Handheld Imager Market is Set to Grow at a CAGR of 12% by 2023

The Handheld Imager Market finds application in an assortment of industrial areas including manufacturing and refineries. These devices are designed for rugged performance coupled with the high efficiency and durability boosting the handheld imager market share. Declining products prices have led to an increase in adoption, to achieve the low price of the products, manufacturers are focusing on their abilities to manufacture the components such as infrared sensors in the mass quantity with high yield.
Advances such as reduction in size, weight and cost coupled with the ability to detect temperature differences of objects is expected to increase uptake in the fire & rescue sector. These applications require a camera with a widespread scene dynamic range, such that it can be pointed in the direction of the fire, yet produce a useable image. The latest handheld imagers incorporate advanced thermal imaging technology to maintain light weight and compact form factor Multi-function (MF) variants. In addition, they integrate digital magnetic compass, in-built laser range finder, GPS and day camera, which facilitates passage of data and target acquisition for improved situational awareness. Such advanced features are anticipated to drive the handheld imager market.
Based on product trends, handheld imager market is fragmented into IR scanner, millimeter wave scanner, stud finder, and microbolometer. IR scanner industry is forecast to dominate the industry in the years ahead, driven by the excellent characteristics of these scanners such as inventory control, high-quality output, and time-efficiency. In addition, IR scanners, which are used for scanning and printing output codes from the computer will further fuel market demand, especially in the construction sector. Stud finder industry is also expected to witness substantial growth rate at a CAGR of 17% CAGR over 2016 -2023.
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Millimeter wave scanners, which help sense objects hidden in an individual's clothing through electromagnetic radiation will also lucratively contribute to market growth. Airport security is one sector where these scanners are increasingly used for sensing any possible threat. Millimeter wave scanner handheld imagers industry is projected to grow heavily at an annual rate of 17% over 2016-2023.
Medical application, which is actively partaking in the handheld imagers market, is anticipated to have a steady growth in future owing to the increasing patient health concerns. Advanced features, such as antimicrobial and aggressive decoding performance is having a positive influence on handheld imagers industry.
Security applications dominated the handheld imager market in 2015 and will remain the leading segment in the coming years. Key use cases include night patrols, stealth operations, search and rescue efforts and surveillance. Moreover, the devices help in detecting the distance of the object, and allow recording and sharing of the images.
North America handheld imager market accounted for the largest share in terms of revenue in 2015, and is poised to grow significantly at a CAGR of 12% over the period 2016-2023. High prevalence of criminal activities will prompt handheld imagers market to prosper in this region. Strict regulatory framework regarding security concerns at airports will stimulate U.S. handheld imagers industry.
Asia Pacific market is anticipated to witness noteworthy growth at an annual CAGR of 13% over 2016 -2023. High-security requirements will also enhance the regional demand. Moreover, the rising need to synchronize the scanning process to achieve overall cost reduction will result in substantial growth in India and China handheld imager market. Ability to detect weapons, explosives, and other dangerous objects will also propel the regional demand.
Some of the notable players of the handheld imager market include Bosch, DRS Technologies, Zircon Corporation, Fluke Corporation, FLIR, Stanley Black & Decker and ULIS.