Ongoing concerns about national security are driving border authorities to continue to embrace biometric and digital identification based automation, according to a new report by biometrics focused market research firm Acuity Market Intelligence.The seismic changes expected as a result of the Trump administration will come as biometric border security is already rolling out at pace around the world, stated the company.Indeed, Acuity reports there are 2143 Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates and 1436 Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks currently deployed at more than 163 ports of entry across the globe. Deployments increased significantly between 2013 to 2016 achieving a combined CAGR of 37%. APC Kiosks reached 75% growth during this period while ABC eGates grew at a more modest 24% CAGR.”As the Trump administration doubles down on immigration restrictions and promises of 'extreme vetting,' the reality is that biometrics are used to scrutinize millions of international travelers across the globe every day,” says Maxine Most, Principal at Acuity Market Intelligence. “Digital Identification technology, including biometrics, allow immigration and border agencies to reliably vet visitors, immigrants, and refugees and automate border identification and control providing secure facilitation at ports of entry for international travelers worldwide.””APC Kiosk deployments grew rapidly in 2014 and 2015 increasing from 200 to 1247 units,” says Most, a biometric identity and security technology expert. “Growth tapered off in 2016, reaching only 1436 units. However, Acuity expects growth to accelerate again in 2017 and 2018 as APC Kiosks migrate to Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.””Currently, 2143 ABC eGates operate in 63 countries,” Most says. “Asia is home to 38.5% of all eGates deployed at land, sea and airports worldwide while 34% are deployed in Europe. Acuity expects ABC eGate numbers to continue to grow as existing airport deployments expand, new airport deployments come on-line, and land and seaports increasingly deploy eGates.”