There is a mounting fight against illegal drugs and various hazardous materials & substances. As a result, various organizations have strengthened their customs and border control agencies and security on airports, prison authorities, ports, and courier services. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global narcotics scanner market size was valued at USD 6.32 billion in 2021 and is expect to reach a valuation of USD 9.92 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 6.64% during 2021-2028. The growing demand for such machines is due to rising cases and incidences of drug abuse globally. Technological advancements by market players are anticipated to drive the market growth for such machines.
A Narcotics scanner is a specialized machine that is used for security purposes to detect drugs and other hazardous materials. It is used by defense departments, special forces, and law enforcement agencies of various countries to ensure and curb threats against drugs and their smuggling. Drug scanning machines detect all major classes of narcotics such as cocaine, opiates, and amphetamine-based drugs. It uses AI-powered recognition to detect the narcotics and also to avoid trafficking
Restrictions on International Travel and Trade to Halt the Market Due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic restricts international trade and travel. Disruptions cause due to restrictions led to the halting of all the commuting activities. Private and commercial security industries were affect negatively and also observe a decline in investments. Manufacturers of such scanners face challenges as law enforcement agencies halted their operations due to various restrictions impose by governments globally. The decrease in air passenger traffic and cargo transportation decline the market growth of narcotics scanners.
Increasing Cases of Drugs Smuggling
There are rising cases of smuggling of drugs and transactional criminal activities globally in recent years. International crimes, such as drugs, weapons, human trafficking, and counterfeiting, have given rise to an increase in the use of such scanner machines. Illegal immigration, including the smuggling of illegal materials, is anticipate to drive the market. Rising instances of narcotics globally are expect to surge the demand for scanning machines.
Government Rules and Regulations
Constant and growing cases of drug trafficking have increase the death counts in people who consume drugs. There are increasing cases of drug disorders and deaths due to drug overdose. As a result, governments is impose strict rules and regulations to reduce the illegal trade of drugs. Such rules and regulations are issue by governments to protect the well-being of the general public and health literacy.
Agreements with Law Enforcement Agencies
Law enforcement agencies and military agencies are one of the key consumers of scanners that use narcotics security products and solutions. Scanning machines are used for procurement activities conducted by law and military agencies. Contracts and agreements between manufacturers and enforcement agencies provide long-term business opportunities and help in gaining competitive advantage. Therefore, it helps the market players to gain a competitive advantage globally.
Fixed Scanners to be Preference for the Product Segment
Fix scanners hold a significant part of the global narcotics scanner industry. This is due to increase the adoption of scanners for cargo, vehicles, and baggage. Continuous expansion of transportation and logistics industries globally is anticipated to surge the demand for narcotics scanners. The Portable/handheld scanner segment is the fastest-growing product segment due to the rising demand for user-friendly, portable, and lightweight scanners from various end-users such as police forces and customs departments.
Technological Advancements to Offer Enhancing Opportunities for the Market
The future of the market of narcotics scanners is dependent on technological advancements in the narcotics scanning system that can potentially increase the global market share of narcotics scanners. However, there has been a massive growth in production and distribution of various illegal drugs. The surge in violation is predict to give rise to various technological advancements in narcotics scanner machines that have the capability for faster screening with higher accuracy.
Various R&D activities by the manufacturers focus on developing pocket-sized and portable scanners that use real-time data and user-friendly data analysis software. The focus on the adoption of advance technologies, such as artificial intelligence, image processing, X-ray technologies, and dual sensor technology, is anticipate to enhance the performance of the machines.