Biometrics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Biometrics Market is segmented by Type (Hardware, Software and Services), Biometric Type (IRIS Recognition, Hand Geometry, Facial Recognition, Signature Verification, AFIS, Voice Recognition), End User (Government and Law Enforcement, Commercial and Retail, Healthcare, BFSI, Travel and Immigration), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

biometrics market
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 14.59 %

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Market Overview

The Biometrics Market was valued at USD 27.92 billion in 2020, and it is projected to be worth USD 62.9 billion by 2026 while registering a CAGR of 14.59% during the period of 2021-2026. The biometrics market is anticipated to develop at a significant growth rate, owing to the rising number of terrorist activities, coupled with the increasing theft activities pertaining to crucial data and information that have raised concerns regarding national security.

  • Significant factors, such as growth in the e-passport program, government support, and extensive use in criminal identification, are expected to majorly drive the market’s growth over the forecast period. Organizations across various sectors, where security remains the primary concern, are investing heavily in their security systems, with a focus on access control systems. The defense, law enforcement, as well as government institutions are some of the prominent users of this technology.
  • Moreover, the soaring need to strengthen national security augmented the growth of these systems, globally. Iris recognition is used in various countries for different purposes, such as passport-free automated border crossings.
  • Consumer biometric applications have expanded rapidly over the recent years, with increased adoption of mobile devices. The consumer electronics sector is dominated majorly by security and access control devices, owing to the adoption of biometric systems. Thus, it is supporting the growth of the market.
  • Furthermore, IoT is expected to be a potential driver, primarily due to its ability to aid the combination of analytics and continuous assessment to generate an adequate level of assurance in real-time. IoT One forecasts that about 50 billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices may be in use by 2020. It also estimated that about 500 million biometric sensors had been deployed for IoT in 2018.

Scope of the Report

Biometrics refers to the measurement and statistical analysis of an individual’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics. It is mainly used for identification and access control, or for identifying individuals who are under surveillance.

By Type
Software and Services
By Biometric Type
IRIS Recognition
Hand Geometry
Facial Recognition
Signature Verification
Voice Recognition
Other Biometric Types (Vein, etc.)
By End User
Government and Law Enforcement
Commercial and Retail
Travel and Immigration
Other End Users
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Facial Recognition Technology Expected to Grow Significantly

  • Facial recognition has been gaining prominence in recent times, owing to the benefits it offers over traditional surveillance techniques, like biometrics. The governments across the world have been investing significant resources in facial recognition technology, among which, the United States and China are leading adopters.
  • Brisbane Airport is conducting trials to implement facial recognition services from check-in to boarding. This is expected to be launched in all airports in Australia by the end of 2019. Additionally, Narita International Airport, Tokyo, announced that its passengers are likely to be able to board flights with facial biometrics instead of a passport or boarding pass check, starting in spring 2020.
  • Initially, the technology found many errors when deployed in real-time. According to a study conducted by MIT researchers in 2018, Microsoft, IBM, and the China-based Megvii (FACE++) tools had high error rates when identifying darker-skinned women compared to lighter-skinned men. In June 2018, Microsoft, in a blog post, announced that it had made solid improvements to its biased facial recognition technology. 
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North America Expected to Dominate the Market

  • North America is expected to hold a prominent share in the biometrics market. The region offers lucrative opportunities for market growth, exhibiting a massive demand for biometrics authentication technology from various end-user industries, such as government, healthcare, BFSI, and others.
  • Rising incidences of terrorist attacks in recent years have compelled the government of the region to implement robust physical security strategies. The biggest facial recognition surveillance system in the country is operated by the FBI.
  • Airports are also witnessing increasing biometric adoption in the region due to the government’s focus on border control. For instance, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, in collaboration with US Customs and Bordor Protection (CBP), launched a cloud-based biometric screening system in September 2018, that deploys facial-recognition technology to streamline passenger verification and boarding on outbound international flights.
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Competitive Landscape

The Biometrics Market is highly fragmented due to the presence of various vendors across the world. The market is also fragmented due to the increasing adoption of Biometrics solutions in various end-user industries. Also, the vendors are making significant product developments to expand their market presence. The market is also viewing strategic partnerships and acquisitions as a lucrative path for expansion.

  • October 2019 - Google Pay added biometrics for digital payments. The feature can be seen in the latest 2.100 version of the app and allows users to protect their online transactions using fingerprint and facial recognition features.
  • October 2019 - The first biometric fingerprint credit card was issued by a UK bank which began its three-month national trial in October. NatWest is a piloting biometric fingerprint technology with 150 customers, in partnership with Mastercard and Gemalto, a Thales Company.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Demand for Biometric Solutions in Consumer-facing Applications

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Adoption from the Public and Government Sectors in Emerging Countries

      3. 4.2.3 Key Technological Developments Leading to the Commodification of Biometrics

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Operational Concerns Related to Privacy, Security, and ROI

    4. 4.4 Industry Stakeholder Analysis

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Key Technological Advancements in the Field of Biometrics


    1. 5.1 Voice and Speech Recognition to be at the Forefront of Technological Change

    2. 5.2 Rise of Mobile Biometrics

    3. 5.3 Non-consumer Biometrics to Retain Dominance

    4. 5.4 Continuous Authentication to Emerge as the Key Trend

    5. 5.5 Regulatory Concerns Around the Collection of Biometric Data to Remain a Key Challenge Faced by the Major Stakeholders

    6. 5.6 Research Efforts to Focus on New Areas, such as Heartbeat Detection through Wearables

    7. 5.7 Biometrics-as-a-Service to Gradually Replace Traditional Model of Deploying Biometric Solutions at the Consumer Premises


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Hardware

      2. 6.1.2 Software and Services

    2. 6.2 By Biometric Type

      1. 6.2.1 IRIS Recognition

      2. 6.2.2 Hand Geometry

      3. 6.2.3 Facial Recognition

      4. 6.2.4 Signature Verification

      5. 6.2.5 AFIS

      6. 6.2.6 Voice Recognition

      7. 6.2.7 Other Biometric Types (Vein, etc.)

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Government and Law Enforcement

      2. 6.3.2 Commercial and Retail

      3. 6.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.3.4 BFSI

      5. 6.3.5 Travel and Immigration

      6. 6.3.6 Other End Users

    4. 6.4 Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Latin America

      5. 6.4.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Gemalto NV (Thales Group)

      2. 7.1.2 Leidos Holdings Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 NEC Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 M2SYS Technology

      5. 7.1.5 BioEnable Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

      6. 7.1.6 SmilePass

      7. 7.1.7 ImageWare Systems Inc.

      8. 7.1.8 S.I.C. Biometrics Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 IriTech Inc.

      10. 7.1.10 IriTech Inc.

      11. 7.1.11 Nuance Communications Inc.

      12. 7.1.12 IDEMIA France SAS

      13. 7.1.13 Fulcrum Biometrics LLC

      14. 7.1.14 BioID Technology

      15. 7.1.15 Fujitsu Limited

      16. 7.1.16 Phonexia SRO

      17. 7.1.17 Assa Abloy AB

      18. 7.1.18 Cognitec Systems GmbH

      19. 7.1.19 Secunet Security Networks

      20. 7.1.20 VoiceVault Inc.

      21. 7.1.21 Neurotechnology

      22. 7.1.22 Precise Biometrics AB

    2. *List Not Exhaustive



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biometrics Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Biometrics Market is growing at a CAGR of 14.59% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

Fujitsu Limited, M2SYS Technology, NEC Corporation, Gemalto NV (Thales Group), Leidos Holdings Inc. are the major companies operating in Biometrics Market.

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