Smart sensor technology finds tremendous potential in various industries

February 26, 2003

San Jose, Calif.--February 26, 2003--Advances in miniaturized electronics and ongoing research are developing intelligent sensing devices into highly sophisticated sensors for applications in various fields including security, manufacturing processes, medicine, and research.

Commercially available smart sensors and testing prototypes promise a new way of collecting, transmitting, and processing data from harsh and remote environments. Just as important, they promise better bottom lines for industrialists.

"Because of the flexibility of connecting sensing devices with computers, signal processors, or other electronic devices, it is more useful to think of smart sensing as a concept, rather than a narrowly-defined instrumentality," states Technical Insight Analyst Michael Valenti.

The current worldwide security alert has spurred the most interesting developments in this sector, exploring novel uses of smart sensors to control access to sensitive facilities and equipment.

Smart sensor integration with manufacturing and imaging systems for production lines are helping to optimize manufacturing processes. Replacement of cables with radio frequency transmission allows remote programming using information collected from sensors located throughout a facility, while radio frequency identification sensors are enabling inventory tracking in warehouses.

Smart sensor technology has also given rise to a new breed of diagnostic instruments.

Companies worldwide are developing smart sensors as an advanced technology to remarkably improve environmental, residential, and industrial processing and monitoring despite the presence of ambient noise.

New analysis by Technical Insights, a business unit of Frost & Sullivan (www.Technical-Insights.frost.com), Smart Sensors: Global Developments and Growth Opportunities, provides valuable insight into the impact of emerging technologies on smart sensors. It identifies key markets, applications, developers, and obstacles in the way of commercial success.

Technical Insights will hold a conference call at 3:00 p.m. (EST)/ 12:00 p.m. (PST) on March 11, 2003 to provide a summary and analysis of the latest developments in smart sensors. Those interested in participating in the call should send an email to Julia Paulson at jpaulson@frost.com with the following information for registration:

Full name, Company Name, Title, Contact Tel Number, Contact Fax Number, Email. Upon receipt of the above information, a confirmation/pass code for the live briefing will be emailed to you.
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Frost & Sullivan is a global leader in strategic growth consulting. Acquired by Frost & Sullivan, Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and reports. The ongoing analysis on smart sensor technologies is covered in Sensor Technology Alert, a Technical Insights subscription service. Executive summaries and interviews are available to the press.

Smart Sensors: Global Developments and Growth Opportunities Report: D252


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