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AIDC Technology

Market Related Information

According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC) , a market research company based in Massachusetts, USA, market for handheld bar code scanners alone in Americas was $522 million in 1999 and it was growing at over 10% rate at that time. In unit numbers, there were 2.4888 million units sold. This number represents hardware only and does not include Europe.

According to Frost &Sullivan data quoted by AIM (industry organization for AIDC), market size for AIDC products was $2.369 billion in 1996 and approximately 4.548 billion in 2000. This report was published before 2000 and year 2000 numbers were forecasts at that time. Individual breakdown in Frost & Sullivan report were as follows:

Product Category

Year 2000 Estimate in US $ (North America )  Year 2000 Estimate in US $ (Europe)
Bar Code 2,926 Million 1480 Million
OCR 156 Million 135 Million
Magnetic Stripe Reader  570 Million 355 Million
Smart Card Reader 14 Million 135 Million
RFID 736 Million 128 Million
Biometrics 91 Million 31 Million
Voice Data Entry 55 Million 26 Million
Total 4,548 Million 2290 Million

Source Frost & Sullivan - reported by AIM

Our definition of AIDC market is broader than that of either VDC or Frost & Sullivan reports. We see significant trends that will spur major AIDC vendors to play a significant role in mobile commerce market and in supply chain automation.  Therefore, we also include mobile-commerce related AIDC market, systems integration and related services.  Therefore based on this expanded definition of AIDC, MobileInfo.comís estimates the world-wide market to be around 10 billion dollars now.  In future, our unscientific insight tells us that this number will be much greater. If we hazard a guess (with appropriate disclaimers), it would be at least in $20 billion dollars in 2005.  According to a recent press report, one retailer itself plans to install billion plus RFID chips in its inventory and integrate this information in its supply chain application by 2005.

To look at a summary of VDC report (courtesy David Krebs of VDC), click here.

To look at a market size and growth presentation including a couple of charts from Frost & Sullivan report,  go here.

Portable Data Terminal Market: VDC has estimated this market to be around 1.9 billion during 2000.

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