Airport Baggage Screening System Market – Market Overview
In the current scenario, rapidly rising population and increasing security threats, across the globe, have resulted in installation of airport baggage screening systems, resulting in a common phenomenon. Due to the growing terror threats and airport incidents, the explosive detection systems have become the primary equipment that ensure safety of individuals at airports. These screening systems providing higher image quality than the traditional screeners, has become a vital factor during searches for explosives, weapons, and contrabands in baggage. Such advantages of the baggage screeners have resulted in a higher number of airports employing the explosive detection systems, in recent times.
Of late, manufacturers such as the Analogic Corporation and the Smiths Group have invested, extensively, in the development of technology, so as to make baggage screening systems less intrusive and better efficient on individuals. In addition, the increasing incidence of mergers and acquisition in the aviation industry will result in consolidation of the market, which is expected to have a moderate effect on the industry’s price competition. Such developments in the market will further fuel the demand for baggage screening systems.
Concurrently, there have been increasing investments on airport infrastructure, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Moreover, a number of smart initiatives are being introduced at the airports, which is expected to augment the aviation industry, as a whole. International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) are focusing on ensuring minimal inconvenience to passengers and facilitate optimized airport operations. As a result, airport baggage screening systems are expected to be subjected to rapid technological developments.
The Smart Security initiative aims to minimize passenger wait times and maintain advanced levels of security at checkpoints at airports. Towards this end, airports are incorporating innovative and advanced technologies to improve the flow of people and bags throughout checkpoints. Currently, many airports have adopted advanced carry-on baggage X-ray machines, new throughput processes, and pre-airport checks with a goal towards automation of airports. The integration of such IT technologies in airports have attracted new investments in the market.
In addition, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is improving the existing checkpoint and checked baggage screening technologies, to increase their detection capabilities and efficiencies. Some of the technologies are Advanced Imaging Technology, X-Ray scanners, Explosives Detection Systems, and Explosives Trace Detection. Such developments are expected to significantly contribute in the growth of the global market.
Moreover, the recent application of 3D scanning for airport baggage screening has shown positive results, with significant reduction in queues and bottlenecks. The COBRA machines, developed by Analogic Corp. provide three-dimensional images of bags that automatically detect any possible security threats or presence of illegal substances. These advanced baggage screeners do not require human interference. Rather, in case of a threat, the bag is automatically flagged and removed from the queue to be physically screened by an airport security agent. The preference of 3D technology over the conventional screening methods for baggage screening, has reduced the instances of false alarms and delays, resulting in high operational efficiency.
In addition, with the growing demand for artificial intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has initiated a program to develop machine learning powered tools. This can predict security threats, essentially streamlining the screening operations, and simultaneously making them more accurate.
The leading market players in the global airport baggage screening system market primarily include American Science and Engineering Inc., Analogic Corporation, Astrophysics INC, Gilardoni, Rapiscan Systems, Glidepath Group, L3 Security & Detection Systems, Nuctech Company Limited, Smiths Detection, and C.E.I.A. S.p.A.
Airport Baggage Screening System Market – Competitive Analysis
The global airport baggage screening systems market is characterized by the presence of many global, regional, and local vendors. The market is highly competitive with all the players competing to gain market share. Intense competition, rapid advances in technology, frequent changes in government policies, and environmental regulations are the key factors that confront market growth. The vendors compete based on cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. It is crucial for the vendors to provide cost-efficient and high-quality airport baggage screening systems, so as to survive and succeed in an intensely competitive market environment.
The growth of the market vendors is dependent on the market conditions, government support, and industry development. Thus, the vendors should focus on expanding geographically and improving services.
Industry/ Innovation/ Related News:
August 2017:- Analogic announced its plan to launch the ConneCT Checkpoint CT Scanner for the Americas at Future Travel Experience Global 2017
July 2017 – OSI Systems, Inc. acquired the explosive trace detection business from Smiths Group
May 2017:- L3 Security & Detection Systems received an order from Istanbul New Airport, for the provision of 24 MV3D hold baggage explosives detection systems (EDS).
April 2017:- Nuctech launched new airport security solutions such as Keyline, CT inspection system, trace exploder detector, Raman inspection system, MMW (millimeter wave) human body inspection system, and dual-view x-ray inspection system, at the Netherlands Passenger Terminal EXPO
Airport Baggage Screening System Market – Segments
For the convenience of the report and enhanced understanding; the airport baggage screening system market is segmented in to 3 key dynamics:
Segmentation by Baggage Type: Hold Baggage and Cabin Baggage
Segmentation by Product Type: Explosive Detection Systems, X-Ray Systems, Computed Tomography Systems, and Advanced Baggage Screening Systems
Segmentation by Regions: Comprises Geographical regions – North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America
Airport Baggage Screening System Market – Regional Analysis
North America is one of the leading regions in the airport baggage screening systems market. The existence of the major manufacturers such as Rapiscan Systems and Astrophysics Inc., in this region, results in this region leading in the airport baggage screening systems market. This is supported by the availability of sophisticated technologies to manufacture high-tech baggage screening systems. In addition, strict government norms and airport authorities ensuring implementation of regular and advanced security checks, also fuel the market growth.
Moreover, the Middle East and Africa region is a growing market for the airport baggage screening systems market. Since the Middle East region, in particular, is plagued with terrorist activities, the market for airport baggage screening has significant potential for growth. With the government authorities taking proper measures to ensure the safety of the passengers in this region, it is expected that there would be a high demand of airport baggage screeners in this region.
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