Global Facial Recognition Market by Component (Software, Hardware); by Technology (Facial Analytics, 2D Facial Recognition, 3D Facial Recognition); by Application (Access Control, Attendance Tracking and Monitoring, Emotion Recognition, Security & Surveillance, Others); by End User Industry (Government, BFSI, Healthcare, Security and Law Enforcement, Telecom and IT, Retail and E-commerce, Media and Entertainment, Automobile and Transportation, Other); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA), - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

The Global Facial Recognition Market was valued at USD 3.6 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 11.0 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 17.3% during the forecast period.

The Global Market Definition:

A facial recognition technology or a system is referred to as a smart technology that can detect, and identify a human face in a video or a digital image by measuring pinpoints on the human face and facial features. Facial recognition is often applied to various industries such as surveillance and security, healthcare, BFSI, and retail and e-commerce, among others.

The Global Facial Recognition Market Snapshot:

Facial Recognition Market

The Global Market Dynamics:

The global Facial Recognition Market is majorly driven by increasing demand for the improved surveillance and security systems in civil and government organizations to intensify security and safety. According to Varonis, a software company, there has been a massive increase in data breach cases across the world with a total of 3,950 confirmed data breaches in 2020, from 1,473 confirmed cases in the year 2019 owing to the booming generation of digital content and the inadequacy of data security laws. To control such cases governments across the globe are taking initiatives to protect the person’s private data. For instance, the Government of India's Aadhaar project is one of the largest biodatabases in the world and is currently owned by more than 95% of India's population of over 1.3 billion. UIDAI includes citizen fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris. Currently, domestic citizens are actively using certification technology to take advantage of various government benefits, procedures, and facilities.

Moreover, the technological advancements in the market such as 3D-based recognition and cloud-based services are expected to further propel the facial recognition market growth. Technological advancements are expected to decrease the costs for facial recognition systems in the future. The accuracy of recognizing facial features has been enhanced with the software development kit (SDK). Therefore, the improved awareness amongst users is observed with enhanced quality of products, which in turn is foreseen to improve the adoption of the facial recognition market in the future. For instance, in March 2021, Anviz Global Inc., a converged intelligent security solutions provider launched an enhanced CrossChex Cloud system that is based on the AWS cloud server and works with FaceDeep 3 contactless face recognition technology. The CrossChex cloud system provides solutions to SMEs for data storage with enhanced safety.

The Global Facial Recognition Market Segmentation:

By Component

  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Cameras
  • Integrated Devices
  • Scanners
  • Handheld Devices

By Technology

  • Facial Analytics
  • 2D Facial Recognition
  • 3D Facial Recognition

By Application

  • Access Control
  • Attendance Tracking and Monitoring
  • Emotion Recognition
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Others

By End User Industry

  • Government
  • BFSI
  • Healthcare
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Telecom and IT
  • Retail and E-commerce
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Automobile and Transportation
  • Other

By Region

  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the facial recognition market are:

  1. Microsoft Corporation
  2. Amazon
  3. Thales
  4. SightCorp Inc.
  5. Nuance Communications, Inc.
  6. TrueFace.AI
  7. BioID
  8. Stereovision Imaging, Inc.
  9. NEC Corporation
  10. Aware, Inc.
  11. NVISO SA
  12. Daon
  13. Neurotechnology
  14. Ayonix Corporation
  15. FacePhi
  16. Techno Brain
  17. Cognitec Systems GmbH
  18. Gemalto NV
  19. Innovatrics
  20. Fujitsu
  21. id3 Technologies
  22. Onfido
  23. IDEMIA
  24. Kairos AR, Inc.
  25. TECH5 SA
  26. Herta Security
  27. Fulcrum Biometrics, LLC.
  28. Clear
  29. SenseTime
  30. Jumio
  31. Veritone
  32. Clarifai
  33. AnyVision
  34. Affectiva

The unique insight provided by this report also includes the following:

  1. In-Depth Value Chain Analysis
  2. Sector Snapshot
  3. Opportunity Mapping
  4. Key Players Positioning Matrix
  5. Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
  6. Market Trends
  7. Regulatory Scenario
  8. Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  9. Product Comparison
  10. Pre & Post COVID 19 Impact on Facial Recognition Market
  11. Competitive Landscape

Based on applications, the access control segment is expanding at a highest growth rate during the forecast period owing to significant rise in companies focusing on their access control systems

Based on applications, the market is differentiated into access control, attendance tracking and monitoring, emotion recognition, security & surveillance, and others. Amongst all, the access control segment is anticipated to dominate the facial recognition market during the forecast period. This dominance is attributed to increasing awareness amongst companies to invest in the improvement of their access control systems. For instance, in November 2019, an authentication product provider, Precise Biometrics, announced a product improvement of the combination of liveness detection abilities into physical access control systems based on facial recognition. Such augmentations are propelling the enactment of access control system technology.

Based on the end-user industry, the retail and e-commerce segment accounted for the largest market share in the overall market size owing to increase in investments by major retail market players, followed by the security and law enforcement

The retail and e-commerce segment based on the end-user industry is accounted for the largest market share throughout the forecast period for the global facial recognition market. The extensive growth of the segment is attributed to the increased investments by the major retail industry player in the facial recognition market. For instance, in January 2018, Jack & Jones and Vero Moda, brands owned by a Danish fashion retailer company ‘Bestseller’ had opened smart stores with facial recognition technology systems. The stores are majorly located in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China. A leading AI technology company Tencent’s Youtu lab provided the advanced technology of facial recognition to the retail brands.

Apart from the clothing industry, many other industries such as the food and beverages industry are also investing in facial recognition technology majorly for security and payment method improvements. For instance, in June 2019, Restore Co Ltd., a food manufactures based in China entered into a strategic partnership with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a multinational technology company to provide its customers with advanced payment options using Alibaba’s face-scanning tablets.

Based on regions, the market for facial recognition in North America accounted for the largest share in 2020 owing to increase in usage of face recognition systems in surveillance industry, followed by Asia Pacific and Europe

Geographically, the North American region held the largest market share of 38% market share in facial recognition market in 2020. The dominance is anticipated to continue throughout the forecast period owing to the extensive implementation of facial recognition technology in various industries such as surveillance and security, homeland security, defense, and justice in the region. For instance, MorphoTrust, a subordinate company of IDEMIA, is one of the most well-known biometric product and service providers in the United States. The company has developed facial recognition systems for federal law enforcement agencies, airports, state ministries, and state DMVs. The major European markets of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany are expected to significantly lead the regional facial recognition market during the forecast period.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges


  • Rising importance of surveillance industry
  • Technological advancements in industrial sector
  • Growing investments by defence sector and government in facial recognition technology


  • Complexity in countering legal risks and eDiscovery
  • Secrecy and security concerns associated with the adoption of facial recognition technologies


  • Emerging applications for facial recognition technology
  • Adoption of the cloud-based facial recognition technology

Note: Challenges along with in-depth market dynamics analysis is mentioned in the report.

COVID-19 Impact on the Facial Recognition Market Analysis

The impact of COVID-19 has greatly affected the market of the facial recognition market. The outbreak of covid-19 has forced some new rules and regulations on the lifestyle of people all over the world. This includes wearing of mask which makes it challenging for facial recognition technology to detect facial details. Companies from all over the world are already extensively investing in R&D for updating their technology according to the new norms. For instance, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report, the companies have successfully transformed their facial recognition technologies to detect faces even in masks and make very few errors compared to prior algorithms.

Moreover, China is the first amongst all the countries to implement infrared cameras coupled with facial recognition technology to identify covid infected patients without exposing the healthcare resources to the risk of covid infection.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in facial recognition market

Sr. No. Trends Impact
1 The outbreak of covid-19 pandemic has forced facial recognition technologies to accommodate for new norms, thus numerous companies are updating the technologies to analyze masked faces Positive
2 The increasing initiatives by governments from all around the world to enhance security norms at airports, and government banks is propelling the market growth Positive
3 The rising trend of using facial recognition technology for access control  and maintaining identity records in varied industries such as healthcare, smart homes, automotive and other industries is driving the market growth Positive

The report also provides in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In April 2021, The Microsoft Corporation acquired Nuance Communications, Inc., a speech to text software company. The acquisition is aimed to increase Microsoft’s presence in the healthcare sector with the help of current network of Nuance Communications, Inc. in healthcare. Microsoft agreed to pay USD 19.7 billion for the acquisition.
  • In April 2019, Thales Group, a French multinational aerospace company, announced a successful acquisition over Gemalto, a software company. The acquisition is expected to benefit the Thales group with complete coverage of end-to-end coverage of critical decision chain in digital market.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global facial recognition market was valued at USD 3.6 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 11.0 Bn by 2027.

The facial recognition market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.3% during the forecast period.

In the base year 2020, North America accounted for largest market share in the facial recognition market.

A few key players include, but not limited to: Microsoft Corporation, Amazon, Thales, SightCorp Inc., Nuance Communications, Inc., TrueFace.AI, BioID, Stereovision Imaging, Inc., NEC Corporation, Aware, Inc., NVISO SA, Daon, Neurotechnology, Ayonix Corporation, and FacePhi

Yes, the report contains detailed COVID-19 analysis for facial recognition market.

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  1. Introduction
    1. Product outline
    2. Facial recognition market definition
    3. Different types of facial recognition  
    4. Analysis of facial recognition  ecosystem
    5. Supply chain analysis
    6. Covid -19 impact
    7. Market dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
      4. Threats
    8. Technology overview
    9. Patent analysis
  2. Technology and Regulatory Landscape for Facial Recognition    
    1. Regulations and standards
  3. Facial Recognition  Market Pricing Analysis
    1. Prices of facial recognition   
  4. Facial Recognition  Market by Component
    1. Software     
    2. Hardware
      1. Cameras
      2. Integrated Devices
      3. Scanners
      4. Handheld Devices
  5. Facial Recognition  Market  by Technology
    1. Facial Analytics
    2. 2D Facial Recognition
    3. 3D Facial Recognition
  6. Facial Recognition  Market  by Application
    1. Access Control
    2. Attendance Tracking and Monitoring
    3. Emotion Recognition
    4. Security & Surveillance
    5. Others
  7. Facial Recognition  Market by End-Use Industry
    1. Government
    2. BFSI
    3. Healthcare
    4. Security and Law Enforcement
    5. Telecom and IT
    6. Retail and E-commerce
    7. Media and Entertainment
    8. Automobile and Transportation
    9. Other
  8. Regional Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
      3. Mexico
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. UK
      3. France
      4. Norway
      5. Italy
      6. Spain
      7. Netherlands
      8. Rest Of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. Australia
      5. New Zealand
      6. Rest Of Asia Pacific
    4. Middle East and Africa
    5. South America
  9. Key Strategic Insights
    1. New applications
    2. Emerging technologies
    3. Opportunity mapping
    4. Critical success factors
    5. Environmental impact and sustainability issues
    6. Consumer preferences
  10. Key Market Trends / Recent Developments
  11. Competitive Scenario
    1. Competitive Strategies of Key Players
      1. Mergers and Acquisitions
      2. Investments
      3. Joint Ventures
      4. New Product launches
    2. Strength of product portfolio
    3. Ranking of Key Players
    4. Presence of players by Geographies
  12. Key Global Players
    1. Microsoft Corporation
    2. Amazon
    3. Thales
    4. SightCorp Inc.
    5. Nuance Communications, Inc.
    6. TrueFace.AI
    7.  BioID
    8. Stereovision Imaging, Inc.
    9. NEC Corporation
    10. Aware, Inc.
    11. NVISO SA
    12. Daon
    13. Neurotechnology
    14. Ayonix Corporation
    15. FacePhi

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