A personal opinion from the Farsens team on where the sensor industry is heading based on the experience at the Sensors Expo 2015 trade show.

Sensors Expo 2015 was held June 9-11 in Long Beach, Calif. Being the largest showcase of sensing technologies in the US, Sensors Expo 2015 shapes what’s driving the future. The main technology areas were Energy Harvesting, IoT, MEMS, Wireless, and Wearables.

As previously done with the RFID Journal LIVE! and Sensor+Test trade shows, Farsens presented their wireless and battery-free sensors in Sensors Expo 2015 too.

Farsens booth at Sensors Expo 2015

Farsens booth at Sensors Expo 2015

Strong focus on wireless and MEMS

Farsens’s team’s impression is that there was a strong focus on MEMS and wireless.

MEMS were shown in multiple booths from sensor design companies to system integrators. It is clear that decreasing power consumption of sensors continues to be a trend in the sensor industry – which makes MEMS gain attention.

Wireless sensor networks were also displayed in multiple booths. There was no single technology or protocol that was more prevalent in Sensors Expo 2015. Even though media continues to talk about Bluetooth 4.0 – or Bluetoogh Low Energy (BLE) – as one of the winners for the Internet of Things, Sensor Expo 2015 showed no significant volume yet.

Limited products on air quality

As discussed in a previous post about the Sensor+Test 2015 trade show, air quality sensors seemed to be gaining traction in Europe. We could not see that in Sensors Expo 2015. Air sensors did not represent a big portion of the sensors displayed in the show.

System integrator show

Finally, we observed a small bias on visitors. Most of them were sensor manufacturers and system integrators looking for new products and technologies rather than end users looking for solutions to real applications.

IoT as the natural market for sensing technology

In general, we can continue to think that the sensor industry will be shaped by the importance of the Internet of Things. The Sensors Expo 2015 actually held an IoT Pabillion, addressing the increasing impact of the IoT on sensor research and design.

From wireless communication to lower power consumption, including energy harvesting, spreading sensors around to source data to the IoT is probably the major objective of the industry and this is shown in trade shows.