Hand Held Products, the world's leading provider of image-based data capture systems, has highlighted 2D imaging technology as a potentially spectacular growth sector over the next few years. The company is a leading force in this sector, and its prediction is supported by a study by VDC, a leading market research organisation in the data collection industry.
The study forecasted a continuing increase in the use of 2D imagers for data capture, especially in transportation, mail and courier as well as selected manufacturing environments. It predicted that 18.5 per cent of all portable data terminals will use 2D imagers by 2010. It also said that the number of handheld 2D scanners is likely to grow annually by 25 per cent until 2010. In addition, VDC highlighted Hand Held Products' influence in the 2D arena: "Hand Held Products' rugged mobile computing shipments continue to grow at a faster rate than the overall market, thanks to a combination of strong product design and the superior performance of its Adaptus line of imaging technology."
Hand Held Products has pioneered several significant developments in imaging technology. Ten years ago, it became the first company to incorporate 2D imaging into a mobile computer - the Dolphin 7200. Meanwhile, Adaptus has provided a new and powerful standard of performance for data collection applications, which has been enhanced still further with the release of the Adaptus 5.0 scan engine. This is built into all of the company's 2D scanners and mobile computers.
Roel Vreeburg (pictured), Hand Held Products' Senior VP for International Sales and Marketing, says: "Businesses from many different market sectors now rely on imaging technology and 2D bar codes. These are very reliable and durable and can carry a lot of information. Omni-directional scanning makes the scanning process much easier, and the technology also enables users to take pictures and capture signatures. The growing list of 2D imaging applications includes asset management, field service and maintenance, bedside scanning in hospitals and mobile ticketing."