LONDON --- The growing need of consumers and businesses to stay connected and gather data in any form has created a large market for sensor and instrumentation technologies. Sensing technologies are the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling next-generation, consumer-centric applications as well as resolving industry-specific challenges. Backed by frenetic intellectual property rights (IPR) filing, concerted R&D (Research & Development) efforts and high market potential, these technologies are poised to change lives and businesses across the globe.
2016 Top Technologies in Sensors and Instrumentation is part of the TechVision (Sensors & Instrumentation) Growth Partnership Service programme. The study looks at technologies that are poised to have the highest impact over the next two to three years, such as nanosensors; next-generation, real-time location systems (RTLS); commercial drones; biosensors; and terahertz (THz) sensing. Understanding the impact of these technologies on businesses will greatly aid decision makers in the development of their short- and long-term strategies.
Venture capitalists are actively funding B2B technologies, while drone technologies have attracted crowdfunding. Other parties also can acquire technologies through licensing, mergers and acquisitions, or even partnerships.
The technologies are likely to disrupt different applications and business models to varying degrees. To tap their true potential, the sensors and instrumentation technologies need to:
•achieve a high signal-to-noise ratio;
•minimize false positives and negatives;
•consume less power;
•enhance accuracy of sensed data; and
•be fit for operation across a wide temperature range.