The use of full-body scanners has gained acceptance in airports, especially in the U.S. and the European Union, as part of pre-flight security protocol. These technologies in full-body scanners market are characterized by detecting any hidden object under the clothing. The security personnel and law enforcement agencies use these to find any objectionable or unlawful object, without the intruding the physical space of the target that comes with frisking. The technologies in the full-body scanners market have come strict purview of violating the privacy and also due to the arguably ill impacts of the radiation on the health. The three-dimensional images they produce are very detailed as well as graphic, which have brought agencies using them under the public scanner. Another significant factor has been with violating religious norms. These aspects have played a role for some developed economies to refrain from mainstreaming the use of full-body scanners for the general populace.
The evolution of full-body scanners market has been rather slow in developing economies. The high cost of the system is one deterrent. There are also privacy concerns with the vast volumes of data that will be generated from such scanning, as some believe that these data may fall in the hands of nefarious elements. However, market players are hopeful that sooner or later, a standard operating protocol will kick in, expanding their canvas for sales in such geographies.
Full-body Scanners Market: Overview
Full-body scanners have gained traction in wide range of security and transportation applications by security and law enforcement agencies. A range of technologies have been used for preventing counterfeit thefts, terrorism activities, and detect drug trafficking. The demand for full body scanners in airports, railways stations, and seaports to scan passengers around the world has spurred on the opportunities for companies in the full-body scanners market. They may be X-ray, and Millimeter Wave, and allow manual or automatic detection.
Over the years, the mainstreaming of demand for full-body scanner for prisons and government facilities has helped bolster growth prospects in the full-body scanners market. Of the various technologies, dual view scanners have attained widespread popularity.
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Full-body Scanners Market: Key Trends
Full body scanning technologies have been garnering substantial market potential on the back of their use among government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and homeland security. In prisons or restricted areas, their use has enabled them to identify contraband. Rising concerns of terrorism and need for better security at transit hubs have boosted the growth of the full-body scanners market.
However, privacy concerns among the common populace have made a dent in the prospect in the full-body scanners. Perhaps more importantly, the adverse health effects of exposure to X-ray have been discouraging the use of such devices.
Full-body Scanners Market: Regional Assessment
On the regional front, Asia Pacific has seen vast strides on the back of growing adoption of advanced scanning technologies in airports and transit hubs to prevent trafficking and terrorist activities. The region has seen some large chunk of investments on rebuffing airport security, spurring the demand for full-body scanners. Other lucrative regions are Europe and North America.
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