ABI Research forecasts enterprise wearable scanner shipments will reach nearly 22 million by 2021 an increase from just seven million in 2016.
Stephanie Lawrence, Research Analyst at ABI Research says, “Wearable scanners boost business productivity, offering workers a faster, hands-free alternative to the need for traditional hand-held scanners and paper pick lists”. “Ring barcode scanners, glove scanners, and smart glasses are the most popular forms, which, depending on the device type, allow their wearers to scan barcodes, record processes, and access information without interruption.”
Further points shared by ABI on this market:
Wearable ring scanners like those from Honeywell and Zebra rely on a ring barcode scanner as it connects to a wearable computer. It allows the user to access and update information about the scanned product. Glove scanners, from manufacturers like ProGlove provide a tracking interface for wearers to record manufacturing procedures for better quality control. Likewise, smart glasses, such as Vuzix M100 and M300 ultimately offer guided workflows. The wearer in turn will be able to receive assistance and new instructions when required.
ABI Research sees companies such as Amazon, Boeing, DHL, FedEx, IBM, UPS, View Technologies to invest more in this area when these devices break ground across a wider variety of enterprises. The warehousing, manufacturing, and transportation industries will see the largest adoption of wearable scanners for 2016 to 2021. During this period, most of these companies will use the wearable scanners to scan barcodes on packages when they are picked, packed, and moved. In the long term, ABI Research expects these devices to improve efficiency and streamline workflow processes.
Ryan Martin, Senior Analyst at ABI Research concludes “Enterprise wearable scanner and reader technologies provide the ability to achieve faster throughput with greater accuracy and minimal re-work using only entry-level applications”. “But whether talking about employee utilization, OPEX cost reduction, or the democratization of decision-making authority across a more informed and evenly-distributed set of stakeholders, it is clear that these technologies will continue to have horizontal market appeal.”