Explosive Trace Detection Market Size, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Analysis, Application Development & Forecast, 2021 – 2027
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Explosive Trace Detection Market size trends over 2021-2027 will be driven by the growing need for aviation security and tightening regulations pertaining to public safety. The rising instances of terrorist attacks across the globe over the past decade have led to increase in security screening at land border check points, airports, and seaports, creating a substantial demand for explosive detection technologies.
Explosive trace detection systems, also called explosive trace detectors, enable the discovery of a small magnitude or traces of explosive through screening. The equipment is widely used in vulnerable areas considered as susceptible to unlawful practices at airports, cargo facilities, and access control points of critical infrastructure. Ongoing technological advances and stricter regulatory norms will certainly bolster market growth during the forecast period.
North America market will experience substantial growth in the coming years due to a strict regulatory scenario, increased defense expenditure and tightening screening requirements. In the U.S., for example, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an authorized agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for ensuring the safety of travelers across the country.
TSA’s security screening protocols are aimed at preventing threats and entry of prohibited items in an airport and other areas. The agency identifies emerging technologies as critically important in order to stay ahead of evolving threats and uses technology such as explosive trace detection systems to effectively screen passengers, baggage, and air cargo. In some airports, these systems are also used in combination with other detection systems for increased security.
Auto Clear, Biosensor AB, OSI Systems, Smiths Detection, Morpho Detection, Inc., L-3 Communications, Nuctech Co., Ltd., Ketech Defence, Scent Detection, Mistral Security, ICx Technologies, Westminster International, and Hitachi are among the major explosive trace detection market players in the world. As explosive trace detection technologies experience increased demand, the market players are expected to witness lucrative opportunities over the forecast period 2021-2027.
In December 2020, Smiths Detection had received a nearly US$4 million contract from TSA to supply IONSCAN 500 DT Explosives Trace Detectors in the US, including onsite service and maintenance, to airports across the country for a period of two years. The new systems are in addition to the systems already deployed across airports throughout the U.S. and will serve as secondary screening at checked baggage areas or checkpoints.
Citing another instance, in March 2020, OSI Systems was awarded with a US$15 million contract for the upgradation of a key international airport. As per the terms of the contract, the company will supply its Itemiser 5x trace detection systems along with other technologies including hold baggage screening systems, baggage scanners, and walk-through metal detectors.
Impact of COVID-19 on explosive trace detection market progression
The coronavirus outbreak had created numerous uncertainties for the market during 2020. Firstly, lockdown measures and other social restrictions imposed by respective governments to curb the spread of the virus led to a sharp decline in the local as well as international flights. The demand for new screening systems may have been affected in many parts of the globe.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the UN, international air passenger traffic suffered a massive 60% drop in 2020. Logistics and supply chain disruption continued to create challengers for the companies. However, with restrictions being lifted in many parts of the world and air traffic anticipated to gather pace, the industry is well set for recovery and will garner considerable momentum through 2027.
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