Aerospace & Defence

IR imaging industry continues to grow

23rd September 2016
Lanna Deamer

Initially focused on military applications, the uncooled IR cameras market has grown significantly into new market segments during the last ten years. Yole Développement’s analysts have identified three main applications – thermography, automotive and surveillance & security – that could reach 1.5mn units by 2021.

In addition, consumer applications linked to the explosion of the smartphone market are now in high growth mode and could add more than 10mn by 2021, as detailed in the optimistic scenario of Yole Développement's IR Imaging report entitled Uncooled IR Imaging Technology & Market Trends report (August 2016). Step by step, the IR imaging industry is getting out of high-end applications and moving towards larger-volume consumer applications.

In early September, “More than Moore” market research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement and its partner CIOE organised a conference to highlight the latest technical innovations and analyse players’ positioning and strategies. The first Executive IR Imaging Forum took place in Shenzhen, China, alongside the 18th China International Optoelectronic Expo 2016, to discuss the latest technical breakthroughs, tomorrow’s challenges and the way to success. With this event, along with the IR Forum and the Sapphire Forum the same week and at the same location, the consulting company confirmed its strong position in the field of uncooled IR imaging and reaffirmed its strategy of development within the Greater China area.

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