Smart Card Shipments to Reach 12 Billion Units by 2020, IHS Says
The key end-user sectors leading growth over the next five years include payment and banking, e-government and healthcare and transportation.
WELLINGBOROUGH, U.K. – The total market for smart cards is forecast to grow from an estimated 8.8 billion shipped in 2015 to almost 11.9 billion in 2020, despite the fact that the SIM card market is expected to remain relatively flat over the next five years, according to IHS Technology.
The key end-user sectors leading growth over the next five years include payment and banking, e-government and healthcare and transportation. There is also a trend toward multi-application cards and mobile devices in these three sectors.
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Within this increasingly connected world, the demand for securing interactions is paramount, and smart card suppliers still have a key role to play in this ever-converging world, according to the research firm.
“Industrial, automotive, power generation and distribution are just some of the applications that now require security,” says Don Tait, an IHS principal analyst, cybersecurity & digital ID. “Customers in these markets need easy-to-implement security solutions that seamlessly integrate their current applications, systems and processes.”
Secure form factors will evolve and become more diverse, which will present challenges to companies competing and potentially entering the smart credential market. One of the key objectives for suppliers is to offer secure and ubiquitous mobility solutions to people and devices, with a focus on convenience customer experience and optimizing costs.
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