With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) on an ever larger scale, sensors and intelligent network connection systems play an increasingly important and fundamental role.
For the manufacturing operators, the attention is above all directed to everything related to the digitalization, the acquisition of data and the embedded systems (microprocessor digital electronic processing systems designed specifically for a given application).
The importance of sensors is due to their ability to
transform any object into a data source. They are in fact able to relate the analogue world to the digital world:
- in vehicles
- in the factories
- in smart homes
- in the medical field.
Today it is possible to collect data in a single component, but also to process them according to different needs, without the need to use external devices.
According to the Zion Market Research studies, the average annual growth in turnover for IoT sensors is expected to be around 24% until 2022, up to a value of over 27 billion dollars. The main engines of this growth will be:
- automotive industry
- medical electronics.
This is thanks to the emergence of assisted driving systems and new features for the interior comfort of vehicles.
The parameters on which the improvement studies are focusing to meet increasingly higher technical requirements with ever-lower costs are:
With regard to the applications in the medical field, the possibilities are opened to small and intelligent vision systems, applicable within the human body for a more effective and economic administration of medical drugs. To achieve the intended result, these application will necessarily have to meet stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability and safety (such as biocompatible housing and gas-tight capsules).