What's in store for sensors?

18th January 2018
Posted By : Anna Flockett
What's in store for sensors?

A new era of connectivity in the digital age is being brought by the Internet of Things, as it connects critical business sectors through a network of secure data flow, analytics, and management. It’s also bringing numerous opportunities for sensor participants through security technologies required for remote services and enhanced accessibility of devices.

The total sensors market in security and surveillance applications was worth $6,267.9m in 2016, with image sensors holding the largest market share at 23%. The market is expected to reach $12,012.1m by 2023.

North America and EMEA dominate the market, driven by aging infrastructures, but APAC is the fastest growing due to rapid infrastructure development, strong economic growth, and favourable government regulations. However, challenges for sensor manufacturers and suppliers include increased competition, leading to pricing pressures, lack of product differentiation, and lack of common global standards.

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, 'Sensors in Security & Surveillance', Global Forecast to 2023, covers global trends for sensors used in security and surveillance applications across industries such as industrial, commercial, institutional, building automation, infrastructure, and security and defence. The analysis also explores the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on security and surveillance.

The growth of IoT is contributing to rapidly evolving security requirements, with the areas of robotics and biometric and RFID sensors offering the greatest opportunities. Robotics is expected to be the future of security and surveillance, with considerable investments in research and development in this space. In addition, the demand for drones and AGVs remains strong, especially in defence, commercial, and institutional spaces.

“In commercial and residential applications, biometric recognition used in access control systems is also witnessing a gradual increase in interest,” said Ram Ravi. “In addition, cloud networking, a revolutionary two-way interactive service delivery platform, is expected to create a technological explosion in the homes and buildings services market, particularly in commercial and residential security applications. This will enable homes and buildings participants to adopt new business models to provide attractive cloud-based services through a secured network.”

Three big predictions for sensors in the global security and surveillance market:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) is paving the way for industry convergence and enabling machine-to-machine (M2M) communications for better business decisions. Sensors form the physical layer of the IoT architecture
  • Development of new communication protocols will ensure interoperability and provide standardisation, particularly in applications for perimeter security, intrusion detection, and access control systems
  • Retail, healthcare, and finance are all expected to offer considerable growth opportunities for sensors in biometrics.


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