REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

BCC research estimates that the global environmental sensor and monitoring business will grow from $13.2 billion in 2014 to nearly $17.6 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% for the period of 2014 to 2019.

This report provides:

An overview of the global market for environmental sensing and monitoring technologies.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013, estimates for 2014, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2019.
Information on emerging growth areas, such as large-scale monitoring networks.
Breakdowns of sensor applications into categories including temperature sensing, moisture detection, and biological and chemical detection.
Company profiles, including overseas manufacturers as well as development stage companies in which the most innovative technologies are originating.
Relevant patent activity analysis.

PRINCIPAL TRENDS

There are three principal trends of note in the environmental sensing and monitoring business. The first is the technological revolution in the design and engineering of individual sensors and sensor components. The trend in terms of individual sensors is toward miniaturization. This is based on innovations in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), microfluidics, the use of new materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes and a myriad of similar innovations discussed in this report. Making sensors smaller lowers material costs and energy requirements and makes large distributed networks possible. The second trend is the continual improvements in the specificity of sensor detection. Much lower threshold levels of detection have been achieved and this is the case both with chemical detection and also in other environmental monitoring techniques such as satellite imagery. Ever finer resolution of both physical and chemical parameters is being achieved. All of this makes the sensing techniques that much more valuable and hence attractive for purchase.

The third principal trend is the development of the environmental sensor and monitoring networks themselves. There is an explosion in the number, extent and capacity of these networks, so much so that this report can only provide a sampling of some notable ones. At the governmental level alone, annual expenditures on maintenance and operation of these networks is nearly $500 million just in the U.S. One newer aspect of this networking is the creation of distributed satellite networks, launched and managed by private companies.
Sensor networks allow distributed sensing capacity, real-time data visualization and analysis, and integration with adjacent networks and remote sensing data streams. In regard to networking from space, with additional satellites, networked coverage of the globe’s surface is becoming ever more comprehensive. Underpinning the development of networks is the miniaturization of electronics, the availability of massive data storage and computational capacity, and the Internet. As this report documents, environmental sensor networks have been firmly established, and large new networks are actively in development. New projects range from those that are continental in scope and those managed via satellite data acquisition to those that only monitor local conditions. The range of variables measured includes daily CO2 fluxes to decadal shifts in temperatures. Sensor systems can monitor physical and biological activity, as well as measure groundwater fluxes and nutrient dynamics.

LARGE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY

The global environmental remediation and monitoring business is huge. In the U.S. market alone, some $250 billion of economic output stems from all pollution control and monitoring activities each year. Among the faster-growing segments of this cleanup business are the markets for sophisticated sensors; monitoring equipment; and large-scale networks, such as satellite, GPS and remote sensing; associated networking equipment and ancillaries; and a large slate of new technologies. Globally, the markets for environmental sensors and the related subsegments (e.g., monitoring, networks, remote sensing) account for approximately $13 billion of economic activity at present, with a projected average annual growth of 5.9% through 2019.

The purpose of this report is to measure and forecast the demand for sensor equipment, systems and networks that are sold for terrestrial, oceanic and atmospheric environmental sensing. The report defines markets for sensors and/or sensor systems (e.g., monitoring networks), and then separately defines markets for the advanced materials and advanced sensor concepts that represent markets of the future. Cutting-edge developments, such as in nanotechnology, MEMS and other advanced materials for which considerable Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) research dollars have been expended, are covered. Nanotechnology-based chemical sensors can provide high-sensitivity, low-power, and low-cost portable tools for in situ chemical analysis in space and terrestrial applications. An additional purpose of this report is to assess the needs of long-term environmental monitoring applications and to summarize the capabilities of emerging sensor technologies.

Environmental sensors come in literally thousands of forms and types based on a wide range of physical and chemical principles with varying types of usable outputs. Typical contaminants monitored are metals, volatile organic compounds, biological contaminants and radioisotopes. The field applications of sensors are also extremely varied. Among the key trends in the environmental sensors business is miniaturization down to the nano scale, continuous and/or real-time sensing capabilities, wireless networked operation, rapid processing and increased sensitivity or flexibility. Areas of environmental focus include water supplies and watershed data, vehicular emissions, combustion of fossil fuels, agricultural runoff, industrial and mine waste disposal, ocean spills and dumping, climate change and weather monitoring, and seismic events.

Environmental sensors and monitoring technologies have not only become a substantial high-technology business, but future growth is almost preordained due to the fact that global economies must manage their environmental impact or eventually destroy themselves. At the same time that environmental cleanup is more or less forced onto the policy-making agenda, technology revolutions in nanotechnology, semiconductors (e.g., lab-on-a-chip) and communications are facilitating sensor product development and implementation.

SCOPE OF STUDY

This BCC study focuses on key environmental sensor technologies and applications. It also provides data regarding the size and growth of numerous sensor markets, company profiles, and industry trends. Cutting edge developments, research priorities, and potential business opportunities are also examined.
This report covers:
The environmental sensor industry and its structure, and the many companies involved in providing these products.
Emerging growth areas, such as large-scale monitoring networks.
Development stage companies in which the most innovative technologies are originating.
Markets for environmental sensors, including passive, active, electromechanical and semiconductors.
Sensor applications in temperature sensing, moisture detection, and biological and chemical detection.
Company profiles, including overseas manufacturers.
Patent activity.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

With its broad scope and in-depth analyses, this study will prove to be a valuable resource for anyone involved with or interested in environmental sensors. It will be particularly useful for researchers; laboratory and government personnel working in research or company settings; and business professionals, such as marketing managers, strategic planners, forecasters, and new product and business developers who are involved with most aspects of the sensors industry. It also will be of value to potential investors and members of the general public who are interested in acquiring a business-oriented view of the use of sensors in environmental monitoring. The projections, forecasts and trend analyses found in this report provide readers with the necessary data and information for decision making.

METHODOLOGY

Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in the preparation of this study. The research methodology was both quantitative and qualitative in nature. Market data was derived from trade sources, self-reported data by companies, and government statistics covering the pollution control markets and the sensor and instrumentation markets. The most recent academic literature on environmental sensors was reviewed. Other key market information sources include sensor magazines and journals, books, trade literature, marketing literature, product and promotional literature, annual reports, security analyst reports and government publications. A patent search and analysis was conducted.

INFORMATION SOURCES

As is the case with most high-technology industries and economic sectors, data resources analyzing sensor technologies have become vast. There are numerous refereed journals devoted solely to sensor technology, not to mention environmental journals that report on larger systems issues or strategic and economic issues in environmental management. Data sources employed include government economic and output data; press releases on company websites that include application news, company news, marketing news and product news; brochures; product literature; sensor magazines; technical journals; technical books; marketing literature; promotional literature; annual reports; security analyst reports; and other sensor business digest publications. An extensive patent analysis was conducted to gauge technological innovation and to determine research activity as it applies to new product development.

Table Of Contents

Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION5

PRINCIPAL TRENDS
LARGE GLOBAL OPPORTUNITY
SCOPE OF STUDY
INTENDED AUDIENCE
METHODOLOGY
INFORMATION SOURCES
ANALYST'S CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: SUMMARY

MAJOR FINDINGS
KEY FINDINGS OF THIS STUDY

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW

TOTAL SENSORS BUSINESS
OVERALL ENVIRONMENT MARKET CONTEXT
SENSOR MARKET CLASSIFICATION
ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES AS THE KEY DRIVING-FORCE VARIABLE UNDERPINNING THE GROWTH OF THE SENSORS BUSINESS
OTHER KEY MARKET TRENDS

Chapter- 4: REGULATORY DRIVERS

OVERVIEW
GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SPENDING TRENDS
EPA ENVIRONMENTAL STRICTURES
AIR MONITORING

Chapter- 5: ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKS

MARKET OVERVIEW
TYPES OF ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORKS
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BIOSURVEILLANCE
LARGE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING NETWORKS
NTT DOCOMO, INC. ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR NETWORK BUSINESS
SIEMENS CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY URBAN FLOOD PROJECT
AGRICULTURE SENSOR NETWORK APPLICATIONS
CITIZEN SCIENTISTS' NETWORKS
DYNAMIC LARGE-SCALE SENSOR NETWORKS
OTHER SENSOR NETWORKING INITIATIVES

Chapter- 6: CATEGORIES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS

OVERVIEW
ANALOG VERSUS DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS
TYPES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

Chapter- 7: MARKET SEGMENTS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR BUSINESS

OVERVIEW
SENSORS BY MODALITY
DISCUSSION OF PRINCIPAL TYPES
LASER-INDUCED FLUORESCENCE
MARKET SALES BY TYPE

Chapter- 8: INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

OVERVIEW
U.S. EXPORT POSITION
SOUTH KOREAN SENSOR INDUSTRY
TAIWANANESE WIRELESS SENSORS MARKET FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND CONTROL
CHINESE MARKET FOR SENSORS AND MONITORING INSTRUMENTS
CANADA'S ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRY
BELGIAN MARKET FOR AIR POLLUTION SENSORS AND MONITORING SYSTEMS

Chapter- 9: OTHER LARGE SEGMENTS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING AND MONITORING BUSINESS

OVERVIEW
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
RADON MONITORING AND TESTING MARKET
ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS OF REMOTE SENSING
PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS OF REMOTE SENSING DATA
SENSING SYSTEMS BASED ON LARGE-SCALE RADAR SYSTEMS
SPACECRAFT AND THE GRAVITY RECOVERY AND CLIMATE EXPERIMENT
MARKET DEMAND
GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES RELEVANT TO REMOTE SENSING
RandD FOCUS

Chapter- 10: TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

OVERVIEW
MAJOR TRENDS
CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE
NANOTECHNOLOGY
CURRENTLY FUNDED SENSOR RandD AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
NOTABLE PRODUCT AND TECHNOLOGY FOCUSES

Chapter- 11: ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY

OVERVIEW
ENVIRONMENTAL NANOSENSOR MARKET PROSPECTS
PRINCIPAL NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INITIATIVES INVOLVING SENSING TECHNOLOGIES OR DEVICES FOR POLLUTANT AND MICROBIAL DETECTION
MICROFLUIDICS

Chapter- 12: PATENT ANALYSIS

SAMPLE PATENTS FROM THE U.S. PATENT DATABASE
Table 30 : DISTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR PATENTS BY CATEGORY OF ASSIGNEE, 2009-2013

Chapter- 13: COMPANY PROFILES

ACREO AB
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES
AIRMAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
AIRTEST TECHNOLOGIES INC.
ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS
ALERTEK, LLC
AMERICAN SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
ANALOG DEVICES, INC.
APPLIEDSENSOR, INC.
AUTOMATA INC.
BALL AEROSPACE AND TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
CASELLA MEASUREMENT, LTD.
CHELSEA TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LTD.
CIRRUS LOGIC INC.
COASTAL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS INC.
CODAR OCEAN SENSORS
CROSSBOW TECHNOLOGY, INC.
CYMBET CORPORATION
CYRANO SCIENCES INC. (A DIVISION OF SMITHS DETECTION)
DOLOMITE MICROFLUIDICS
DUST NETWORKS INC.
ELECTRONIC SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
ENDEVCO
ENSCO
ENVIROMON.NET (A DIVISION OF NETMON)
EPCOS AG
ESI ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS INC.
FLUID COMPONENTS, INTL.
FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
GENEFLUIDICS
GILL INSTRUMENTS, LTD.
HEWLETT-PACKARD
HJ SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY INC.
HONEYWELL SENSING AND CONTROL
INFICON
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
INTEGRATED SENSING SYSTEMS INC.
INTERNATIONAL SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
INTERSIL CORPORATION
IROBOT
JEWEL INSTRUMENTS
KESTREL CORPORATION
LANDAUER
LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
LIQUID ROBOTICS INC.
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY
LUMASENSE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
MATRIX SENSORS INC.
MAXBOTIX, INC.
MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS INC.
MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES INC.
MERIDIAN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY INC.
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INC.
MURATA AMERICAS
NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
NEXTECH MATERIALS LTD.
NXP SEMICONDUCTORS N.V.
OCEAN SENSORS INC.
OCEANA SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
ONSET COMPUTER
OPTICAL SCIENTIFIC INC.
PACIFIC CREST CORPORATION
PALL CORPORATION
POTOMAC PHOTONICS
PRECISION MEASUREMENT ENGINEERING INC.
QUANTITECH, LTD.
RENAISSANCE COMPUTING INSTITUTE
SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES
SATLANTIC INC.
SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES INC.
SENSIRION AG
SENSOR PRODUCTS INC.
SENSORS INC.
SENSORWARE SYSTEMS INC.
SENTILLA
SIEMENS AG
SIERRA MONITOR CORPORATION
SIERRA SENSORS GMBH
SMART SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY and COMMERCIALIZATION CENTER (STC)
STANFORD RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC.
STMICROELECTRONICS
SUTRON CORPORATION
TRANZEO WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES INC.
TRONICS
VAISALA INC.
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
WORLDSENSING
XENSOR INTEGRATION BV
XIVELY
YSI INC.
ZIGBEE ALLIANCE
OTHER SENSOR INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS


List of Tables

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR AND MONITORING BUSINESS BY MARKET CATEGORY, THROUGH 2019
Table 1 : GLOBAL MARKETS FOR SENSORS IN CONTEXT, KEY MARKET SEGMENTS, THROUGH 2019
Table 2 : U.S. INDUSTRIES WITH THE LARGEST TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES, 2010
Table 3 : U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND TESTING MARKET BY OPERATING COSTS EXCLUSIVE OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASES, 2010
Table 4 : SENSOR CATEGORIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
Table 5 : DOMINANT TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED FOR PHYSICAL SENSING
Table 6 : NEW TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL SENSING
Table 7 : PROMISING BIOLOGICAL SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES
Table 8 : BUDGET TREND AT THE EPA, 2008-2013
Table 9 : FEDERAL SPENDING ON BIO-SURVEILLANCE NETWORKS, THROUGH 2016
Table 10 : ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING TYPES AND COMPANIES INVOLVED, 2013
Table 11 : SENSORS USEFUL IN ENVIRONMENTAL DETECTION AND MONITORING
Table 12 : SENSORS BY MODALITY AND RELATIVE COST
Table 13 : GLOBAL SALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS BY TYPE WITHIN MARKET CATEGORIES, THROUGH 2019
Table 14 : SENSOR MARKET IN SOUTH KOREA, 2010
Table 15 : KEY SENSOR SUPPLIERS IN THE SOUTH KOREAN MARKET
Table 16 : IN-DEMAND WATER QUALITY MONITORING EQUIPMENT TYPES IN DEMAND IN CHINA
Table 17 : PRINCIPAL COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN FOR WATER MONITORING AND SENSORS IMPORTED BY CHINA IN APPROXIMATE RANK, 2008
Table 18 : PRINCIPAL FIRMS ACTIVE IN SELLING WATER QUALITY MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES IN CHINA
Table 19 : DISTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL REVENUES BY PROVINCE
Table 20 : CANADIAN MARKET FOR WATER FILTRATION AND SEWAGE EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING MONITORING EXPENDITURES, 2008-2011
Table 21 : MONITORING AND SENSOR EXPORT PROSPECTS FOR BELGIUM
Table 22 : GLOBAL MARKET DEMAND FOR ENVIRONMENT-RELATED APPLICATIONS OF GPS TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2019
Table 23 : GLOBAL MARKET DEMAND FOR RADON TESTING AND MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2019
Table 24 : MARKET DEMAND FOR ENVIRONMENT-RELATED REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2019
Table 25 : PRINCIPLE ADVANCES EXPECTED IN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING ASPECTS OF REMOTE SENSING, 2014-2016
Table 26 : TOP FORECASTED ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING APPLICATIONS FOR REMOTE SENSING
Table 27 : NEW SENSOR PRODUCT TECHNOLOGIES AND TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
Table 28 : ECONOMIC ACTIVITY (PRODUCT AND RandD) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR AND MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES, THROUGH 2019
Table 29 : EXAMPLES OF LARGE SENSOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, FUNDING AS OF JANUARY, 2014
Table 30 : DISTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR PATENTS BY CATEGORY OF ASSIGNEE, 2009-2013

List of Figures

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR AND MONITORING BUSINESS BY MARKET CATEGORY, 2014 AND 2019

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