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The global biometrics market has been experiencing robust growth, with a predicted acceleration and a CAGR of 16.2% from 2019 to 2027, potentially reaching $55.42 billion by 2027. Despite Asia Pacific leading the growth with the highest CAGR of 18.5%, Europe, including the French market, is lagging due to concerns over personal data use and stringent regulations such as the GDPR. Demand for biometrics is notably strong in the transportation sector, specifically airports aiming to improve passenger flow, as well as in the financial and banking services sector where there is a significant interest in biometric payment methods. The French biometrics market is dominated by national champions such as Idemia, Gemalto (Thales group), and IN Groupe, which are major global players as well. The future applications of biometrics in France are likely to see wider adoption in everyday activities, particularly in banking with initiatives like contactless biometric bank cards, while concerns over personal data security remain a challenge for the broader acceptance of biometric technology..### Current Trends and Dynamics of Biometric Technologies in France The biometrics market in France, albeit hesitant due to concerns surrounding individual freedoms, is witnessing nuanced growth fueled by several national, international actors, and SMEs. The French landscape in biometric technology is marked by innovative leadership, with companies like Idemia at the forefront, boasting a turnover nearing €2.8 billion. Close on its heels, Gemalto, now part of the Thales group, reported turnover nearing €3 billion, manifesting the national prowess in the global biometric sphere. The French market's cautious yet steady expansion is seen across various demand sectors, most notably the state and institutions, the private sector, and among the general public. Public services, such as the issuance of biometric passports by IN Groupe, previously known as Imprimerie Nationale, with production numbers reaching over 12.5 million, reflect a strong institutional demand. Private sectors, particularly airports and financial services, exhibit vibrant use trends. Solutions like the PARAFE system, developed by Gemalto for a cost of €12.5 million, are modernizing passenger experiences in airports like Charles de Gaulle. The transportation sector's bent towards biometric technology, with airport demand at around €156 million, is expected to double in the impending years. This uptick is mirrored in the banking and financial services sector, where the inclination towards biometric payment options is significantly high. For instance, a staggering 82% of French consumers exhibited a readiness to swap their PIN code for a fingerprint authentication system. However, the consumer relationship with technology bears an overlay of concern - 76% of French citizens express wariness about data collection, despite 79% showing active interest in new technologies. Market structures reveal significant focus on physiological and behavioral measures. While fingerprint recognition leads the pack with robust growth projections of around 115% between 2017 and 2022, facial recognition isn't far behind, expecting a similar growth trajectory. These technologies, with their current applications such as secured smartphones like the iPhone X with Face ID, are signaling toward a future where biometric payments could become commonplace. Gemalto's CABIS software and IN Groupe's key role in producing biometric passports are existing examples of the technology's deep foray into daily French life. The application of biometrics extends further into the payment systems, with Société Générale pioneering contactless, fingerprint-authenticated bank cards. This burgeoning segment could see more banks adopt similar technologies. Meanwhile, the French population remains vigilant, with only between .### Key Players in the Biometric Technology Market The biometric technology market is marked by the presence of some significant players, both on the national and international fronts. Companies like Idemia, Gemalto, and IN Technologies stand out as national champions, each contributing to the French market with their specialized biometric technologies and solutions. #### National Champions of Biometric Industry - **Idemia** is a notable leader with a strong focus on digital security and identity solutions. Born from the merger of Morpho and Oberthur Technologies, it has a versatile portfolio that spans government, enterprise, and consumer sectors. - **Gemalto**, now integrated into the Thales Group, is another significant player with substantial global impacts. Gemalto is renowned for digital security innovations and has contributed immensely to the biometric passport and contactless biometric payment technologies. - **IN Technologies** (formerly known as Imprimerie Nationale) is a vital player with a rich legacy. It specializes in secure identity solutions and has been crucial in the execution of legal and governmental personal identification. #### Major International Firms Shaping Biometrics - **Aware** has made its name by developing and providing a wide array of biometric software and services. Their offerings facilitate user enrollment, identity verification, and secure credentialing across various industries. - **Fujitsu** is primarily known for its IT services, but it has also made considerable strides in the biometrics field. Fujitsu's palm vein recognition technology exemplifies its commitment to advancing secure and unique identification methods. - **Nuance** Communications, meanwhile, has carved out a leadership position in the sphere of voice recognition, transforming the user experience with their innovative speech technology solutions used in personal and enterprise applications. #### Dynamic French SMEs in the Biometrics Industry - **ID3 Technologies** distinguishes itself with expertise in electronic security and biometric identification systems. Their products often cater to identity verification requirements with high accuracy and security. - **Ionosys** might be smaller in scale, but it is a company with innovative solutions, notably in the realm of smart security gadgets and applications geared toward individual use. - **Zalix** Biometrie is an enterprise that brings to the table advanced facial recognition systems, such as their acclaimed Facial'X application capable of identifying individuals despite physical changes. These companies, spanning from large-scale players to smaller specialized firms, contribute to a vibrant, diverse, and innovative biometric technology landscape. Each one exemplifies the drive towards a future where biometric solutions are an integral part of everyday security and
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1.1 Definition and scope of study

Biometrics, whose literal meaning means the measurement of the human body, refers to a set of techniques designed to recognize a person's identity based on their physical and biological characteristics (eyes, hand, voice, etc.). Biometrics can either identify a person, i.e. recognize them in the middle of a crowd for example, or authenticate a person, i.e. provide their identity based on one or more of their biological or behavioural characteristics.

The first biometric technology was introduced in 1974, designed by Safran on behalf of the FBI. Since then, biometrics has been booming for several years, in the face of new threats and data and identity theft facilitated by the expansion of new technologies. France is a pioneer in this field on the international scene, with highly innovative and efficient companies.

Nevertheless, through its use of personal data, biometrics also remains a subject of mistrust, which considerably hinders its growth, particularly in countries such as France where individual freedoms have always been a fundamental issue.

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  • La biométrie pour aéroports
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Ex-Imprimerie Nationale, a global identity player - 06/05/2023
  • Creation of IN Groupe (ex-Imprimerie nationale): 1640
  • IN Groupe sales in 2022: 517 million euros
  • Fivefold increase in sales in ten years
  • Multiple acquisitions - SPS in 2014, Thalès biometrics business in 2017, Surys in 2019, Nexus in 2020
  • In 2023 Acquisition of Italian company Fase, based in Bollate, near Milan, with around 100 employees
  • IN Groupe has 1900 employees
  • IN Groupe is 100% owned by the Agence des participations de l'État (French government shareholding agency)
  • 60 million documents (passports, identity cards, business cards and residence permits) are produced by IN Groupe every year
  • One in four passports worldwide uses IN Groupe optical technology
  • One in five dual-use cards (identity card, bank card) is produced using IN Groupe know-how
  • The global market accounts for 60% of IN Groupe's revenues, with a presence in some thirty countries on all five continents

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Morpho / Idemia
Thales DIS (Digital Identity & Security)
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