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The global remote Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market size was valued at USD 72.40 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 85.08 billion in 2022 to USD 281.17 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 18.6% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with remote Testing, Inspection, and Certification experiencing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global remote TIC market exhibited a decline of 10.4% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Remote testing, inspection, and certification services and solutions include digitally enabled inspection, auditing, testing, quality assurance certification, and verification services, which are carried out from distant locations. The sector consists of both outsourced and in-house services.
Owing to the Black Swan event of COVID-19 pandemic, most of the businesses altered the way they carry out their operations. Many of them shifted from traditional onsite testing inspection and certification practices to virtual testing inspection and certification mainly due to travel restrictions and the closure of manufacturing facilities, creating immense growth opportunities for this market post-pandemic.
The global remote TIC market is composed of traditional/core TIC players, digital TIC players, and remote testing, inspection, and certification hardware solutions and software services providers. The market is set to grow over the forecast period due to increasing digitalization and advancements in technologies such as cloud, Big Data, smart sensors, and others.
COVID-19 Pandemic Created Opportunities for Remote Inspections and Auditing
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digitalization across the remote testing, inspection, and certification sector. Organizations leverage assisted and virtual reality, smart glass technology, and artificial intelligence in remote inspections, testing, and auditing. The rising adoption of smart technologies across healthcare, manufacturing, energy, utilities, and others enables remote auditing, testing, and inspection. Owing to the pandemic, market players are introducing digital tools and services to deliver remote TIC services to customers.
For instance, in April 2020, TÜV SÜD launched remote auditing services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company adopted digital solutions such as video conferencing software, high-speed network connectivity, updated browsers, and introduced rules & regulations for remote auditing and inspection.
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Rising Demand for Augmented Inspections to Favor the Remote TIC Market Growth
Remote TIC makes use of technology to allow surveyors, certified auditors, and inspectors to carry out inspection without actually being present on site. Generally, such remote testing and inspection is classified into three types, fully remote inspection, hybrid inspection, and augmented inspection.
There is a rising trend of leveraging Augmented Reality (AR) to perform remote inspection as it enhances the inspection efficiency and accuracy leading to increase in the quality of inspection. For instance, in the sector of manufacturing, especially in quality inspection, augmented reality is used on a large scale. Further in visual inspection of predictive maintenance, AR is used to provide directives to the auditor or inspector from a video tutorial employed on the asset to be inspected. For years, the testing and inspection sector was known for physical manual work as it demanded high cognitive skills that only humans possess. However, since the inception of AR, the trend has changed.
Advancement in Technologies and Rising Digitalization to Drive the Remote Testing, Inspection, And Certification (TIC) Market Growth
Digital technologies have completely transformed the way TIC solutions and services are offered. New players that have emerged in this market are the front runners in this transformation, followed by traditional players who are adopting the latest technologies to stay relevant in the rapidly changing market. For instance, recently founded companies, such as Super.AI., have completely automated the process of remote testing, inspection, and certification using artificial intelligence while traditional companies, such as SGS, are also using technologies to provide remote TIC services.
Digital technologies, such as smart sensors, when employed, offer remote monitoring and inspection capabilities, reducing the requirement for on-site testing, which requires more time and money. As a result, pressure vessels, elevators as well as other hardware are being remotely monitored by TIC service providers. Additionally, owing to increasing safety concerns as well as regulations, the market for connectivity standards is expanding for applications such as smart home networks, connected cars, and other IoT-enabled devices. This growing connectivity standard requirement has accelerated this market.
High Technical Requirement Could Potentially Hamper the Market Growth
To conduct remote testing, inspection, and certification at an organization, it is mandatory for the organization to have high-speed Wi-Fi or a stable cellular connection, smart devices with built-in cameras, smart glasses audio video software and an intermediary. Apart from technical requirements, the intermediary as well as the inspector should be competent with the technology and comfortable & willing to use online tools for testing, inspection, and certification.
The absence of any of the above mentioned technical prerequisites such as lack of cellular network in places such as deep underground areas or at remote and isolated locations can restrain the market growth.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/Drones to Hold Majority Market Share
By device, the market is classified into Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs), robotic crawlers, robotic arms, and remote cameras.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones segment will hold the largest market share and grow with the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones assist where the TIC operations are required to be performed through aerial supervision. The considerable R&D on this particular device has helped to develop more superior and robust UAVs in recent times; hence, increasing their adoption within this industry.
After UAVs, robotic crawlers hold significant market share owing to their increasing adoption in pipeline inspections. For instance, in October 2022, Toshiba launched commercialized robotic crawlers for inspection services. Remote cameras hold a decent market share due to their ability to inspect and identify any visible anomaly in the established infrastructure. Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs) that find their application in underwater inspection have a substantial market share. Robotic arms have a wide array of applications; they also assist where direct contact with the operational structure is needed to complete TIC procedures.
Testing Segment to Dominate the Market Share Due to High Utilization in Diverse Fields
According to service type, the market is classified into testing, inspection, and certification. Among these, the testing segment holds the majority of market share and will show considerable growth rate. Testing is the procedure to understand and identify the established infrastructure and analyze the locations, which are vital for the overall procedure. Since testing has to be performed in various industries such as automobile, medical, oil & gas, life sciences, commodities, industrial, consumer goods, and others, it holds majority of the market share. Further inspection also holds a considerable market share and is anticipated to showcase highest CAGR among the three segments as post pandemic there has been increasing adoption of remote inspections owing to travel restrictions. Certification segment also has a decent market share and will show noteworthy CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing transition of certification companies toward remote services and solutions as compared to conventional methods.
In-house Segment to Dominate the Market Owing to Benefit of One-time Investment
As per sourcing type, the remote TIC market is segmented into in-house and outsource. If any end-user is willing to create an infrastructure and ecosystem with installation of all the sensors and devices in its facility to make one time investments and eliminate the recurring charges needed to be spent on the TIC agency, this system can be regarded as in-house sourcing. However, outsourcing happens when due to initial investment restrictions, some end-users are willing to outsource their TIC services to dedicated TIC performing companies. Among these two segments, in-house sourcing completely dominates the market share due to rising preference of companies to carry out TIC within the company. Moreover, the outsource segment holds a sizable market share and will grow with a decent CAGR over the forecast period.
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Cloud and Cybersecurity to Hold Maximum Market Share Due to High Adoption
By technology, the market comprises cloud and cybersecurity, Big Data and analytics, blockchain, Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), and 5G/6G networks.
Among these, the cloud and cybersecurity segment constitutes maximum share and will grow with highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to their rising adoption in several industries such as consumer goods and retail, oil & gas, chemicals, mining, industrial, transportation, minerals, and others to conduct remote TIC. Big Data and analytics segment holds the second highest market share as it helps to make the reading calculations and interpretations of the data easier and provide a complete report of the readings.
Owing to the developing infrastructure, 5G/6G networks segment also holds a substantial market share and will demonstrate a noteworthy CAGR over the forecast period. Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and blockchain will also hold a decent market share as these technologies are widely being used to perform remote inspections, especially in manufacturing and related fields.
Automotive Segment to Constitute Highest Market Share Impelled by Surging Digitalization
By industry, the market comprises consumer goods & retail, agriculture & food, oil & gas, manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, chemicals, automotive, construction, and others.
The automotive segment holds the highest market share over the forecast period owing to rising digitalization, stringent government standards regarding safety and environment, and increasing production of automobiles in developed and developing countries. The healthcare segment has the second highest market share and will grow with a significant CAGR over the forecast period due to rise in testing conducted during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oil & gas as well as chemicals industries also hold decent market share due to increasing requirement of compliance tests in the sector and analyzing the quality of raw materials and chemicals. Agriculture & food and consumer goods & retail segments owe their market share to the increasing inspection need for food and agricultural products and obligations on companies to safeguard the quality of consumer product goods and meet all necessary regulatory requirements.
Manufacturing, aerospace, and construction industries have a substantial market share and are anticipated to grow at a healthy CAGR over the forecast period as there is high requirement of remote testing and inspection in these industries to primarily monitor the processes carried out and check quality of produced goods.
Europe Remote Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)
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The market is analyzed across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Among these regions, Europe holds a majority of the market share and will continue to dominate the market over the forecast period. The increasing participation of global players and extensive operations undertaken by these players to increase their significance and sales footprint across the European region are reinforcing the revenue generation of remote TIC solutions and services in the regional market. For instance, in the recent past, there has been a paradigm shift in the competitive landscape of the regional market due to unprecedented mergers and acquisitions by prominent players across the region. Europe has stayed constantly at the forefront in these M&A ventures with around 48% of the acquired entities having considerable presence and majorly operating in Europe. Additionally, the players who strategically acquired other players in North America also had their operational headquarters in Europe.
The U.K. will dominate the remote Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market share over the forecast period. There has been growing adoption of digital technologies by companies to shift from on-site testing to remote that led to increase in market opportunity in the country. For example, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the U.K. replaced all its non-essential physical inspections with remote office based inspection. The demand for testing inspection services and products in the pharmaceutical industry remained high during and after the pandemic, creating significant opportunities in the country.
Following Europe, North America has the second highest market share, owing to increasing demand for technology and automation-based services and solutions post COVID-19 for seamless operations across manufacturing facilities in the region. The robust presence of prominent companies and global manufacturers in North America is also aiding the growth of the market. Additionally, implicit work of these companies regarding technological developments through strong investments to try to shift from traditional TIC operations to remote testing, inspection, and certification services and solutions, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, entering into and joint ventures and collaborations is identified as a key factor accelerating the development potential of North America. For instance, Eurofin is a prominent player operating in the market of Europe and trying to venture into North America through the means of acquisition since the past decade. The company achieved a twofold growth in its pharmaceuticals operations by completing the acquisition of Lancaster Labs.
The Asia Pacific market is estimated to develop at a prolific pace in the coming years. The region is adopting UAVS or UASes, robotic arms, robotic crawler, hand-held tablets, wearables, and others across industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, and others. These devices are helping in enhancing and replacing the usage of intermediaries and are used by industries to enhance the quality assurance and control programs.
The Middle East & Africa also holds substantial market share. Healthcare, automotive, and chemical industries are identified as the major contributors to the market revenue generation in the region. Within the region, GCC dominates the market owing to the heavy application of automation and modernized techniques in manufacturing and automotive sectors. The rising adoption of remote testing, inspection, and certification solutions with the use of robotic crawlers and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)/drones in the local market is expected to emerge as the major contributing segment for the development of market prospects over a period of time.
Lack of opportunities for the development of manufacturing industries, restricted presence of global market players in the region, and lesser developed distribution channels for the market resulted in sluggish growth of the South America region over the forecast period. Brazil is projected to have majority of the market share in terms of market development.
Major Companies are Focusing on Advanced Digital Technologies to Provide Remote Services
Various regional and international remote testing, inspection, and certification players are consistently working on advanced digital technologies such as smart sensors, cloud and cybersecurity, Big Data and analytics, connected devices, blockchain, and augmented reality to provide remote TIC services and solutions for a diverse range of industries.
An Infographic Representation of Remote Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) Market
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The research report provides a detailed analysis of the device type, service type, sourcing type, technology, and industries. It provides information about leading companies and their business overview, types, and leading applications of the product. Besides, it offers insights into the competitive landscape, SWOT analysis, case studies, primary interviews, and current market trends and highlights key drivers and restraints. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the market growth in recent years.
CAGR of 18.6% from 2022 to 2029
Value (USD Billion)
By Service Type
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As per Fortune Business Insights, the market size was USD 72.40 billion in 2021.
The market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 18.6% over the forecast period (2022-2029).
The testing segment is expected to lead the market owing to its diverse application.
The market size of Europe stood at USD 24.11 billion in 2021.
Surging advancements in technology and rising digitalization are the key factors driving the market growth.
Some of the top players in the market are SGS SA, Bureau Veritas, DEKRA, and TÜV SÜD AG.
The U.K. dominated the market in terms of new installations in 2021.
One of the major factors restraining the market growth comprise high technical requirement.
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