A new product from a nano gas sensor developer based in California, United States, promises to ramp up the integration of gas sensors in smart Internet of Things (IoT) systems for people, homes, workplaces, and environmental monitoring and research. The AerNos Nano Gas Sensor Development Kit, dubbed AerIoT, is part of a wave of new products supplying the growing market demand for gas sensor solutions.
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Gas Sensor Integration
The demand for gas sensors grew steadily over the last few years as new uses emerged alongside the rise of IoT. This steady growth has been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to yield an even greater market throughout this decade.
According to market forecasting firm Grand View Research, the global market for gas sensors – valued at $2.33 billion in 2020 – is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7% until 2028.
This growth will be driven by more demand for air quality monitoring solutions for small spaces like offices, classrooms, homes, and entertainment venues. With modern intelligent, compact, and inexpensive gas sensors available – and readily available IoT systems for home consumers and office managers alike – integrating gas sensors has become much more accessible.
Market researchers point to the need to curb air pollution from rising harmful gas emissions as another source of growth for the gas sensor market. Accessible gas sensor solutions can be used to monitor air quality and protect people in homes, schools, and workplaces alike.
Local authorities worldwide are paying attention to the health and economic costs of poor air quality and reacting with strong regulation in congestion charges and pedestrianization projects. These positive measures can only be brought about if data exists to support decision-making, so gas sensor integration also has a strong market in the public sector.
Smart cities use IoT-based gas sensors with wireless connectivity to detect air pollution levels and pre-fire conditions. Sensor networks also monitor gas combustion and can be used to detect illegal industrial pollution.
Through the IoT, abundant air quality data can be analyzed and shared in real-time. Automated restrictions like road closures, traffic rerouting, and further inspection can be carried out with autonomous, networked devices. Optimizations for public health are made possible by letting machine learning (ML) algorithms loose on the vast web of sensor data that integrated gas sensors can provide.
Worldwide, smart city spending increased by 20% in 2020, according to SmartCitiesWorld statistics. Singapore, the U.S., and Japan were the biggest spenders. The increasing interest and investment in smart cities is another source of growth for the gas sensor market, as integrating gas sensors into smart cities’ IoT is standard practice.
AerNos is already established in this market. New nano gas sensor products demonstrated at the global technology conference, CES, in 2020 caught the attention of the world’s tech press. The sensors are deployable in smart homes and smart cities alike, and their flexibility has already been observed across regions worldwide.
Advanced gas sensor technology like AerNos’s will also create its own demand, as more applications are demonstrated in a wider variety of industries and sectors..
National and international regulatory frameworks will also spur the gas sensor market in the next few years. Concerns over carbon monoxide poisoning in the U.S., for example, have prompted the government to deploy carbon monoxide detectors in school buildings in various states.
Finally, the outbreak of COVID-19 in late 2019 and the subsequent global pandemic are creating growth opportunities for the gas sensor market. Although no “COVID-detector” exists, gas sensors can be used as part of a suite of integrated technologies to assess the risk of viral transmission in indoor venues.
Industry trends like remote working, data twinning, and automation have all been sped up by COVID-19, with projects that had been long on the cards finally getting the go-ahead and projects finishing before their scheduled deadline.
This gradual transformation towards an IoT-powered industry – call it Industrial IoT (IIoT), Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution – will create much more demand for accessible, relatively cheap, smart, connected sensors in the next few years.
Meeting the Demand for Gas Sensor Integration
New research and development in the gas sensor industry are focused on lightweight, inexpensive, compact products with wireless connectivity. The industrial sensors of old were too expensive, too big, and too heavy to be widely applied in a dispersed area or integrated into a wider IoT network.
The AerIoT product from AerNos makes gas sensor integration accessible for more people in more industries and sectors. The development kit comes with sensors, an app, and an application programming interface (API) with which developers can build gas sensor applications.
This will enable designers and manufacturers to find and test new applications for miniaturized, smart gas sensor technology.
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References and Further Reading
AerNos, Inc (2021) AerNos Introduces AerIoT Nano Gas Sensor Development Kit. [online] EIN Presswire. Available at: https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/552160320/aernos-introduces-aeriot-nano-gas-sensor-development-kit
Grand View Research (2021) Gas Sensor Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report. [online]Grand View Research. Available at: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/gas-sensors-market