Global Security Screening Market Size and Share Analysis 2023-2028
Security screening entails the electronic examination of various items such as baggage, mail and parcels, cargo, and vehicles at transportation hubs or facilities before allowing them to proceed. The market employs techniques such as X-ray, CT-based scanning, neutron sensing, and detection.
The Security Screening Market is projected to grow from an estimated USD 7.14 billion in 2023 to USD 9.81 billion by 2028, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.57% during the forecast period (2023-2028).
USD 6.7 billion in 2021
Detection Technology, Application, End User, Region
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With the persistent threat of terrorist attacks on public and critical infrastructure, security screening has gained significant importance across sectors like airports, border checkpoints, and government organizations. In response, many countries have increased their expenditure on advanced security equipment, driving the demand for sophisticated security screening systems. Governments worldwide are adopting automated solutions like CT scanners and vehicle scanners to detect narcotics, drugs, explosives, and other prohibited substances.
The growth in passenger numbers and international trade has also had a positive impact on cargo volumes handled by the airline industry each year. Although the pandemic temporarily impeded this growth, global cargo traffic is expected to witness significant expansion during the forecast period. However, the higher costs associated with advanced security solutions and the requirement for a skilled workforce to operate and maintain these systems pose challenges to market growth. Addressing health concerns related to security scanners is also a major obstacle that needs to be overcome.
Despite these challenges, the aviation industry is anticipated to observe an upward growth trajectory post-pandemic. Air freight traffic is poised to increase, and the construction of new airports is expected to gain momentum in the post-COVID-19 era. The pandemic will influence the design of new airports and commercial spaces, placing emphasis on touchless technology, adaptability, and public health protection, among other changes. These factors create a supportive growth outlook for the security screening market.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including detection technology, application, end user, and region.
Segmentation by Detection Technology
Neutron Sensing and Detection
Others Detection Technologies
Segmentation by Application
Mail and Parcel
Cargo and Vehicle Inspection
Explosives and Narcotics
Segmentation by End User
Ports and Borders
Law Enforcement and Transportation
Segmentation by Region
North America – United States and Canada
Europe – United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific – China, Japan, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
In 2022, the X-Ray segment held the largest market share of 48.63%. However, the CT-based segment is predicted to experience the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.95% during the forecast period. X-ray security screening is widely used in maintaining aviation and transport security, making automated screening systems particularly important. The segmented study focuses on products that employ x-ray technology for security screening applications. In airport security screening, hold baggage carried by aircraft is screened using X-ray machines with explosive detection technology. A challenge in baggage search arises from the wide range of visually diverse and unpredictable targets that need to be detected. However, baggage search through X-ray imaging is crucial for airport security as it ensures the safety of both aircraft and passengers. Compared to other visual search tasks like medical screening, baggage search presents unique challenges due to the specified task and the visual environment. As airport security spending increases, there is a growth in baggage scanners incorporating x-ray technology. For example, the Airport Authority of India recently signed a multi-million-dollar deal with a global firm to provide baggage scanners for nine airports in India. Major investments in airport projects are expected in the Asia Pacific region, followed by North America and Europe.
In 2022, the Baggage Scanning segment accounted for the largest market share of 42.48%. However, the Mail & Parcel segment is projected to have the highest CAGR of 7.59% during the forecast period. The Baggage Scanning segment includes devices used for scanning in-hand or check-in baggage at airports, railway stations, hotels, government offices, malls, etc. Security scanning, including x-ray baggage scanners, allows for inspecting baggage and packages for prohibited items and substances. Baggage scanners play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of passengers and staff at airports and other transportation hubs. These scanners utilize technologies such as X-ray, millimeter wave, and backscatter imaging to generate images of bag contents, which are then analyzed by security personnel. Baggage scanners are also employed in settings like government buildings and courthouses to screen packages and bags for prohibited items. The demand for baggage scanning has increased not only at airports but also in state and federal buildings, sporting events, and amusement parks worldwide due to rising illegal and unethical operations. Implementing security technology, including baggage scanners, helps defend against anti-social organizations and terrorist threats.
In 2022, the Airports segment held the largest market share of 47.67%. However, the Law Enforcement segment is expected to experience the highest CAGR of 7.95% during the forecast period. Airport security encompasses various policies and practices aimed at safeguarding passengers, airport personnel, aircraft, and airport property from criminal activity, terrorism, and other threats. This involves the use of screening devices by airport authorities at multiple levels, as well as air cargo screening. Passing through airport security screening is typically required to access areas with aircraft exit gates, known as airside, secure, and sterile areas. Airports have multiple screening checkpoints throughout their buildings to screen cabin and hold baggage, cargo, and non-passengers, preventing unauthorized items from entering. In the coming years, there is expected to be a significant increase in demand for self-screening technologies, allowing travelers to scan their belongings and have them X-rayed. To counter ongoing terrorist threats, security systems will be installed worldwide, and airport security will continue to be strictly enforced. The expansion of airport and entertainment infrastructure in several regions is driving the demand for security screening systems. The global aviation industry has witnessed a significant increase in passenger traffic and commercial air traffic, leading airports to adopt innovative security screening solutions. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global commercial airlines’ revenue in 2022 was approximately USD 782.00 billion.
In 2022, the Asia-Pacific region held the largest market share of 36.09%, and it is also expected to have the highest CAGR of 7.32% during the forecast period. Narcotics trade remains a significant concern in the region, with China playing a crucial role as a major contributor. The country has observed an increasing trend of drug trafficking, mainly from overseas, posing a potential threat to public health. However, China’s central role in 5G deployment and development is expected to drive the demand for security screening as critical infrastructure expands. In India, rapid urbanization, population growth, and industrialization have necessitated enhanced safety and security measures in critical national infrastructure sectors. Japan aims to become a global tourist destination, leading to increased passenger traffic and new safety and security solutions to prevent terrorist attacks. International authorities such as IATA, ICAO, and ACI have also set security standards, resulting in greater adoption of screening systems at airports. Korea Airport Corporation introduced the world’s first AI deep-learning-based automatic X-ray security checkpoint at Gimpo International Airport. Australia has launched initiatives to promote better management and protection of critical infrastructure, supporting the growth of the security screening market in the region.
The Security Screening Market exhibits a high degree of fragmentation, as evidenced by the increasing competition among market players. This can be attributed to the rising demand for safety and security across various sectors, particularly in the aerospace industry. Notable participants in the market include Smiths Detection Inc., 3DX-RAY Inc., OSI Systems Inc., and Analogic Corporation.
Key Companies Profiled in this report include Smiths Detection Inc., Leidos Holdings Inc., OSI Systems Inc., 3DX-Ray Ltd, Teledyne ICM SA, Analogic Corporation, Nuctech Company Limited, Astrophysics Inc., CEIA SpA, Gilardoni SpA, Muon Systems, Decision Sciences, Passport Systems Inc., Lingacom Ltd.
Recent Industry Developments
In March 2023, OSI Systems, Inc.’s Security division made an announcement regarding the receipt of an order valued at approximately USD 20 million from ANA Aeroportos de Portugal. This order entails multiple units of their RTT 110 (Real Time Tomography) explosive detection system, which will be deployed at various airports across Portugal for screening passengers’ checked baggage. In addition to the installation of these explosive detection system units, the company has also been contracted to provide continuous maintenance, service, and support for these installations.
In February 2023, Smiths Detection Inc. was awarded a contract to supply advanced checkpoint security technology to New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (AvSec). This contract specifically covers their five major international airports located in Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland. As part of the agreement, Smiths Detection Inc. will deliver 35 HI-SCAN 6040CTiX CT X-ray machines, along with an iLane.evo smart automatic tray return system and the iCMORE Weapons algorithm.
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