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Breakthroughs in Sensor Fusion (Technical Insights)

  • December 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 79 pages

Nine Pronged Technology Evaluation --Fusion of Intelligent Sensors

Sensing and controlling the environment has become an important phenomenon and has garnered considerably increased attention in a wide range of sectors and applications, such as automotive, building automation, healthcare, location, navigation and tracking. Sensor fusion technology encompasses the ability to bring together information from different types of sensors into a single information platform and generate an intelligent response that would lead to coordinated action among devices to satisfy user and system needs. The research service offers insights on breakthroughs in sensor fusion from applications perspective.

Research Outline

Sensor fusion technology encompasses the capability to bring together information from different types of sensing entities into a single information platform that generates intelligence. As a result of such an approach, the generated system/surrounding intelligence is better than intelligence gathered by individual sensors. This technology has been around for a while now, with advances observed rapidly in conjunction with the developments in the sensors industry. With new sensing capabilities being rolled out on a regular basis and the increasing emergence of combo sensors, innovative applications are expected to appear in the near- to medium-term. Sensor fusion has been widely adopted for various application verticals, such as military and defense, and will continue to be the same in the future as well.

This research service offers insights primarily on sensor fusion from nine different aspects. It focuses mainly on innovative and emerging application areas of sensor fusion.

The 9 dimensions of the studies can be listed as:
•Year of Impact
•Market Potential
•Global Footprint
•IP Activity
•Funding
•Breadth of Industries
•Impact on Megatrend
•Potential Points of Convergence
•Size of Innovation Ecosystem

Nine Dimensional Analysis of Technology Assessment

Market Potential
•Year of Impact
•Global Footprint
•IP Activity
•Funding
•Breadth of Industries
•Impact on Megatrend
•Potential Points of Convergence
•Size of Innovation Ecosystem

•The research service features emerging and breakthrough sensor fusion applications, and military and defense applications.
•The adoption level and market opportunities of different sensor fusion applications across different industries, such as consumer electronics, automotive have been analyzed.
•Adoption across regions and geographies lend a snapshot of the global footprint and development across the globe.
•Patent publishing trend, R&D focus, funding trends, and impact of mega trends are also analyzed to provide a complete view of the sensor fusion technology and their impact on the applications.
•Patent analysis is done to bring out the ongoing technology trends in sensor fusion. Innovations in sensor fusion market, in terms of hardware and software are also discussed, while showcasing the stakeholders, who come up with innovative products.
•Finally, potential points of convergence are discussed, which depict the new market opportunities for sensor fusion that results from convergence with other technologies.

Key Findings

•Year of Impact
Wide Scale Adoption Expected by 2015
Sensor fusion technology has been in the market for quite a while, especially in military and defense applications. Breakthrough applications enabled by sensor fusion, such as indoor navigation, context awareness, and advanced driver assistance systems are set to emerge as new sources of revenue by 2015.

•Market Potential
High Growth Expected from Mobile Device Market
With the increasing use of smartphones and the demand for new and intelligent functionalities from the smartphones, mobile devices will continue to drive the adoption of sensor fusion.

•Global Footprint
Highest Adoption in USA
Key industry participants, such as Freescale Semiconductor, InvenSense, Analog Devices, Kionix, and PNI Sensor have fostered technology innovations for accelerating faster adoption in the USA.

•IP Activity
Innovation Gaining Pace
Presence of major sensor fusion system providers in the USA positions the country as leader in patent publication status.

•Funding
Private Agencies Driving Funding Activities
With regard to sensor fusion, funding has been strongly concentrated in the military area. However, private companies are receiving funding to leverage sensor fusion in consumer electronics applications.

•Breadth of Industries
Fusing Intelligence in Applications
Sensor fusion combines data from several sensors to provide more accurate and comprehensive information than that which could be acquired from individual sensors. This capability allows sensor fusion to find applications in industries, such as consumer electronics, automotive, healthcare, and smart grids, where added intelligence is on demand.

•Impact on Megatrend
Social Trends Promoting Sensor Fusion
Sensor fusion is perceived to have a strong impact on connectivity and convergence, social trends and health, wellness and well-being. Adoption of sensor fusion is expected to be promoted by breakthrough applications, such as indoor navigation, context awareness, and key megatrends such as social trends driving the need for enhanced interaction and communication.

•Potential Points of Convergence
Sensor Fusion Powering IoT
Convergence with ICT and embedded processing holds maximum potential in the near- to mid-term. It will enable a host of IoT (Internet of things) applications.

•Size of Innovation Ecosystem
Active stakeholders promoting growth
MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) sensor manufacturers and sensor fusion software providers are offering innovative products, such as X DOF IMUs (inertial measurement units) and advanced algorithms that will further enable breakthrough applications of sensor fusion.

Table Of Contents

Breakthroughs in Sensor Fusion (Technical Insights)
Table of Contents

Executive Summary 3
Technology Snapshot 10
Year of Impact 19
Market Potential 23
Global Footprint 27
IP Activity-Patent Assessment 30
Funding 33
Breadth of Industries-Breadth of Applications 35
Impact on Megatrend 54
Potential Points of Convergence 56
Size of the Innovation Ecosystem 62
Key Conclusions 67
Patents and Contacts 68
The Frost and Sullivan Story 75

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