PARIS – Smart security industry association Eurosmart has predicted that secure element shipments in the government and healthcare segments will grow 8% in 2015, amid expectations of a "sustained upward trend" in the sector.In terms of smart secure device shipments, the group predicts total shipments of 410 million units in the government and healthcare sector in 2015, a 7.9% growth in the year before. In 2016, this is forecast to accelerate to 455 million units – or a rise of 11%."Embedded security elements in smartphones increasingly offer services such as eGovernment – mobile identities are based on a secure digital identity," said Eurosmart President Timothee Mangenot. "If secure elements inside phones are accessing government services, this will increase the user experience – so everybody wins – governments and citizens".For contactless units in government and healthcare, Eurosmart revealed at the Cartes 2015 Secure connexions conference and exhibition in Paris that there will be 250 million units shipped in 2015 and 270 million next year.Overall, the segment is expected to account for 4% of the secure element market in 2015, and 5% the next year. The market is dominated by telecoms (59%), and payment cards (28%).Across all segments, Eurosmart has found that there will a 12% growth rate in 2015 to 9bn shipments of secure elements, with this to rise to 9.8bn in 2016.Mangenot said the growth was attributable to EMV migration, mobility trends and a rise in eGovernment services.Positive results are also expected for SIM card shipments, with 5.45m to be shipped this year.Eurosmart confirmed an upward trend for the government and healthcare sectors, noting that these markets demand an emphasis on security and privacy."Security and the protection of personal data and privacy are especially important when it comes to sensitive data regarding identity and authentication. For example, eBorder and eVisa services require the highest level of security possible," said Mangenot.