The global security screening market size was valued at USD 10.80 billion in 2021. It is projected to reach USD 25.89 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 10.2% during the forecast period (2022–2030). The primary purpose of installing security devices is to ensure the safety and security of individuals and their belongings. Security screening protects financial and human security from threats posed by unethical and illegal activities. The rising demand for security equipment, such as X-ray systems, handheld detectors, and biometric systems is anticipated to create growth opportunities for the security screening market. Technological advancements in the security screening market may positively affect market growth in the coming years. Numerous nations have increased their expenditures on new security equipment to enhance security measures.
The growing number of smart cities has necessitated the installation of security systems, while the expansion of airports is driving the expansion of the security screening market. Detecting land mines and weapons, such as firearms, blades, and knives, has become a crucial aspect of security screening. This technology is in high demand because it protects sensitive and private information. According to global security screening market trends, market participants are pursuing new technologies, such as the Development of web-based applications, Internet of Things-based devices, and many others, thereby driving the market growth.
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Increasing Regional Security Concerns and Public Gathering Surveillance
Criminal activity is on the rise, which affects operational effectiveness, security regulations, and standards that are in place around the world. Examples include terrorism, illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons, and illegal immigration. These high-security standards involve deploying a security screening process that includes security personnel and security screening devices, which helps resolve complex security needs.
Crowded places, which require many security screening devices, help identify and detect potential dangers and crime scenes before and after they occur. In threat-affected areas, the deployment of security screening devices has been necessitated by the complexity of today's ever-evolving threat. The adoption of automation in security and screening provides more intelligent and capable technologies to identify threats more rapidly and precisely and also enables a faster screening process, which contributes to a more convenient access system.
High Cost and Increasing Health Concerns
Full-body scanners perform scans from head to toe on the human body and aid in detecting all types of contraband with high image quality. Full-body scanners use x-ray and millimeter waves to scan. As the full-body scanner performs a full body scan, it requires a highly secured database, an ID camera, a supervisor monitor, a connected landscape monitor with a detailed close-up view, and viewer software. However, these devices and technologies increase the price of full-body scanners by substituting full-body scanners with inexpensive detectors such as explosives trace detection, metal detectors, pat-downs, and canine units.
There are two different types of body scanners, X-ray and millimeter-wave. Both scanners help scan the human body to detect concealed objects. There are two types of X-body scanners: backscatter and transmission. The latter sends higher-energy X-rays through the body like a conventional medical X-ray machine and can reveal internal body objects. Backscatter scanners emit low-energy X-rays that reveal the presence of objects. Transmission scanners utilize tenfold more X-rays than backscatter scanners. Exposure to high levels of X-rays can increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease and cause cataracts and heritable effects. In that case, it is preferable to use a backscatter scanner rather than a transmission scanner to reduce health risks or to replace the X-ray body scanner with a millimeter-wave body scanner to avoid health risks.
Increase in Demand and Emerging IoT-based Technology
The proliferation of criminal and terrorist acts is a driving force behind installing explosives detection systems (EDS) in many airports. The next-generation high-speed automatic explosives detection system (EDS) utilizes a dual-view dual-energy X-ray line scanner with full 3D volumetric computed tomography (CT) imaging and reconstruction. This helps automatically identify dangerous goods such as lithium batteries, flammable solids & liquids, and compressed and liquefied gases in luggage.
Internet of Things cameras offers a variety of helpful features, including automatic face recognition, video analysis, image analysis, and analysis of visitors. This helps in the identification of suspicious people as well as the early detection of crimes. In addition, the image quality provided by an IoT camera is typically superior to that of an analog camera. It is anticipated that cameras based on the internet of things will become increasingly popular in the security screening market in the years to come.
The global security screening market is segmented by device type and end-user.
Based on device type, the global security screening market is divided into X-ray, metal, explosive, and biometric systems.
The metal detectors segment is the highest contributor to the market, growing at a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period. Metal detectors are most used in airport security. Additionally, they can locate any hidden illegal or dangerous weapons on a person or in their luggage. These devices are also used in the construction industry to identify and locate steel reinforcing bars in concrete, pipes, and wires concealed within walls and floors. Metal detectors come in a variety of forms, including handheld and walk-through metal detectors. The X-ray system is the second most dominating in the market. The government, the aeronautics industry, and business zones such as banks, establishments, shopping centers, and lodgings use X-ray security systems. Aeronautics is highly receptive to X-beam security screening devices due to their ability to effectively filter and distinguish objects concealed within or beneath an individual's clothing.
Based on end-use, the global security screening market is categorized into government buildings, airports, educational institutes, and public places.
The others segment was the highest contributor to the market, with a CAGR of 10.6%. Today, safety and security are a top priority. Most unsafe locations are public spaces, hospitals, retail stores, amusement parks, and train stations. Consequently, security is essential in these locations. Various safety measures are utilized, including body scanners, baggage scanners, handheld detectors, walk-through detectors, and X-ray systems.
Many locations use biometric systems for identification purposes. Railway stations will install walk-through and handheld detectors in numerous locations to achieve airport-like security. Public Places are the second dominating segment of the market. Individuals can now keep liquids and electrical equipment in their cabin baggage while still having their belongings scanned by the new computerized tomography (CT) scanners installed in public places. There has been a recent surge in contactless detection devices for use in public areas to aid in safety and threat assessment.
The global security screening market is studied across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
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Asia-Pacific is the highest revenue contributor and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 11.3% during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is anticipated to have the highest demand for screening equipment. The increasing number of airports is anticipated to be the primary driver of market expansion. Security screening assures threats posed by unethical and illegal conduct. In addition, it is anticipated that the growth of the infrastructure sector will boost the growth of the security screening market. The Asia-Pacific market is analyzed for China, Australia, South Korea, and the rest of the region. China dominated the security screening market in the Asia-Pacific region, holding the largest market share.
North America is the second most dominant and is expected to reach USD 4.9 billion in 2030 with a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period. The thriving e-commerce industry, the increase in the number of airports, the rise in terrorism, and the expansion of unethical activities are the primary reasons for the growing demand for security screening in this region. Current innovations in checkpoint security contribute to the expansion of the market as a whole. L3 Technologies Inc, Aware, Inc, Iris ID Inc, Smiths Detection, Point Security Inc, Rapiscan Systems, Adani Systems, Analogic Corporation, and XP Metal Detectors are the key players in North America.