Frost & Sullivan: Global Increase in Adoption of Real-Time Location Systems Depends on Technological Innovations
Solution providers need to enhance product performance in terms of form factor, read range and accuracy
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the increasing need to accurately track objects and personnel in resource supply chains- robust, utilitarian, and efficient real-time location systems (RTLS) have become an essential need. Other technologies, such as bar-codes, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning systems (GPS), have constraints in terms of exact location-tracking. RTLS is the only one that has the ability to accurately map and provide reliable location information, which has been the leading factor in fostering the growth of this high-potential market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.autoid.frost.com), Analysis of the Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) Market, finds that the market earned revenues of over $382.8 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $3.52 billion by 2018.
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Hospitals, pharmaceuticals, as well as governmental sectors, like defense, military, national security and research programs, offer immense growth opportunities for RTLS.
"Technological quality, accuracy, and reliability are key factors in organization's decision-making, as they look to automate their processes," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Nandini Bhattacharya. "Price is not really considered a factor when it comes to mission critical business systems."
With several technologies involved in RTLS, research and development is an on-going process that enables these technologies to evolve. The market is therefore influenced by a fairly high degree of technological change and the emergence of innovative applications.
Solution providers are constantly looking to add more features to existing technologies and products. They also need to enhance performance, read-range, and accuracy, as well as facilitate the device's smooth functioning in the presence of metals, concrete and other similar environments.
The availability of advanced and innovative products has attracted more players to the market. These various solution providers use different technologies and the lack of a common standard makes applications proprietary and expensive. Although costs have reduced in the last couple of years, they are still prohibitive. This impedes market growth, as many prospective customers are hesitant to own these systems due to budget constraints.
"Wi-Fi-based RTLS is popular worldwide, as it employs existing wireless networks and requires minimal investments for infrastructure," Bhattacharya. "Hybrid solutions developed through the convergence of various technologies will also be more cost-effective."
With evolving business needs, vendors must concentrate on product and technological innovation to develop better solutions.
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