LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global rugged devices market report. This research report also lists seven other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.
“The competition in the industry is intensifying and is characterized by evolving standards, significantly changing smart technologies, and frequent new product developments, along with changing customer requirements”
In 2015, the global rugged device market was valued at USD 4.36 billion. The market was dominated by the defense and military segment with a share of 42.72%. The segment was followed by the commercial segment with 23.79%, the government segment with 19.28%, and the industry segment with 14.22%. The defense and military and government sectors opt for fully rugged devices due to high ruggedness requirement and extreme environment compared to the commercial segment.
Technological specifications, application, and functionality of rugged devices are the same as commercial consumer-grade devices. The difference is the high initial cost of procurement owing to the ruggedness of the devices. However, the cost of rugged devices is realized over the life of the product, in the form of low cost of ownership.
Competitive vendor landscape
“The competition in the industry is intensifying and is characterized by evolving standards, significantly changing smart technologies, and frequent new product developments, along with changing customer requirements,” says Chetan Mohan, a lead computing devices research analyst from Technavio.
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Top five rugged devices market vendors
Amrel is one of the leading US military contractors that manufacture rugged equipment and electronic devices along with rugged laptops, tablets, and handhelds. These devices are specifically made based on military requirements. The company specializes in MIL-STD-810g- and MIL-STD-461F-certified ultra-rugged devices. The company, which was founded in 1985, primarily manufactures power supplies, test equipment, rugged computer hardware, and electronic loads. It has also expanded to providing equipment and electronic devices to other sectors such as law enforcement division, renewable energy, disaster relief, and healthcare.
Getac designs and manufactures rugged computing devices. Its product portfolio includes rugged notebooks, rugged tablets, and rugged handhelds. It serves a number of markets, including military and defense, public safety, law enforcement, emergency services, transportation, field services, utility, oil and gas, telecommunications, and industrial manufacturing.
Honeywell Scanning & Mobility
Honeywell Scanning & Mobility designs and manufactures rugged image- and laser-based data collection hardware. Its products are used in industries such as collection and delivery, healthcare field workforce, ports and intermodal, postal, and retail and warehouse. It has a well-developed network of specialist partners within the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry. Its authorized distributors include Blue Star, Ingram Micro, and ScanSource.
Panasonic provides business solutions such as communication solutions, security systems, professional AV, document and imaging solutions, terminal solutions, IT solutions, and recording media. It has a strong presence in North America, South America, EMEA, China, and Oceania. In 2015, Panasonic had a share of 51.2% in the global rugged tablet market and 57.8% in the global rugged notebook market.
In October 2014, Zebra acquired the enterprise business segment from Motorola Solutions, eliminating its integrated digital enhanced networks (iDEN) business. The segment offers rugged and enterprise-grade mobile computers, laser imaging, RFID-based data capture products, wireless LAN solutions and software, and applications related to these products. The customers for the segment are from industries such as hospitality, e-retail, transportation and logistics, warehouse and distribution centers, manufacturing, energy and utilities, education, and healthcare industries.
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