The number of interactive whiteboards that have been sold for use in the education and corporate sectors, saw a 22 per cent year-on-year rise in the third quarter of 2012.

The market research from Futuresource Consulting has also indicated that 2012 will be the first growth year for the technology in the UK in seven years, and is likely to see 10 per cent growth in the annual sales figures.

Futuresource has said that the effect of the abandoning of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has been countered by the continued construction of new, high-tech academy schools and extensive rebuilding programmes at existing schools.

The research examined global usage and trends in the take up of interactive whiteboards. It found that the corporate market is expected to be the fastest growing sector for international sales, with growth of 24 per cent expect by 2016. Much of this growth is expected to take place in developed markets such as the UK, the USA, Germany and Sweden.

The third quarter of 2012 saw China, however, become the largest country market for the technology for the first. This was aided by overall figures for Asia that showed a 76 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of unit sales.