Acuity Market Intelligence has released a report predicting that 88% of all passports issued in 2014 will be electronic passports.
Currently, ePassports account for 57% of all passports issued and 28% of all passports in circulation in 2009.
The report, titled “The Global ePassport and eVisa Industry Report,” also contains analysis of ICAO compliant ePassports, which accounted for 53% of all passports issued and 25% of all passports in circulation in 2009.
ICAO compliant market adoption is projected to reach 84% of all passports issued in 2014, representing 77% of all passports in circulation by the beginning of 2015.
Along with ePassports, Acuity predicts that associated enrollment, verification, and authentication equipment will be upgraded on an accelerated cycle, given the speed of technology innovation and the need to engineer ahead of security breeches.
According to Acuity, the coming decade will be characterized by bringing other data carriers such as eVisas in line, developing, testing and integrating automated border control solutions, and implementing new operational models to include less-developed regions of the world.