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Automated border control expands across North American airports and into the Caribbean

Denver, Aruba, and the Bahamas become the latest to adopt APC kiosks.

DENVER – In the past week, Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba announced they will join the ranks of 25 North American airports currently offering expedited border control processing to international travelers via Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks.

According to Maxine Most, Principal at Acuity Market Intelligence, “Today, there are 737 APC Kiosks operating in North America with another 164 targeted to go live by Spring 2015. This is up from 280 In February 2014 and will bring the total number of APC Kiosks located in the United States, Canada, and now in the Caribbean, to 901 by early next year.”

“APC Kiosk numbers will continue to grow rapidly as they migrate across the Americas to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East,” says Most, a biometric identity and security technology expert. “Acuity Market Intelligence projects the global market for APC Kiosks will reach 8,000 by 2018.”

Currently, APC Kiosks enable United States and Canadian passport holders, permanent residents, and international travelers from 37 visa-waiver countries to input their immigration and biometric information before reaching passport control. This level of automation has decreased international arrival and pre-clearance border control wait times by as much as 80%.

Acuity Market Intelligence reports that the Vancouver Airport Authority, the original developer of APC Kiosks, leads the market with deployments at 18 airports representing more than 60% of total kiosk market share. SITA is a distant second with 126 APC Kiosks installed at five airports.   

Acuity latest research publication, the “APC Kiosk Deployment List” provides details for each known deployment including the number of kiosks, locations, installation date, vendors, costs, etc., as well as vendor market share information.

For comprehensive insight and detailed forecasts for all airport based Automated Border Control (ABC) kiosks and egates see “The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks”.

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