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Fiber Optic Sensors Global Market Forecast & Analysis

This is the ElectroniCast forecast of global market consumption of Fiber Optic Sensors. The quantitative market forecast data presented in this study report, covering the years 2013-2018, are segmented into the following geographic regions, plus a Global summary:

  • The Americas (North America, Central and South America)
  • EMEA (Europe, Middle Eastern countries, plus Africa)
  • APAC (Asia Pacific)

NOTE: ElectroniCast Consultants provides separate market forecast data for the country of Russia (also known as the Russia Federation) in the Excel File; Russia is a sub-set of the EMEA Region.

The market forecast data is presented and segmented in two main sections:

  • Fiber Optic Point Sensors: Component-Level
  • Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensor Systems

Fiber Optic Point Sensors

The ElectroniCast market forecast of the Fiber Optic Point Sensors is segmented by the following end-user applications:

  • Manufacturing Process/Factory
  • Civil Engineering/Construction (buildings, bridges, tunnels, etc)
  • Military/Aerospace/Security
  • Test & Measurement used in Telecommunication, CATV, Private/Enterprise
  • Biomedical/Science
  • Petrochemical/Energy/Utilities/Natural Resources
  • Automotive/Vehicle

Sensing/Measuring (Measurand)

The ElectroniCast Fiber Optic Point Sensor Forecast further segmented by the following sensing/measuring quantity (measurand) types:

  • Mechanical Strain
  • Temperature
  • Pressure
  • Chemical, Gas, Liquid
  • Vibration, Acoustic, Seismic
  • Displacement, Acceleration, Proximity
  • Electric and Magnetic Field - Fiber Optic Sensors
  • Rotation (such as Fiber Optic Gyroscopes: FOGs)

Distributed Continuous Sensors

The market forecast of the Distributed Continuous Sensors is further segmented by application and by technology, as follows:

  • Manufacturing Process/Factory
    • Interferometric
    • Raman back-scattering
    • Brillouin waves
  • Civil Engineering/Construction (buildings, bridges, tunnels, etc)
    • Interferometric
    • Raman back-scattering
    • Brillouin waves
  • Military/Aerospace/Security
    • Interferometric
    • Raman back-scattering
    • Brillouin waves
  • Petrochemical/Energy/Utilities/Natural Resources
    • Interferometric
    • Raman back-scattering
    • Brillouin waves
  • Biomedical/Science
    • Interferometric
    • Raman back-scattering
    • Brillouin waves

ElectroniCast counts each Point fiber optic sensors as one unit; however, the volume/quantity (number of units) of Distributed Continuous fiber optic sensors is based on a complete optical fiber line and associated components, which are defined as a “system”.

Continuous Distributed fiber optic sensor systems involve the optic fiber with the sensors embedded with the fiber. ElectroniCast includes the optoelectronic (system board and/or module), connectors, optical fiber, cable (fiber jacket) and the sensor elements (one uninterrupted line) in this forecast data. It is important to note that POINT sensors are often used in Distributed fiber optic sensor systems (installed at multiple-points/ point-to-point); however, we count their use in the Point fiber optic sensor category and not in the continuous (non-stop) distributed sensor category.

Extensive Technology Review

This report by ElectroniCast Consultants provides a very detailed review of applicable technologies, including:

  • Interferometry
  • Intensity
  • Polarization
  • Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG)
  • Raman back-scattering
  • Fluorescence
  • Brillouin waves
  • Doppler Anemometry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Waveguides/ Specialty Optical Fiber
  • Optrode

Competition

Also included in this market forecast and analysis report from ElectroniCast is an extensive list of fiber optic sensor manufacturers and related companies, along with a matrix table classifying the types of sensors technologies. Market share estimates for the leading competitors are also provided.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Sensing

Monitoring and data transmission using fiber optic sensors and optical fiber in cabling is now commonplace in various applications, via intrinsic fiber optic sensors or extrinsic fiber optic sensors. With an intrinsic sensor, one or more of the sensing/measuring quantity or physical properties (measurand) of the optical fiber passes through or inside the optical fiber and therefore experiences a change. Extrinsic sensing takes place in a region outside of the optical fiber and the optical fiber acts as a transmission media of light to and from (linking) the sensing interface.

Fiber Optic Sensors: Global Market Forecast

Depending on the application, fiber may be used because of its small size, or because no electrical power is needed at the remote location, immune to EMI/RFI (Electromagnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference), or because many sensors can be multiplexed along the length of a fiber by using different wavelengths of light for each sensor, or by sensing the time delay as light passes along the fiber through each sensor.

The consumption value of fiber optic sensors is shown in the Figure below 1 During the 2013-2018 timeline, we forecast that the consumption (use) value will grow at an impressive average annual rate of 18 percent from $1.89 billion to $4.33 billion. Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data.

Fiber Optic Sensor Global Consumption Market Forecast
(Value Basis, $Billion)

Note: Market forecast data in this study report refers to consumption (use) for a particular calendar year; therefore, this data is not cumulative data. Market forecast data are provided in United States Dollars.

1All values and prices in this report are at factory as-shipped levels, and are in current dollars, which include the effect of a forecasted 5 percent annual inflation rate over the forecast period.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

  • 1.1. Overview
  • 1.2. Hand-Held OTDR Market Trends
  • 1.3. Biophotonic & Medical Science Use of LED-Based Sensing/Detection
  • 1.4. Use of Fiber Optics in Harsh Environments
  • 1.5. Fiber Optic Networks - Overview
  • 1.6. Fiber Optics Industry: Decade-to-Decade

2. Point Fiber Optic Sensor Measurand and Application Market Forecast

  • 2.1. Overview
  • 2.2. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Strain
  • 2.3. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Temperature
  • 2.4. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Pressure
  • 2.5. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Chemical, Gas and Liquid
  • 2.6. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Vibration, Acoustic and Seismic
  • 2.7. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Displacement, Acceleration and Proximity
  • 2.8. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Electric and Magnetic Field
  • 2.9. Point Fiber Optics Sensors Market Forecast: Rotation

3. Continuous Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Systems Market Forecast

  • 3.1. Overview
  • 3.2. Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensors: Manufacturing/Factory Market Forecast
  • 3.3. Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensors: Civil Engineering/Construction Forecast
  • 3.4. Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensors: Military/Aerospace/Security Market Forecast
  • 3.5. Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensors: Petrochemical/Energy/Utilities Forecast
  • 3.6. Distributed Continuous Fiber Optic Sensors: Biomedical/Science Forecast

4. Fiber Optic Sensor Technology

  • 4.1. Overview
  • 4.2. Interferometric Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.3. Intensity Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.4. Polarization Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.5. Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.6. Raman Scattering Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.7. Fluorescence Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.8. Brillouin Scattering Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.9. Doppler Anemometry
  • 4.10. Spectroscopy
  • 4.11. Waveguides Fiber Optic Sensors
  • 4.12. Optrode

5. Competitive Market Share Estimates by ElectroniCast and List of Selected Vendors

  • 5.1. Overview
  • 5.2. List of Fiber Optic Sensor and Related Companies (over 140 companies are listed)

Note: Company Product Matrix in Excel Worksheet Addendum

6. Optical Communication Trends

  • 6.1. Fiber Network Technology Trends
  • 6.2. Components
  • 6.3. Devices and Parts

7. ElectroniCast Research and Analysis Methodology

8. Definitions: Acronyms, Abbreviations, and General Terms

9. ElectroniCast Market Forecast Data Base Introduction

Market Forecast Data Base - Excel Spreadsheets:

  • Global
  • America
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
  • Russia (Sub-set of EMEA)
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)

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