Security Inspection Market

2020 Analysis and Review: Security Inspection Market by Type - Portable, Fixed for 2020 - 2030


The conventional one-size -fits-all approach to security inspection services has been increasingly found to be inadequate. The industry is riding on the back of digital transformation and tech innovations to provide a broader and optimized variety of services to users aimed towards risk-based assessment models.

This growth is expected to continue steadily as Future Market Insights has projected that the installation and deployment of security inspection systems is likely to surpass a valuation of US$ 10.2 billion by 2030.

Network Security and Remote Services

Contraband, unmanned technologies, and devices such as smart phones are key potential threats that are common to law enforcement and transit security systems.

Improvements to video surveillance and other technologies are key to optimized security throughput, associated with the growing global population, and the frequent changes in strategies used by malicious actors.

Isolated and offline security systems, although resilient, are not immune to cyber threats. Also, with the adoption and of integrated and connected facilities, it has become important for officials in the security industry to have a better understanding of the tools available to them in terms of building control, records, and communications to address potential vulnerabilities.

As prisons continue to face overcrowding, and airports witness massive influx of passengers, facilities such as these are partnering with specialist service providers through subscription models, which allow for maintenance and administrative components of security programs. This saves money for facilities in employing staff, training, and the expenses on security products.

Also, the growth in connectivity of security services provides key opportunities for remote processes, bolstering ease of operations, reduced costs, and faster response times.  Also, video surveillance is also finding use in not only improving operational efficiency, but also in employee training.

Adapting to New Realities of Post-Covid World

With the gradual relaxation of restrictions on travel around the world, transit centers such as airports are pushing to make changes to protect staff and passengers from covid-19 viral transmission, but without compromising on security. Security programs are prioritizing anti-contagion measures, by minimizing potential touchpoints, greater physical distancing, and reduction of person-to-person interaction.

The key challenges during this period include efforts to maintain social distancing, enforcing face masks rules, slower screening processes, continuing restrictions on international travel, and limited infrastructure. In the near term, maintaining hygiene levels at security checkpoints is critical. Recommendations by the International Civil Aviation organization, include increasing the frequency of disinfection procedures for exposed surfaces, in addition to ultraviolet light kits to be in compliance with international safety standards.

According to the International Air Transport Association, the use of self service options for passengers are expected to gain traction, such as the adoption of touch-free biometric systems.

Such improvements will minimize issues that are associated with conventional, high-contact screening processes, and the bottlenecks that slow down operations at security checkpoints. These improvements will not only help in the enforcement of health and hygiene standards, but also cut down operational expenses.

Along with remote screening by specialist analysts, millimeter wave systems will could find use in self checking portals, which require minimal interference from security personnel, minimizing interpersonal interactions.

Key Challenges

It is widely known that security inspection operations are time intensive, and potentially intrusive. Market players are increasingly pushing for improvements to efficiency without hurting safety. Efforts take to integrate security systems has proven challenging.

The deployment of new technologies influences training, workforce recruitment, and operational procedures. Also, physical and cyber security are largely viewed as separate, which generate loopholes for malicious actors.

The exponential growth in the human population in recent years, coupled with the limitation of building facilities in terms of personnel and space for increasing screening infrastructure is a key challenge in the industry.

Also, in terms of airport security, high passenger expectations in terms of performance efficiency, is a key influencing factor. Issues such as the unfamiliarity of passengers with screening processes, and associated stress is of high importance to airport administrators. Further, product manufacturers and service providers also have to keep pace with continually changing regulations, and development of threats such as the potential of collusion with staff.

Further, security operations generate numerous data generation points, which could potentially be used to monitor and improve efficiency. However, importance of managing expenses towards the various aspects of a security inspection setup with space and financial constraints is an obstacle. The shortage of investments to data analysis tools and services, and spending being redirected to other priorities is a challenge.

Region-wise Analysis

North America Security Inspection Market

North America is the leading market in terms of spending on security inspection products and services, and is projected to account for near 40% of global share through the forecast period.

The market developments in the industry are largely led by massive demand arising out of the United States. For instance, in 2019 the Trump administration proposed a US$ 750 billion spending on defense including investments on space, next gen weaponry, cyber capabilities, and missiles, and a variety of military installations.

This trend is expected to have a directly proportional impact on spending towards security inspection products. Further, according to the Equal Justice Initiative, the spending on prisons and correctional facilities in the United States accounts for US$ 182 billion annually. This expenditure will also strongly contribute to sales and service prospects for security inspections in the region.

On a similar note, the US Department of Homeland Security has proposed a US$ 7.79 billion budget for the TSA in 2020. Cumulatively, these sectors in the United Stated are major contributors to the North American, and global security inspection industry.

East Asia Security Inspection Market

Accounting for nearly 21% of the global share throughout the assessment period, the East Asian security inspection market is a key region contributing to production and consumption of security inspection products.

Apart from law enforcement applications, security threats to the United States is a major factor driving spending on security inspection services and products in South Korea and Japan.

Also, the since China is regarded as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, East Asian countries have invested in stricter protocols and health screening infrastructure to screen passengers coming out of China to international destinations.

However, the Chinese industry is facing challenges, with the United States government lobbying to bar security inspection products from China-based Nuctech, citing security threats.

Europe Security Inspection Market

Nearly at par with East Asia, the European market for security inspections are displaying positive growth prospects through the forecast period. Substantial threats of terrorism are a key driver of market growth here. Government bodies in the region are taking measures which will benefit the market in the near future.

The European Commission has set standardized framework for airport operators in the region to be in compliance with standard 3 approved EDS of the European Civil Aviation Conference. Also, the rapid growth of the e-commerce sector in the region is contributing to sales of security scanners. Further, The United States government is also lobbying European regulators to bar Nuctech products from their facilities, which could influence market developments.

Category-wise Insights


Personnel screening systems account for the largest and fastest growing market share in terms of security inspection products. The risk of insider threats and associated efforts to screen personnel not only at point of hire by also on an ongoing basis drives demand for personnel screening systems. These products.

Innovations in the field are largely directed towards maintain appropriate levels of security without being very invasive in terms of privacy. Millimeter wave imaging technologies are gaining traction for personnel and passenger screening in airport facilities on a global scale.  


Security inspection systems are available in portable and fixed variants. According to FMI, portable options are projected to account for more than 70% of the overall market by 2030. Mobile security systems are highly sought after owing to higher efficacy in deterring opportunist threats.

Also, mobile security inspection systems can be used to cover wider areas, many times without a fixed pattern, with faster response times bolstering deterrent capabilities. While fixed systems such as doorway scanners remain in demand for facility security. Portable options leverage the capabilities of security personnel better, supporting demand.


Aviation applications account for close to half of overall market share. Security inspection systems aid airport operators to minimize international and domestic threats to personnel, passengers and aircraft. These systems make use of technologies such as x-rays, and infrared to detect contraband and restricted items with a fast throughput to handle massive passenger numbers.

Security inspection also aids the tracing and monitoring of valuable commodities through mobile devices, which will support market growth. Further, commercial security and critical infrastructure protection applications will generate positive growth prospects.


Maintenance and repair services for security inspection systems account for a large, yet steadily declining service type in the industry. Strict regulatory standards and long lifecycle of security products has sustained demand for these services in multiple security inspection applications. However, the development and innovations of devices with high robustness minimal moving parts, coupled with predictive diagnostic analytics hurts long term prospects.

On the other hand, security training services are projected to gain major traction over the forecast period, with certifications in various aspects of security monitoring processes being offered by bodies such as the International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International for personnel to remain in compliance with increasingly strict international safety and security regulations.

Competitive Intelligence

Market participants in the security inspection industry are leveraging international demand for security systems, with frequent innovations in technologies such as data analytics and computed tomography to improve on risk assessment and threat detection with minimal false alarms. Gaining certifications and approval from major regulators for products as well as services is a major aspect of competitive strategy, to reach a wider end user base.

OSI Systems Inc. is a key provider of specialized electronic products, has announced the receipt of a contract for Rapiscan MVXR 5000 automated baggage inspection systems for a major Middle East international airport. OSI has also received another government contract in the United States for the company’s high-energy x-ray systems for cargo and vehicles.

Nuctech Company Limited, based out of China, is a key market player. It has recently revealed the receipt of the Netherland’s Erkend Leerbedrijf Certification, thereby becoming a government certified training institute for security inspection in the country. The company also won the contract for equipment supplies for security inspections at the 18th Asian games in 2018. The company has also received Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage certifications from the European Civil Aviation Conference for its X-ray Security Inspection System CX7555D and Kylin Ti CT imaging scanner. However, the company is increasingly facing pressure from the United States government who is lobbying to limit adoption of the company’s systems.

C.E.I.A. S.p.A. has announced the addition of its EMIS Series of electromagnetic cargo screening systems to the Air Cargo Qualified Technologies List by the Transport Security Administration in the United States, aimed towards detection of weapons, detonators, initiator devices, in addition to restricted items such as perishable foods, without the need of operators.

In addition to these, other key players in the security inspection market include:

  • Leidos
  • Smiths Group plc
  • EAS Envimet Analytical Systems GmbH
  • Bruker
  • Unival Group Gmbh
  • Analogic Corporation
  • Gilardoni S.p.A.
  • Garrett Metal Detectors
  • Autoclear LLC
  • VOTI Detection Inc.
  • Astrophysics Inc.
  • Safeway Inspection System Ltd.
  • Rohde & Schwarz
  • Liberty Defense
  • Passive Security Scan Inc.
  • Braun & Co. Ltd.

The list is only indicative – full list of security inspection market key players is available upon request.

Security Inspection Market Report: Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

US$ Million for value and Units for volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia and Pacific, East Asia, and Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, BENELUX, Russia, Poland, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco

Key Segments Covered

Product, Type, Application, Service, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

Leidos, Nuctech Company Limited, Smiths Group plc, Rapiscan Systems, EAS Envimet Analytical Systems GmbH, C.E.I.A. S.p.A, Brucker, Unival Group Gmbh, Adani, Analogic Corporation, Gilardoni S.p.A, Garrett Metal Detectors, Autoclear LLC, Astrophysics Inc., Safeway Inspection System Ltd., Rohde & Schwarz, Liberty Defense, Passive Security Scan Inc., Braun & Co. Limited (only indicative list)


Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives


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Key Questions Answered by the Report

  • What is the global security inspection market size?

    The global security inspection market size is estimated to surpass US$ 6.7 billion in 2020. The growth rate for security inspection market will be 4% CAGR between 2020 and 2030.

  • Which is the largest market for security inspection?

    North America is the largest market for the security inspection sector worldwide, owing to the growth in the risk of international and domestic terrorism and civil unrest, particularly in the United States, and associated government investments towards prevention.

  • Which are the top companies in global security inspection market?

    Leidos, Nuctech Company Ltd., Smiths Group Ltd., Rapiscan Systems, EAS Envimet Analytical Systems GmbH, CEIA S.p.A., Brucker, Unival Group GmbH, ADANI, Analogic Corporation, and Gilardoni S.p.A., are among the leading market players.

  • What are the applications of security inspection products and services?

    Security inspection products and applications have been largely associated to the military segment. Growing global threats of cross border insurgency and terrorism activities have increased adoption of associated products.

  • In which types are security inspection services available?

    Companies usually offer security inspection services in five solutions – security consulting services, installation and integration services, maintenance and repair services, security training services, and support services.

  • What is the present and future market potential of security inspection by services, product, and type?

    Modern security inspection products and services are largely aiming towards improving speed of operational output, while also minimizing maintenance. New security screening products display improvements in scan times and reduce false alarms. Predictive diagnostic software and solid state designs are anticipated to become mainstream.

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Key Segments


  • Personnel Screening Systems
  • Checkpoint Screening Systems
  • Explosives & Drugs Trace Detection Systems
  • Liquid and Radioactive Substance Monitors,
  • Cargo and Baggage Inspection Systems
  • Vehicle Inspection Systems
  • Others


  • Portable
  • Fixed


  • Aviation
  • Border Security
  • Correctional Facilities and Law Enforcement
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Commercial Security
  • Others


  • Security Consulting Services
  • Installation and Integration Services
  • Maintenance and Repair Services
  • Security Training Services
  • Support Services

Regional Outlook

  • North America (US, Canada)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Rest of LATAM)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, BENELUX, Poland, Rest of Europe)
  • South Asia and Pacific (India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Oceania, Rest of SEA & Pacific)
  • East Asia (China, Japan, and South Korea)
  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, Israel, Turkey, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Rest of MEA)

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