Global Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector Outlook
The global digital ecosystem has been continuously evolving over the last few years. The worldwide ICT sector has witnessed some key disruptions of late and governments of various economies are devising and implementing smart and inclusive regulations to govern sector penetration and facilitate technology connectivity to all parts of the world. Even as the world of technology prepares for a massive revolution with unimaginable advancements powered by machine intelligence, here are some of the key drifts presently trending the global ICT sector:
PMR utilizes robust methodology and approach to arrive at market size and related projections. The research methodology for this report is based on 3 dimensional model. We conduct about 45-60 min duration detailed interviews with product manufacturers; apart from this we also collect market feedback from industry experts. To validate this data, we interact with senior panel members having more than 10 years of experience in relevant field. The panel members help in validating the findings and fill the gaps if any. In addition, we leverage on our existing pool of information, paid database and other valid information sources available in public domain. Usually industry interactions extend to more than 50+ interviews from market participants across the value chain.
PMR collects data from secondary sources including company annual reports, association publications, industry presentations, white papers, and company press releases apart from these we leverage over paid database subscriptions and industry magazines to collect market information and developments in exhaustive manner. After being done with desk research, detailed questionnaire and discussion guide is formulated to initiate primary research with key industry personnel; the discussion aims at collecting key insights, growth perspectives, prevalent market trends and quantitative insights including market size and competition developments. Both of these research approaches help us in arriving at base year numbers and market hypothesis.
In this phase, PMR validates the data using macro and micro economic factors. For instance, growth in electricity consumption, industry value added, other industry factors, economic performance, growth of top players and sector performance is closely studied to arrive at precise estimates and refine anomalies if any.
Data Analysis and Projection
Data analysis and projections were made based on proprietary research frameworks and statistical analysis, which was further validated from industry participants. These frameworks include Y-o-Y growth projections, macro-economic factor performance, market attractiveness analysis, key financial ratios, and others.
For public companies we capture the data from company website, annual reports, investor presentations, paid databases. While for privately held companies, we try to gather information from the paid databases (like Factiva) and based on the information we gather from databases we estimate revenue for the companies. In addition, the team tries to establish primary contact with the companies in order to validate the assumptions or to gather quality inputs.
Better and independent assistance of ABC eGates provides it a higher market value and growth rate
The rising threats to countries and increasing terrorism have diverted the efforts of government in various regions, towards improving the implementation of technologies that safeguards the public. Many of such advancements have resulted in new and automated technologies, one of which is automated border control system. The growth in number of traveler require systems that can manage this crow with ease. Thus in order to cater this demand, automated border control systems are used which simplifies immigration process while maintaining security. It includes ABC kiosks and ABC eGates. kiosks capture and validate the travel document, capture the biometrics, captures custom information and prints the receipt that has to be represented at the border crossing counter. eGates are route that allow automated immigration where the traveler enter a secure and private enclosure with barriers either side of them. The passenger verifies its document and biometric and after successful verification, the front door opens to let
the passenger through. According to the research report, eGates are ahead of kiosks in terms of market value and growth rate. eGates are expected to hold a market value of US$ 1,800 Mn by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 20.1% during the forecast period. The factor that is helping the growth of eGates is its ability to provide assistance without any supervision. Whereas, in the case of Kiosks, traveler still has to speak to a border control officer for a final check.
Increase in number of travelers globally boosts the demand for automated border control market
With the increase in air travelling and number of passengers, airports have to handle a lot of passengers at a time. The increase in air travel is a result of factors like increase in the number of people traveling abroad for higher education and career opportunities, decrease in the cost of air travel, increase in the mobility of people, and rising wealth of HNWI (high-net-worth individual) individuals Other factors such as advancements in infrastructure in developing countries, and growth in the number of domestic and international airports are significant factors driving the growth of the automated border control market. It also includes a rise in the number of corporate travelers. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) estimates that, US$ 1.25 trillion was spent on corporate travel, worldwide, in 2015 – an increase of 6.5% on 2014 levels.
Underdeveloped regions still struggle to integrate advanced and costly technologies like Automated Border Control
The underdeveloped or developing regions do not have efficient manpower of skilled labor to operate technologies like automated border control systems. The e-Gates and kiosks used to maintain border security require a group of trained people who can handle the security infrastructure in case of failure in passport scanning, biometric algorithms, problems during scanning of documents, database processing, or any other technical issue. Technical skills are also required to maintain data security and prevent intruders from hacking the database. The technology is also extra costly for some regions or economies. These devices are manufactured by the integration of various hardware and software components, such as passport scanners, biometric identification devices such as facial and iris scanners, software for verifying documents with stored databases, custom check software, and others. Each of these hardware and software are individually very expensive, and thus, an integrated system is available at a high cost. This factor stands as the biggest hurdle in the growth of automated border control market globally.