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Mobile Laser Scanning Market Outlook (2023 to 2033)

Global demand for mobile laser scanning is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15.5% during the period 2023 to 2033. The industry is expected to reach US$ 24.25 billion in 2033, from 5.74 billion in 2023. Creating a highly accurate representation of space using 3D laser scanning has become increasingly popular over the years as it is capable of recording millions of points in a few seconds. The use of laser scanning in mobile and vehicle-based surveys has grown since they were first introduced to the world at the beginning of the 21st century as part of mobile mapping systems (MMS).

Mobile mapping technology is currently gaining popularity as a means of making mobile phone ecosystems more attractive by collecting comprehensive data sets across large areas of major cities. As vehicles and pedestrians navigate and location-based services become more popular, automatic techniques for processing the data into 3D models will become increasingly important. Images from mobile devices are the basis for most mobile mapping systems, but MLS along with images will also become more popular. In creating virtual models using point clouds, laser scanning has the advantage of high levels of automation.

Since mobile laser scanning captures data for vast quantities of space in half the time of static laser scanners, it is widely used for surveying cityscapes, landscapes, roads, and buildings. This reduces the number of resources and manpower required. Furthermore, mobile laser scanning provides emergency personnel with a quick overview of the current ground conditions in addition to helping them respond more effectively in emergencies. Among other purposes, it is also used for creating Google Maps and Street View based on geolocation. Surveyors now have the option of using handheld portable laser scanners instead of heavy static scanners, which makes their jobs much easier.

In the near future, it will be pertinent to focus this development of mobile laser scanning mainly on improving trajectory solutions to overcome non-optimal conditions, especially by improving the software and hardware so that performance can be improved in the future.

For instance, Ukraine has launched an initiative to safeguard its cultural heritage called Backup Ukraine, allowing anyone to work as an archivist. In case a building or a monument is damaged or destroyed, citizens can create a 3D model of it through the Polycam app or by making copies on their mobile devices. Mobile phones, DSLR cameras, and even drones can be used to scan 3D models using this technology. As soon as the scans have been collected, they can then be uploaded to a digital archive that can be preserved for all time. By using the app, Ukrainians can freely access the latest scanning technology without having to undergo any training.

There are several industries where mobile technology may be the key to a successful business and a happy workforce. Businesses can engage their warehouse employees more effectively and make them happier by investing in cool handheld and wearable computers. 83% of respondents to the Zebra survey said that employers who provide updated tech tools are more likely to retain workers than those who provide outdated technology or no tech. Additionally, technology advancements can make warehouse environments more attractive to workers with 92% agreeing that technology advancements will increase employee retention.

According to logistics experts, the sector is currently undergoing a transition from older mobile devices with physical buttons to newer touchscreen-based mobile devices with app interfaces. Laser scanning on mobile devices looks promising in the future. A wider range of users will be able to access and use mobile laser scanning as it continues to improve and become more affordable. There will be continued improvements in the technology, making it more precise, faster, and more versatile in the future. This will lead to improved applications for automated inspection and quality control, as well as mapping, surveying, and object recognition. In addition to autonomous navigation and space exploration, mobile laser scanning will be used in several new applications. Besides the medical field, the tech is also used for early cancer detection. Various industries and applications will benefit from mobile laser scanning as it evolves.

Data Points Key Statistics
Estimated Base Year Value (2022) US$ 20.6 billion
Expected Market Value (2023) US$ 5.74 billion
Anticipated Forecast Value (2033) US$ 24.25 billion
Projected Growth Rate (2023 to 2033) 15.5% CAGR

The Mobile Laser Scanning market is projected to grow at an expected CAGR of 12.2% during the forecast period 2021 to 2031. Mobile laser scanning (MLS) is an emerging technology. It is also referred as a method of land surveying.

The technology is capable of capable of capturing 3-D data from surrounding objects. The MLS systems can be mounted on land-based vehicles such as trains, trucks, cars, airborne vehicles such as helicopters and UAVs. There is a lot of time taken by the traditional surveying process and this also interrupts the day-to-day traffic activities.

The traditional surveying process also requires many on-site workers. In that scenario, Mobile laser scanners can be very helpful in reducing the time and money spent on surveys. Further, users can save on project budget for other operations and processes.

The main application of these scanners are in civil engineering in urban areas, traffic and urban planning. Due to growing demand of 3D city modeling, mobile laser scanner market is expected to grow at a significant rate.

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What is Driving Demand for Mobile Laser Scanning?

In emergency response situations, MLS systems are used to analyze ground conditions quickly for mapping projects like Google Maps and Street View. The survey of areas, which are not safe or accessible for teams, is done by mobile laser scanning technology.

MLS systems immediate information, improves accuracy and quality and also help in cutting the cost. Such factors will drive the market of mobile laser scanning in upcoming years.

Mobile laser scanning streamlines coordination on a site of project, which leads to a better decision making. The MLS systems capture every details or data, which can be used for renovations, demolitions, building additions and building operations. This is one of the factor, fueling the demand of mobile laser scanning globally.

What are the Key Trends for Mobile Laser Scanning?

Construction industry is adopting MLS systems for collecting accurate measurements mm to cm apart. The MLS technology has advantages of capturing comprehensive feature informations and fast-tracking a project, which makes these systems suitable for mining survey, architecture and civil engineering.

There are different types of land surveyors investing in new technologies such as mobile laser scanning around the world. Such trends are helping the MLS market to grow during the forecast period.

In the developed economies, there is an increase in demand for reliable and efficient mobile laser scanning. Due to high purchasing power, the trend is highly evident in developed economies across the globe.

Mobile laser scanning equipment are also used for surveying applications in the natural sciences field, where the requirements include mobility and precision in variable terrain conditions. Such trends are continuously contributing to the growth of MLS market.

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North America Demand Outlook for Mobile Laser Scanning

North America has majority of the key vendors of MLS solutions. This is one of the major factor driving the market growth. All the major companies in construction industry are moving towards the adoption of MLS solutions for 3D laser scanning.

The growing demand for surveys in the region through MLS solutions has opened new growth avenues for its market. Most of the states in Canada and United States are making strides and tops in the implementation of mobile laser scanning technology.

Middle East & Africa Demand Outlook for Mobile Laser Scanning

Middle East & Africa is expected to witness a high growth as the region is witnessing high demand of Mobile Laser Scannings. There is an increase in use of laser scanning technologies by prominent surveying companies for surveying of lands, which will further fuel the growth of MES market in the region.

Various countries in Middle East is focusing on the digitalization of their assets through developing new infrastructures and 3-dimensional scanning techniques. Due to such factors, the market of MLS solution will see many opportunities for growth in this region in upcoming years.

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Who are the Key Mobile Laser Scanning Vendors?

Some of the leading vendors of mobile laser scanning include

  • 3D Digital Corporation
  • Carl Zeiss Optotechnik
  • Creaform
  • FARO Technologies
  • Maptek
  • Trimble
  • RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems
  • Teledyne Technologies, Topcon
  • Hexagon, and Zoller Germany and others are some of the key players in the market.

These players are focusing on expanding and deploying new lineup of mobile laser scanning solutions to meet rising demands from various end-user industries.

The report is a compilation of first-hand information, qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts, inputs from industry experts and industry participants across the value chain.

The report provides in-depth analysis of parent market trends, macro-economic indicators and governing factors along with market attractiveness as per segments. The report also maps the qualitative impact of various market factors on market segments and geographies.

Key Segments

By Solution:

  • Mobile Laser Scanning System
  • Inertial Measurement Systems
  • Mobile Mapping Platforms
  • GPS/Positioning Systems
  • Mobile Laser Scanning Services

By Applications:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mining Survey
  • Forestry & Agricultural Survey
  • Others

By Region:

  • North America
    • USA
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Benelux
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • East Asia
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
  • South Asia & Pacific
    • India
    • Malaysia
    • Indonesia
    • Singapore
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • Rest of South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • Turkey
    • South Africa
    • North Africa
    • Rest of MEA



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