Global sales of interactive educational and corporate technology – including interactive projectors, whiteboards and flat panels – are expected to reach 1.5 million by 2015.
A report compiled by market information firm, Futuresource Consulting, stated that the scope of growth opportunity in the sectors is enormous, with the corporate sector in particular expected to experience 24 per cent annual growth by 2016.
“The scale of the opportunity in the corporate space is colossal, with over 67 million meeting rooms worldwide,” the report stated. “This segment of the corporate market alone is twice the scale of school classrooms. However, there is currently no adoption of any specific product, so the market is open to be taken.”
The company said that Interactive panel sales – including whiteboards – saw 22 per cent year-on-year growth in November in the Europe, Middle East and Asia region (EMEA). For the UK specifically, Futuresource said that it expected the annual growth for 2012 to be 10 per cent.
The company explained, “Although the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme was abandoned there is still significant new school construction due to the rise of academies, as well as substantial rebuilding programmes within existing schools.”