So where does scanning go from here? If the technology being previewed in trade shows is any indication, there will be more opportunity for PSPs to profit via scanning services in the years ahead. “One of the cool technologies I saw at an event in Florida was a 3-D scanner designed for manufacturing,” DuPaul says. “You move the laser around a stationary object, and it gathers point data. That data is imported into a 3D software program that can then be manipulated and incorporated into a design.”
The potential opportunity awaiting PSPs is to be able to scan, for example, a jewelry design that is then sent to a manufacturer to be created.
“A small mom-and-pop jewelry store can act like the big guys and create their own designs en masse,” DuPaul says. “The technology is available today, but is still in its infancy. And it will be some time before the small shops can purchase.”