The global value of interactive display sales grew by 39% in 2018, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.
Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPDs) continued to take more share from traditional Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs). By Q4 2018, IFPDs accounted for 83% of all interactive display sales in the education and corporate markets, up from 73% in 2017.
IFPD sales grew in 55 of the 67 countries in which Futuresource Consulting tracks sales, increasing by as much as 100% in many of them.
Futuresource Consulting points out that while IFPD penetration is high in the education market – over three quarters of US classrooms now have an interactive display – the corporate market is still largely untapped, with 32 million corporate meeting rooms globally and well under one million displays installed to date.
Key trends in IFPDs include:
a transition to larger sizes – half of sales in the US are now over 70in;
migration of large screen sizes (60in plus) to 4K, from 1080p;
a proliferation of ‘all-in-one’ meeting room displays promoting collaboration via interactivity;
increased functionality as standard, including 4K and multi touch (10 to 20 points) and (often) screen-sharing capabilities; and
more ‘flip chart’ format displays, following the popularity of the Samsung Flip.
Colin Messenger, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting, added: “The trend towards more display personalisation continues. It’s very useful for a teacher or corporate user moving between classroom/meeting room to be able to set up the display to a pre-set height, content and configuration via biometric fingerprint reader or NFC card control.”