It’s projected sensor market will generate $162 billion in 2019, mainly in industry control , smart city and eHealth. By 2025, sensors will not only be intelligent and prognostic, but also autonomous, self-healing and failsafe, paving the way for Industrial IoT 5.0

We see in the marketplace, sensors are stepping up from the low-cpu-power towards the mini-computer sensor. In such a way they become highly intelligent with analytical and decision-making capability. Sensors are experiencing large-scale deployment in diverse end-user applications in standalone, integrated, combined, embedded, and more recently wearables and ingestibles.

This will transform the way we currently see the IoT landscape and bring new challenges on M2M communication. Think about the big data concept and the decentral processing power we could have on each individual sensor. In this way we could build a decentral self-managed sensor web

Sensor builders are currenly have a focus on:

Non-contact technologies :
   Like Photoelectric, inductive, capacitive and ultrasonic sensors, less moving parts mean longer living sensors.

Remote IoT connectivity :
   New ways of communications, more secure , longer range and M2M standards.

Silicon photonics:
  Silicon chips with integrated optics and electronics downsizing the optic technology, imagine sensors will be able to talk to the each-other , just by using a fibre, maybe a more secure way of communication. A technology to keep an eye on regarding sensor connectivity.

3D vision sensing :
   Increasing adoption of 3D sensors and their integration into monitoring systems. Sensors having eyes like humans, allowing to process data directly on the sensor.

Biosensors :
  Rapid detection devices to address gaps in health care and food safety. On the market there are already skin-sensors, allowing doctors to gather information about your health in real-time remotely.

Energy harvesters:
  Micro-energy harvesting systems that generate electrical energy from solar, vibration and thermal energy, maybe even from cellar/wifi signals…

Bulk acoustic wave and surface acoustic wave:
  Enabling economical industrial and consumer applications, it’s a method to measure physical quantities like Temperature & Pressure, without any external power source and allowing sensors in hazardous environments , allowing sensors to operate almost everywhere where we see now limitations.

Infrastructure sensors :
  completely automating building monitoring through new integrated sensor systems.

These trends impact everyone in the value chain and demand a shift in strategies to survive and succeed in the dynamic marketplace.

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