cards market by end user:

On the basis of end user, the biometric smart cards market can be segmented as:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial

Among the above, owing to the maximum demand and area of application, the commercial segment held the majority share of the global biometric smart cards market in 2017.

Biometric smart cards Market: Key Players

Some of the key players in the biometric smart cards market are IDEMIA, IDEX, CardLogix Corporation, Precise Biometrics, Gemalto NV, NEXT Biometrics, IriTech, inc., JB Systems, Aware, Inc. and lenel.com.

The top players in the global biometric smart cards market are focusing on retaining their position by collaborating with their top-tier ecosystem partners for leveraging their solutions. IDEX, which is one of the Tier-1 players in the market, is one such player in the global biometric smart cards market. In April 2017, Mastercard launched its biometric smart card featuring IDEX’s first-of-its-kind fingerprint sensor.

Biometric Smart Cards Market: Regional Overview

By geography, the biometric smart cards market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, Japan, SEA & others in Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa. Among these regions, the North America biometric smart cards market is expected to dominate the global biometric smart cards market during the forecast period owing to the high adoption of biometric smart cards in corporate offices, BFSI and governments in the region. The Asia Pacific (including Japan and China) biometric smart cards market and the Europe biometric smart cards market are expected to follow the North America biometric smart cards market in the global biometric smart cards market in terms of revenue. The China biometric smart cards market is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period. The Latin America biometric smart cards market is also expected to witness a significant growth rate during the forecast period.

Regional analysis for the market includes,

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Peru
    • Rest of LatAm
  • Europe
    • EU – 4 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
    • U.K.
    • BENELUX (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg)
    • NORDIC (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden)
    • Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Czech Rep., etc.)
    • Rest of Europe
  • CIS & Russia
  • Japan
  • APEJ
    • Greater China
    • India
    • Korea
    • ASEAN Countries
    • Rest of APEJ
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • Turkey
    • Iran
    • Israel
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA

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