Interactive display market hits new high

According to the latest global interactive display report from Futuresource Consulting, the market has seen huge growth with a 42 per cent year-on-year rise, with 300,000 displays being shipped in just Q1 2015.

Higher priced interactive flat panels now account for a 50 per cent of the market, with the CAGR forecasted to be up 20 per cent by 2019. Interactive flat panel displays are on their way to becoming an educational standard, currently with a 20 per cent penetration rate in the class room.

The report highlights opportunities in the corporate market, forecasting that it will be the same size as education in 2018. Futuresource suggests that interest in interactivity within company meeting environments is building and the introduction of Microsoft Surface Hub is expected to create a significant boost by driving awareness of the benefits of meeting room interactivity.

According to the report, two-thirds of the 67 countries that Futuresource tracks each quarter now have over 10 per cent IFPDs and 12 countries had well over 50 per cent of sales as IFPDs. In the UK, one of the most advanced countries, 80% of sales were IFPDs.

Asia has continued to post strong volume growth in 2015 Q1 with an increase of 31 per cent year-on-year, while China continued its ascent, with more than half of all world sales.

In contrast the US sales again decreased. One-to-one learning programs continue to develop apace in the US, with the introduction of common core assessments in 2014 acting as a stimulus for many districts. This major movement towards one-to-one, including investment in connectivity diverts funds and focus away from front-of-class displays.