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Contraband Detectors Market Research Report Information by Screening Type (People, Baggage & Cargo, and Vehicle), Technology (X-Ray, Metal Detection, Spectrometry & Spectroscopy, and Others), Deployment (Fixed and Portable), Application (Government, Industrial, Retail, Hospitality, Commercial, and Education), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World)—Forecast till 2032


ID: MRFR/SEM/9139-CR | 145 Pages | Author: Shubham Munde| May 2023

Global Contraband Detectors Market Overview


Contraband Detectors Market Size was valued at USD 4.4 Billion in 2023. The Contraband Detectors industry is projected to grow from USD 4.6565 Billion in 2024 to USD 6.9 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.04% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Increasing issue regarding security and rising government spending on enhancing infrastructure for safety-security systems as well as technological developments of AI for digital transformations, are the key market drivers contributing to the market’s overall growth.


Global Contraband Detectors Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Contraband Detectors Market Trends



  • Increasing technological transformation in security systems is driving market growth


The rapid technological transformation in security systems drives Market CAGR for Contraband detectors. One of the main causes anticipated to increase demand for contraband detectors is growing concerns about security devices due to rising extremist activity and rapidly expanding urbanization. Governments all over the world are investing substantially in cutting-edge contraband detection systems in response to an increase in extremist incidents that result in major loss of life and damage, which is expected to accelerate the growth of the contraband detector market. Additionally, the increasing requirement for governments worldwide to stop the drug trade presents a problem driving the market CAGR for contraband detectors.


Additionally, contraband detectors with X-ray imaging systems are utilized more frequently at transportation facilities because they effectively scan passengers and spot hidden devices or weapons. The International Air Transport Association estimates that air freight carried internationally will rise quickly in the projected years, from 57 million metric tons in 2016 to 62 million metric tons in 2019. The governments of various nations have also been forced to enhance their security measures due to rising drug trafficking instances by spending a sizable sum of money on creating and implementing security systems.


Many scheduled sports events, including the Tokyo Olympics, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted industries worldwide. There was a huge interruption in revenue creation, and the unexpected decline in audience engagement and attendance will affect revenue and viewing. The use of contraband detectors suffered in 2020 due to global lockdowns. Over the course of the year, purchases and adoption of contraband detectors become redundant due to the considerable decrease in travel and the protracted closure of public spaces. With repeated lifting and shutdowns, maintenance and operating costs of contraband detectors also increased dramatically during the lockdown period. Furthermore, more labor in the manufacturing sector would help the market's growth. However, post-pandemic lifting of lockdowns and industries began their operation, which allowed the market to expand further.


For instance, data based on ACI Data researched that there will be an increase in global air traffic by around 20 billion by 2030. Furthermore, the upgradation of airport infrastructure is projected to provide a market for growth in this sector, as per the study. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) decided to invest about INR 19,000 crores in the country's airport infrastructure for the next three years targeting small cities, providing significant growth potential for contraband detectors. Thus, driving the Contraband Detectors market revenue.


Contraband Detectors Market Segment Insights


Contraband Detectors Screening Type Insights


The Contraband Detectors Market segmentation, based on Screening type, includes People, Baggage & Cargo, and Vehicle. The baggage and cargo dominated the market, accounting for 68% of the market share in 2022, and will continue to dominate in the projected timeframe. Vehicle screening type will estimate to grow at the fastest CAGR during the estimated time.


Contraband Detectors Technology Insights


The Contraband Detectors Market segmentation, based on Technology, includes  X-Ray, Metal Detection, Spectrometry & Spectroscopy. X-Ray Imaging technology dominates the market, accounting for 56% of the market share (USD 2.4 billion) in 2022. The demand for X-ray imaging has now increased in sectors like retail and transportation facilities as well as in governmental applications, which led this category to have a significant share in the market during projected timeframes.


Figure 1: Contraband Detectors Market, by Technology, 2022 & 2032 (USD billion)


Contraband Detectors Market, by Technology, 2022 & 2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Contraband Detectors Regional Insights


By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America dominates the Contraband Detectors market, accounting for the majority of the share in the market (USD 1.9 Billion) in 2022. A growing number of manufacturing units, airports, and seaports are key drivers for the significant growth of this Region's market. For instance, the latest generation of these contraband detectors is heavily used by the airline industry in the North American Region to improve security and halt unethical activities. Thus, it aided the growth of the Contraband detectors market and its overall revenue growth.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil. 


Figure 2: Contraband Detectors Market Share by Region 2022 (%)


Contraband Detectors Market Share by Region 2022


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Europe region’s Contraband Detectors market is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR from 2024 to 2032 due to the surveillance system, tracking programs, and screening technology adoption. Further, the German Contraband Detectors market and the UK Contraband Detectors market was the fastest-growing market in the European Region because of advanced fracture and robust technological systems in these regions.


The Asia-Pacific Contraband Detectors Market is the second largest dominating market to witness fast growth during the projected timeframe. This is due to the adaptation of AI technologies and infrastructural developments. Moreover, China’s Contraband Detectors market and the Indian Contraband Detectors market were the fastest-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.


Contraband Detectors Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in technology through research and development to capture the untapped market, which will help the Contraband Detectors market expand further. Market participants are also undertaking organic and inorganic growth strategies to strengthen their global footprint, with important market developments including new product innovations,  mergers and acquisitions, high investments, and strategic alliances with other organizations. The Contraband Detectors industry must offer cost-effective, innovative items to expand and survive in a competitive market.


Manufacturing locally to minimize maintenance costs is one of the key business tactics industry players use in the global Contraband Detectors industry to benefit consumers and capture their market sector. The Contraband Detectors industry has recently offered various industries the most significant technological and innovative advantages. Major players in the Contraband Detectors market, including Smiths Group (UK), OSI Systems (US), Leidos (US), Nuctech (China), Metrasens (UK), Adani Systems (India), Berkeley Varitronics Systems (US), Godrej Security Solutions (India), and others, are attempting to capture major market share by producing innovating solutions through research and development.


OSI Systems, Inc. is a vertically integrated developer and producer of sophisticated electronic systems that deal in vital security, healthcare, defense, and aerospace applications. Security, Healthcare, and Optoelectronics and Manufacturing are the three divisions under which the corporation operates. They are committed to establishing and improving product lines, providing revolutionary technological solutions, and advancing Technology in order to keep up with dynamic market conditions. In March 2021, OSI Systems and a leading international airport signed a contract for the supply of RTT110 hold luggage screening systems along with a variety of inspection security systems, including Rapiscan 920CT and Orion scanners, Itemizer 5x detection units, and Metor walk-through metal detectors. The complete system upgrade cost the airport around USD 15 million.


Smith’s Detection, a division of Smiths Group, is the world leader in terms of danger detection and screening solutions for aviation, ports, borders, defense, and urban security. They provide the solutions required to defend society from the threat and unauthorized movement of explosives, contraband, and history spanning more than 40 years on the front lines. Their straightforward mission is to offer the world the safety, tranquility, and freedom of movement that it needs. The HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is and a prototyped-baggage screening system were all demonstrated by Smiths Detection in April 2021. With minimal false alarm rates, the launch was anticipated to identify lithium batteries and baggage scanned for explosives automatically. This would reduce the workload for image analysts.


Key Companies in the Contraband Detectors market include.



  • Smith’s Group (UK)

  • OSI Systems (US)

  • Leidos (US)

  • Nuctech (China)

  • Metrasens (UK)

  • Adani Systems (India)

  • Berkeley Varitronics Systems (US)

  • CEIA (Italy)

  • CSECO (US)

  • Godrej Security Solutions (India)


Contraband Detectors Industry Developments


April 2021 The HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is and a prototyped-baggage screening system were all demonstrated by Smiths Detection in April 2021. With minimal false alarm rates, the launch was anticipated to identify lithium batteries and baggage scanned for explosives automatically. This would reduce the workload for image analysts.


April 2021 Metra Sen's next-generation detection system is the Cell Sense Ultra with Xact ID intelligent Technology for Detection. It is a redesign that uses machine learning and expert-designed algorithms to improve overall detection efficiency as well as to include data gathering, disclosure, and integration into the system.


March 2021 OSI Systems and a leading international airport signed a contract for the supply of RTT110 hold luggage screening systems along with a variety of inspection security systems, including Rapiscan 920CT and Orion scanners, Itemizer 5x detection units, and Metor walk-through metal detectors. The complete system upgrade cost the airport around USD 15 million.


Contraband Detectors Market Segmentation


Contraband Detectors Screening Type Outlook



  • People

  • Baggage & Cargo

  • Vehicle


Contraband Detectors Distribution Channel Outlook



  • X-Ray

  • Metal Detection

  • Spectrometry & Spectroscopy


Contraband Detectors Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • US

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2023 USD 4.4 billion
Market Size 2024 USD 4.6565 billion
Market Size 2032 USD 6.9 billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 5.04% (2024-2032)
Base Year 2023
Market Forecast Period 2024-2032
Historical Data 2019- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Screening Type, Technology, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled  Smiths Group (UK), OSI Systems (US), Leidos (US), Nuctech (China), Metrasens (UK), Adani Systems (India), Berkeley Varitronics Systems (US), CEIA (Italy), CSECO (US), and Godrej Security Solutions (India)
Key Market Opportunities Increased technological advancement as well as transformation using AI mechanisms in security platforms.
Key Market Dynamics The increasing issue regarding security is due to urbanization, rising government spending on enhancing infrastructure, and technological developments in inspection systems.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Contraband Detectors Market size was valued at USD 4.4 Billion in 2023.

The Contraband Detectors Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.04% during the forecast period, 2024-2032.

North American region holds the largest share of the global market

The key players in the market are Smiths Group (UK), OSI Systems (US), Leidos (US), Nuctech (China), Metrasens (UK), Adani Systems (India), Berkeley Varitronics Systems (US), CEIA (Italy), CSECO (US), and Godrej Security Solutions (India).

The Baggage and Cargo Contraband Detectors category dominated the market in 2022.

X-ray category had the largest share of the global market.

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