Hot sensor trends in 2022
Sensors: Indispensable in virtually all industries, they provide important information about values such as temperature, position, pressure, force, load, flow and level, which have a decisive impact on products, processes and systems. Generally speaking, technological advances in electronic control systems increase the efficiency of sensors, but also require continuous development in sensors themselves: Accuracy, reliability, response time, robustness, miniaturization and communication capability - all these parameters play an important role. Just one small example from everyday life: In smartphones, a large number of sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, ambient light sensors, proximity sensors and temperature sensors are now doing their work. In industrial applications in the field of IoT, there are even more, without which the global Internet of Things, as the technology of the future par excellence, would simply not function.
Market demand for sensors on the rise
The demand for sensors is increasing worldwide. Continuously. The reasons are obvious: the increasing production of motor vehicles and machines, the triumph of IoT applications, the general trend towards digitalization and process optimization in the private and industrial sectors, government regulations and the establishment of new, innovative technologies such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optoelectronics and photoelectronics. In this blog article, we show which trends are currently keeping us particularly busy in 2022.
Sensors and medicine: It's a match!
Implantable sensors, self-powered sensors (for example, sensors that convert body movement into mechanical energy and muscle stretch into electricity), biosensors, MEMS and nanosensors: these developments have the potential to revolutionize the healthcare industry. The demand for sensors for medical applications is enormous because there are numerous mature applications for sensors in the medical field to detect and measure physical, mechanical, chemical, and electromagnetic parameters: From very simple ones such as body temperature monitoring to complex applications such as MEG/MCG (magnetoencephalography/magnetocardiogram) systems, pressure, temperature, flow, encoder, SQUID, accelerometer, image and biosensors are used.
Sensors and Air Quality: Breathing better and lowering the risk of infection.
The Corona pandemic and accompanying new occupational health and safety regulations have significantly raised public awareness of air quality issues. And here, too, sensor-based IoT applications can provide crucial support: Employers have to control the quality of the air in their premises via CO2 measurement since summer 2022. The reason is simple: the level of CO2 has an influence on whether people can become infected with influenza, covid-19 or similar viruses. So in classrooms, open-plan offices and production facilities, sensors now report whether specified CO2 limits (from 2,000 ppm) are unacceptably exceeded. This principle also helps when handling or storing pollutants: Here, too, sensor-based IoT applications can optimally help with monitoring and even save lives in an emergency.
Sensors and climate: Optimized energy management and active environmental protection
Sensor-based IoT solutions are ideally suited to optimize energy consumption. Not only in the private sector, but also in the industrial sector. Smart energy management is the order of the day - not just of the hour, but of the future. Intelligent sensor technology also enables tangible climate protection projects: Sensors measure values such as temperature, soil moisture or water levels. Forest soils are monitored via soil moisture sensors to provide timely warnings of forest fires. Water level sensors support flood warning systems. In "Project Carbdown", CO2 is bound with rock flour on arable land - sensor-based LoRaWAN IoT technology ensures accurate measurement of the absorbed CO2 by sensors recording the data underground at different soil depths.
Sensors and data analysis: Optimized processes in all areas
IoT solutions that analyze, dynamically visualize and store collected data in the long term: An absolute future trend! Used for many highly specific application areas: Smart Building, Smart City, Facility Management. Special business analysis services and business applications help to automatically process large volumes of complex data from a wide variety of sources - key words "data analytics" and "data insights". One major advantage is that they can now be integrated silently into existing software infrastructures.
Incidentally, it is not only large corporations or government agencies that benefit from this development: Smaller companies with little IoT knowledge can also take advantage of an IoT edge platform, for example, and make the collected sensor data available throughout the company network via suitable interfaces, internal databases, analysis tools and visualization software. The integration of easy-to-use IoT platforms into the ongoing production process holds huge potential: monitoring, alerting when limits are exceeded, avoiding production downtime, optimizing processes, and much more. The results convince even the skeptics: new orders are triggered on time, excess stock in the warehouse is avoided, space and resources are conserved, and costs are saved.
veröffentlicht am : 2022-06-23 08:00