Mobile, fixed barcode scanners for industrial use to generate $775 million in revenues by 2018

Industrial uses for barcode scanners include asset management, logistics, authenitcation, notes ABI

Shipments of mobile and fixed barcode scanners for industrial use are forecast to reach 6.3 million units by 2018, generating $775 million in revenue in that year, according to the latest research from ABI Research.

Industrial uses of mobile and fixed barcode scanners--such as asset management, logistics and authentication--are being fueled by the development of 2D imager technology that provides faster and longer read rates to serve direct part marking use cases. DPM, which permanently marks parts with a barcode, is used to track products and components through a complete life cycle.

The 2D imager segment is expected to make up 62 percent of the barcode scanner market in 2018, up from less than half last year, according to ABI.

"Although manufacturing will be a prime market for continued 2D imager adoption, it will not be limited to this market space, with strong adoption expected within the healthcare and pharmaceutical market, driven by government legislation, the government sector, particularly within military applications and the transportation and logistics markets to name but a few," ABI notes.

2D imagers are backwards compatible with linear barcodes, which makes them popular for 1D and 2D use cases. "The entrenchment of 1D symbologies across industrial use cases means backwards compatibility is essential to ensure high levels of market penetration. Although not all 2D imagers will be used to their full potential their increasing penetration will dramatically improve the chance of future 2D barcode integration," explains ABI research analyst Phil Sealy.

ADLINK Technology released this week the first industrial mobile handheld barcode scanner based on the Android 2.3 operating system. The IMX-2000 can be used for logistics management, transportation and factory automation, the firm explained.

For more:
- check out ABI's stats
- see ADLINK's release

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