Sensors and Actuators Report

The market for gas sensors will reach $3.1 billion by 2028

Environmental Gas Sensors 2018-2028

Technologies, manufacturers, forecasts

Brand new for May 2018

Poor air quality causes more deaths annually than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. A lack of low cost environmental monitoring equipment prevents individuals from taking action to improve air quality. Currently environmental monitoring methods are expensive and provide low spatial coverage, making their usefulness to individuals limited.
Sensors are based on tried and tested technology, new methods of manufacture are enabling smaller, lower power and more selective sensors. This has led to a tipping point in the industry, enabling the integration of sensors into low cost devices and into everyday consumer electronics such as mobile phones and wearable devices. In the future, a range of detection principles will be used to assess the wide range of pollutants in the environment. By 2028, more than 700 million sensors will be used in mobile phones.
At the same time, sensors will play a key role in IoT development and will be used extensively in smart home and smart city programmes. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, air purifiers, smart windows and other applications will employ sensors to improve the quality of life of individuals across the world. We expect a growing market for gas sensors used in smart homes and smart cities.
In this report, we forecast the market for environmental gas sensors from 2018 to 2028. The atmospheric pollutants under examination include CO2, volatile organic compounds, NOx, Ammonia, SO2 and CO. Many pollutants exist at similar concentrations in the region of parts per billion (ppb). Consequently, there is a greater need for selective sensors in environmental monitoring. Another main focus is the particle pollutant of micron size, as the concern of smog is growing.
This report covers biosensors based on techniques of:
  • pellistor gas sensor
  • infrared gas sensor
  • metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) gas sensor
  • electrochemical gas sensor
  • and optical particle monitor (OPM) gas sensor
These techniques were compared with the traditional methods such as ultraviolet adsorption or filter dynamics measurement system. Gas sensors present an opportunity to attain good spatial coverage on environmental information, unobtainable with traditional monitoring methods. Microelectromechanical systems and screen printing techniques open the door to miniaturising these sensors, which is the key for the future use of these gas sensors
The market forecast is based on six major market segments:
  • automotive
  • air purifier
  • smart devices (mobile)
  • smart home
  • smart city
  • and wearables.
The environmental sensor market is currently dominated by the automotive industry, where sensors are used to automate air flow into the drivers' compartment. Over the coming years, IDTechEx expect to see large increases in sales across several new markets, primarily to the mobile device and air purifier industries.
We provide a list of main manufacturers of gas sensors, and a SWOT analysis of ten. We also give a comprehensive study on current available devices that using gas sensor to monitor environment, including sensors in mobile devices, wearable, air purifiers, automobiles, smart cities and to measure indoor air quality.
Sensors in smart city by revenue - full data given in the report
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Table of Contents
1.1.New technology is unlocking the market
1.2.Major market segments
1.3.Key players in each sensor type
1.4.Trends by detection principles
2.1.The global challenge of air pollution
2.2.Effects of outdoor air pollution
2.3.Indoor air pollution is also an issue
2.4.The seven most common atmospheric pollutants
2.5.International air quality standards
2.6.Need for environmental monitoring
2.7.Types of environmental sampling
2.8.Potential uses for low cost air quality monitors
3.1.Current pollution monitoring instruments are costly
3.2.Gas sensors offer an alternative
3.3.Sensor industry
3.4.History of chemical sensors
3.5.Concentrations of detectable atmospheric pollutants
3.6.Environmental sensing in industrial facilities
3.7.Five common detection principles for gas sensors
3.8.Introduction to pellistor gas sensors
3.9.Introduction to infrared gas sensors
3.10.Introduction to metal oxide (MOS) gas sensors
3.11.Introduction to electrochemical gas sensors
3.12.Introduction to optical particle detection
3.13.Current research in gas sensors: carbon nanotubes
3.14.Current research in gas sensors: zeolites
3.15.Current research in gas sensors: graphene
3.16.Transition to new manufacturing methods
3.17.Energy harvesting technologies for gas sensors
3.18.Sensors in comparison with traditional equipment
3.19.Limitations of gas sensing devices
4.1.Miniaturized sensors: a tipping point in the market
4.2.Sensor fabrication using MEMS manufacturing
4.3.Flat electrochemical sensors
4.4.Comparison between classic and miniaturised sensors
4.5.Miniaturisation of pellistor gas sensors
4.6.Miniaturisation of infrared gas sensor
4.7.Miniaturisation of electrochemical gas sensors
4.8.Miniaturisation of MOS gas sensors
4.9.Comparison of miniaturised sensor technology
5.1.The gas sensor value chain
5.2.List of gas sensor manufacturers
5.3.Recent acquisitions in the gas sensor industry
5.4.Sensor manufacturer business models
5.5.Porters' five force analysis of industry
5.6.Quality assurance for environmental monitoring equipment
5.7.SWOT analysis of 10 manufacturers
5.8.Future challenges for sensor manufacturers
6.1.The mobile device industry
6.2.Suitable detection principles for mobile devices
6.3.Consumer interface for gas sensing data
6.4.Challenges for sensor integration into smartphones
6.5.Future market opportunities in the mobile device sector
7.1.The wearable technology industry
7.2.Sensor integration in wrist wear
7.3.Technology requirements of wearable sensors
7.4.Wearable sensors as part of modular wrist straps
7.5.Environmental sensor integration in fashion accessories
7.6.Future opportunities for wearable sensors
8.1.Indoor air quality
8.2.Sources of indoor air pollutants
8.3.Effects of CO2 exposure on decision making
8.4.Home and office monitoring: a connected environment
8.5.Current smart home monitoring vendors
8.6.Sensors to direct HVAC systems
8.7.HVAC systems in buildings
8.8.Future opportunities for IAQ monitoring
8.9.Challenges for indoor air quality measurement
9.1.The global air purifier market
9.2.Methods of air purification
9.3.Suitable miniaturised detection principles for air purifiers
9.4.Challenges in indoor air quality monitoring
10.1.Automobile pollution: a global epidemic
10.2.Air quality sensors safeguarding passengers
10.3.Car mounted sensors monitoring air pollution in Mexico City
10.4.Challenges for automobile gas sensing
10.5.Future opportunities for automobile gas sensors
11.1.Introduction to smart cities
11.2.Fixed vs mobile sensing networks
11.3.Personal vs private networks
11.4.Current city wide pollution monitoring programmes
11.5.Current smart city air monitoring projects
11.6.Calculated air quality measurements
11.7.Transport based sensing of environmental pollutants
11.8.Airborne pollution sensing
11.9.Mobile monitoring: sensors on bicycles
11.10.Traffic monitoring with gas sensors
11.11.Array of things project - Chicago
11.12.Anatomy of an outdoor sensor node
11.13.Challenges for smart city monitoring
11.14.Future opportunities for environmental sensors in smart cities
12.1.Handheld environmental monitors
13.1.Forecast details and assumptions
13.2.Breakdown by market
13.3.Market forecast: unit sales
13.4.Market forecast: market value
13.5.Unit sales forecast by Detection Principle
13.6.Market value Forecast by Detection Principle
13.7.Sensors in Smart Devices, by Volume
13.8.Sensors in Smart Devices, by Revenue
13.9.Sensors in Wearables, by Volume
13.10.Sensors in Wearables, by Revenue
13.11.Sensors in Air Purifier by Volume
13.12.Sensors in Air Purifier by Revenue
13.13.Sensors in Smart City by Volume
13.14.Sensors in Smart City by Revenue
13.15.Sensors in Smart Home by Volume
13.16.Sensors in Smart Home by Revenue
13.17.Sensors in Automotive by Volume
13.18.Sensors in Automotive by Revenue
13.19.Other applications, by volume
13.20.Other application, by Revenue
14.1.Aeroqual 10
14.2.AQMesh 12
14.3.Bosch Sensortec 14
14.4.Breezometer 18
14.5.Cambridge CMOS Sensors 20
14.6.eLichens 23
14.7.FIS Inc 26
14.8.Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) 29
14.9.PARC, a Xerox company 32
14.10.Plume Labs 34
14.11.Sensirion 37
14.12.SGX Sensortech 39
14.13.SPEC Sensors, LLC 41
14.14.Synkera Technologies

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-Forecasts to2028
-Last updateMay 2018


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