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Contactless Thermometer Market Overview
A contactless or infrared thermometer scans the infrared heat emitted from the body to determine the temperature and shows the result in digital format on a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be viewed as a major factor that has aggressively pushed the demand for these thermometers across the world in the last few months.
Based on product type, the contactless thermometer market is bifurcated into handheld and fixed-mount thermometers. Between the two, handheld thermometers are expected to witness higher growth in demand during the forecast period (2020–2030). It is mainly due on the fact that these offer higher operational convenience and find application in various end-use settings such as airports, healthcare facilities, and households.
On the basis of end user, the contactless thermometer market is classified into healthcare facilities, individuals, and others. Among these, the healthcare facilities category dominated the market during the historical period (2014–2019), and this can be mainly attributed to the wide usage of these thermometers in hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), with hospitals constituting the major user base for these devices globally.
When segmented on the basis of distribution channel, the contactless thermometer market is bifurcated into direct and indirect channels, wherein the indirect channel category is further classified into retail and online channels. Between the two, the online channel category is gaining momentum and is projected to register higher CAGR during the forecast period. This can be mainly ascribed to the high price discounts on the products available online and the factor of convenience associated with shopping through e-commerce portals.
Geographically, North America led the contactless thermometer market during the historical period, and this is mainly attributable to the high preventive healthcare expenditure, a large number of healthcare facilities using advanced medical technologies, and increasing prevalence of infectious diseases in the region.
Contactless Thermometer Market Dynamics
The market has witnessed notable growth in revenue in recent months, mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the global level. Various hospitals, clinics, and local authorities have opted and purchased these thermometers for the temperature monitoring of people owing to the non-contact nature and higher accuracy features of these devices. Moreover, growing medical expenditure and rising awareness about advanced healthcare devices are expected to support the growth of the market during the forecast period.
However, the high cost of these thermometers and the availability of counterfeit/ substandard devices are some of the factors hampering the growth of the contactless thermometer market. Moreover, instances with respect to the malfunctioning of these devices, further leading to improper temperature readings, pose a challenge to ensuring proper healthcare.
Contactless Thermometer Market Competitive Landscape
Some of the key layers in the global contactless thermometer market are Braun GmbH, Omron Corporation, Paul Hartmann AG, Beurer GmbH, Briggs Healthcare Corporation, Easywell Biomedicals Inc., and Exergen Corporation.
Major countries taken into consideration for the market size analysis are the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Japan, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and South Africa.