Technology Advances Propel the Smart Meter, Robotics, and Generative Design Markets

24 Jan 2019


ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, announced significant findings in the M2M, IoT & IoE, ​Industrial, Collaborative and Commercial Robotics and ​Industrial Solution markets.

Global Smart Meter Revenue to Reach US$14 Billion by 2026
Water and gas meter shipments will see double-digit revenue growth over the next 5 years. “This is welcome news in a market where smart electricity shipments are contracting and greatly slowing growth of overall revenues across the entire metering segment,” said Adarsh Krishnan, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. Read more.

Construction and Mining Represent the Next Frontier of Robotics Adoption

Modern robotics tend to be associated with either indoor environments like factories and warehouses or in the home. But there is a multitude of other, less structured, and more challenging environments where AMRs (autonomous motor robots) are only just beginning to proliferate. “Construction robots may be involved in specific tasks, such as brick-laying, painting, loading, and bulldozing, we expect hundreds of AMRs in the next 2 years, mainly doing haulage,” said Rian Whitton, Research Analyst at ABI Research. Read more.

Engineering Productivity Drives Generative Design to Over 16 Million Users by 2030 

The market for software with generative design tools will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24% to reach US$44.5 billion for over 16 million seats in 2030. “Today, many engineers have started to use topology optimization tools, but design software tools have already evolved,” said Pierce Owen, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. Read more.


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