The overhaul of frictionless border security hardware across aviation is culminating in a high surge of revenue for e-gate providers, which a Juniper report has predicted will rise exponentially between 2023 and 2027 as more airports undergo transformations.

The hefty earnings from updating existing systems will exceed $490 million by 2027, up from $207 million in 2023. The report assesses the huge tide turn of international travel returning to pre-pandemic times contributing to the present boom in the border security technology.

While normal passenger flow is welcomed after the pandemic, it reapplies pressure onto significant pain points for the travel and aviation industries in maintaining security procedures while enhancing customer satisfaction.

Research author Jordan Rookes echoed the belief that solutions would shoulder the intense pressure to cope with rebounding international travel. Airports will explore signing up new contractors who can deliver efficient border control systems.

Accordingly, vendors must highlight their solutions’ ability to efficiently and reliably process a continuous flow of passengers when marketing their products”. 

The adoption of AI-technologies will be essential to achieving the 47% expected growth jump over this period, but campaigners argue investing heavily in biometrics only amplifies concerns about security and privacy. Biometrics match a passenger’s physical biometrics with personal data stored in biometric passport chips.

To curb illegal migration, some 27 European countries in the Schengen area have eliminated mutual borders and the EU plans to restore a unified external border control system by creating a centralised EES (Entry/Exit System) which leverages border perimeter technologies.

There are many different forms of border security technology, which the report highlights have their own unique benefits, drawbacks and applications.