AutoID & Data Capture Research & Consulting

Ro Blog team VDC Research is the leading analyst firm covering AutoID and Data Capture technologies and applications. With VDC’s rich, quantitative and qualitative market analysis, clients have access to the most comprehensive and actionable AutoID research available today. Supported by a rigorous research methodology, our coverage addresses the most critical issues impacting these markets to enable executives and operators for various stakeholder groups including hardware suppliers, independent software vendors, and solution providers within the AutoID industry to make informed decisions.

For technology vendors, we support decision making through market sizing, application profiling, distribution channel analysis and competitive share research services. For enterprise end users, our research assists key decision-makers with the identification, evaluation, and selection of AutoID and Data Capture solutions. And for the institutional investor community, VDC’s AutoID research aids such organizations with the identification of important trends to better inform their AutoID investment decisions. RO Blog Team

Featured i2 Reports

Handheld Barcode Scanners

Handheld Barcode Scanners

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and...

Global OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market Analysis

Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions Market Report

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal printers used to print receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth...


Featured VDC Views

Machine Vision Now In Sight for AIDC Participants

Machine Vision Now In Sight for AIDC Participants

Over the last few years, camera based imagers have become the go-to choice for data capture applications amongst end users across all verticals. The AIDC market has seen a migration from laser to imagers as end users look towards investing in barcode scanning solutions that can do more than capturing...

Global OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market Analysis

ProMat Show 2017 ReView

VDC recently attended ProMat, the largest technology conference for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. Taking place from April 3rd – 7th, over 900 exhibitors convened to share the latest innovations in material handling, logistics equipment and technologies from all over the world.


2017 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: scanning technology, end-user applications, end-user industries, and geographies. Visit the Global OEM Barcode Scan Engines Market Analysis page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary industrial scanners and imagers. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Industrial Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for dimensioning systems that utilize multiple technologies to enable simultaneous data capture, cubing, and weighing of objects and items. The report is designed to elaborate on vendor considerations and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types and end-user application use cases. Visit the Dimensioning Solutions Market Report page to learn more.

2016 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for industrial color labeling solutions. The color label solutions explored here include pre-printed labels and on-demand color label printing solutions. The report offers market analysis (leading applications, drivers, challenges, and barriers), in-depth vendor analyses and opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, and distribution channels. Visit the Industrial Color Label Printing Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Point-of-Sale Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal printers used to print receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: end-user industries, distribution channels, print width, connectivity, and geographies. Visit the Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions Market Report page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for track-and-trace solutions. Track-and-trace systems are solutions that can enable organizations to locate and determine the current and past locations (and other information) of a unique item or property throughout their supply chain. The track-and-trace solutions explored here include barcode, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems as well as software that enable organizations to gain visibility of items as they move through the supply chain. The report offers market analysis (leading applications, drivers, challenges, and barriers) and opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, and distribution channels. Visit the Traceability Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld self-scanning solutions including dedicated hardware and mobile self-scanning applications used for consumer applications such as self-checkout, special offers, and price checks. This report offers market analysis (historical, forecast revenues and unit shipments, leading applications, drivers, and barriers), in-depth reseller and end-user analysis, country-level insights, and opportunities across the following dimensions: hardware, software, services, retail market segments, distribution channels, operating systems, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Self-Scanning Solutions page to learn more.

This research analyzes and explores key technologies, strategic issues, and market drivers for automation in the warehouse and logistics industry. With the boom of e-commerce and changing consumer habits, the warehouse and distribution center is increasingly becoming the vital component to the success of many businesses across a number of industries. Organizations today across retail, logistics, pharmaceuticals, food, and beverage are just some of the industries looking for new ways to support their expanding warehouse operations. Visit the Warehouse of the Future page to learn more.

2015 i2 Reports

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for handheld scanners and imagers, including laser scanners, linear imagers (CCD scanners), and 2D imagers. It also provides market sizing and forecasts for scan engines. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Handheld Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary thermal barcode printers. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Thermal Barcode Printers page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues and market drivers for mobile scanning solutions. Mobile scanning solutions are barcode scanning hardware and software solutions that can either pair wirelessly with or enhance the built-in camera functionality of consumer smart devices such as smartphones and tablets for enterprise-grade scanning applications. The scanning solutions covered for this report include companion scanners, sleds/sleeves, personal shopping solutions, and software platforms that enable the built-in cameras of consumer smart devices for barcode scanning. Visit the Mobile Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary point-of-sale scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Point-of-Sale Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for stationary industrial scanners. Market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities are offered across the following dimensions: technology types, end-user industries, distribution channels, and geographies. Visit the Stationary Industrial Barcode Scanners page to learn more.

This research analyzes the key strategic issues, trends, and market drivers for mobile thermal printers used to print receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. The report offers market analysis (historical, prior year, and forecast revenues and unit shipments), vendor considerations, and growth opportunities across the following dimensions: end-user industries, distribution channels, print width, connectivity, and geographies. Visit the Mobile Thermal Printing Solutions page to learn more.

2017 VDC Views

Modern day robotics have broken away from just the manufacturing assembly line and are set to take the warehouse operations and the logistics space by storm. With the increasing need to streamline processes both within and outside the four walls of the warehouse, organizations are looking towards new robotics technologies to support their daily operations. Visit the Robotics in Logistics page to learn more.

2016 VDC Views

Dimensioning solutions (also known as cubing solutions) are data capture devices that utilize multiple technologies to enable data capture, and cubing of objects and items. These solutions have the potential to be integrated through various stages and solutions in the logistics value chain and are available in a number of form factors with various underlying technologies including and not limited to laser, infrared light, cameras, and ultrasound with vendors continuously researching new ways to enhance the dimensioning process. Visit the Global Dimensioning page to learn more.

Throughout the past year Google has teased the release of Andromeda, the highly anticipated hybrid of its Android and Chrome operating systems (OS), capable of running across mobile devices and larger PC form factors alike. Although Andromeda will not be released until 2017, the impending arrival of Google's own cross-platform OS and the vendor's continuing investments in its Android for Work initiative already offer insights into how mobile hardware vendors, enterprise users, and incumbent vendors like Microsoft and Apple will move to remain competitive once Andromeda enters the market. Visit the Andromeda: Making the Case for a Universal OS page to learn more.

Following KION's acquisition of Dematic and Honeywell's acquisition of Intelligrated, two of the largest North American materials handling systems integrators have changed hands within the past month. Powered by the continued e-commerce momentum, these businesses have performed remarkably well, consistently posting double-digit gains. Visit the Intelligrated Acquisition page to learn more.

2015 VDC Views

Now that 2015 is well underway, VDC's AIDC team would like to take the opportunity to present our opinion on key issues and themes that will shape the data capture industry both now and going forward. These topics will also be integral to our research focus for this year. In the past 12 months, VDC has undertaken some rather interesting projects, helping our clients identify new target markets (regional and vertical) and exciting new opportunities to help promote business growth both now and in the future. Visit the Taking a Wide-Angle View of the AIDC World in 2015 page to learn more.

Banknote counterfeit deterrence was Digimarc’s first large-scale success for its digital watermarking solution. The company is now focused on expanding its presence into the highly opportunistic retail vertical, thereby minimizing losses experienced due to reduced currency circulation. Visit the Shining the Spotlight on Digimarc page to learn more.

Social media an integral part of organizations’ overall digital marketing strategy, which also includes search engine optimization, email marketing, and online banner advertising. Fast emerging as an opportunity for AIDC solution providers to earn customers’ (and, potentially, partners’) trust by being the platform-of-choice to deliver useful, highly valuable content. Visit the Socializing the AIDC World page to learn more.


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