Why is the European Commission looking to eGates and RT for Smart Borders?
Given the embrace and amazing success story of APC eGates, is the EC ” missing the boat” on expediting international airport passengers?
While the focus on eGates and Registered Traveler programs is important, the experience in North America and now the Caribbean (see previous post on APC’s expansion) with the rapid roll-out of close to 1,000 APCs in a little over 2 years is beyond impressive.
Acuity estimates that there are currently about 1117 eGates installed at airports across the globe. A number that is projected to grow to just 3,238 by the end of 2018 ( out of a total projected addressable market of a little more than 6,000 units). So after more than 10 years of tests , trials, and deployments, and another 4 years in to the future , the total number of will remain relatively modest.
Meanwhile, Acuity projects that APC Kiosks will grow to an installed base of over 8,000 units by 2018, after only 6 years on the market with a tail addressable market nearly twice that big.
How soon before the EC rallies that they can much more rapidly address their airport congestion problems with a simpler solution?
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