The “Global Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market, by Technology (Rayleigh Scattering Based Distributed Sensor, Brillouin Scattering Based Sensor, Raman Scattering Based Sensor, Interferometric Distributed Optical-Fiber Sensor, and Distributed Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor), by Application (Strain Sensing, Temperature Sensing, Acoustic/Vibration Sensing, Pressure Sensing and Others (Moisture Detection)), by Vertical (Oil & Gas, Security, Energy & Utility, Transportation Infrastructure, Industrial Application and Others (Environment & Geotechnics, Healthcare etc.)) and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”,
is expected to be valued at US$ 3,567.4 million by 2027, witnessing a CAGR of 10.4%
during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by .
Distributed fiber optic sensing is a novel technology that facilitates instantaneous and uninterrupted measurement of physical parameters along the entire length of fiber cable. Contrary to conventional sensing, where discrete sensors are used at certain points, distributed fiber optic sensors are not dependent on the manufactured sensors and use continuous optical fiber. It can measure an extensive range of physical parameters including acoustic perturbations, temperature changes, strain, etc. Moreover, fiber optic sensors are used in the region of high voltage electricity, since they are poor conductors of electricity and offer resistance to electromagnetic interference. These properties have led to adoption of fiber optic sensors in jet fuel and oil & gas tanks. Furthermore, they are lightweight, cost-effective, and efficient.
The global distributed fiber optic sensor market is estimated to account for US$ 1,610.7 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2019
Growing investment in infrastructures by owners, in order to monitor their health is expected to drive growth of the global distributed fiber optic sensor market over the forecast period
Distributed fiber optic sensors are being increasingly used in monitoring structural health of large infrastructures such as skyscrapers, dams, roads, airports, suspension bridges, and more. Furthermore, significant growth of smart manufacturing and infrastructure market is expected to increase deployment of distributed fiber optic sensors. This, in turn, is expected to propel the global distributed fiber optic sensor market growth during the forecast period.
Strict regulatory policies concerning leak detection in various industries are expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for market players
The gas leak is a major challenge in various industries, especially in oil & gas, which could lead to catastrophic events and loss of lives. Thus, government organizations have formulated stringent regulatory policies regarding the leak detection and required measures, which in turn, is expected to pose lucrative growth opportunities for market players in the near future. For instance, in 2002, the U.S. Government passed Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, which requires companies providing natural gas to conduct safety inspections for gas leaks in homes and other buildings.
Technical challenges faced during installation of fiber optic sensors are expected to restrain the global distributed optical fibers market growth over the forecast period
Although distributed fiber optic sensors provide accurate data, its installation requires skilled labors with ample experience. Other technical difficulties such as defective materials from OEMs is another factor that can hinder the installation of fiber optic sensors. Moreover, lack of trained labors for deployment of distributed fiber optic sensing technology is expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
- The global distributed optical fibers market is projected to witness CAGR of 10.4% during the forecast period (2019- 2027), owing to growing investment in infrastructures by owners, in order to monitor their health.
- Asia Pacific held the dominant position in the global tipper body market in 2019, and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is owing to increasing support from the government, which is anticipated to accelerate the deployment of distributed fiber optic sensors.
- Latin America is expected to show substantial growth throughout the forecast period, owing to rapid urbanization which has compelled governments to improve the infrastructure.
Increasing support from the government is expected to accelerate the deployment of distributed fiber optic sensors
- Asia Pacific Trends
Governments of various countries in Asia Pacific are focused on supporting key players to enhance the existing solutions of distributed fiber optic sensors, in order to enhance its performance. In Malaysia, the government provides funding to companies for pre-commercialization of products and technologies. For instance, according to Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministry of Malaysia, commercialization rate of technologies developed by higher learning intuitions in the 10th Malaysia Plan has been increased by 12% as compared to 8% during the 9th Malaysia Plan.
Rapid urbanization in the region has compelled governments to improve their infrastructure
- Latin America Trends
Various governments in Latin America are focused on improving existing infrastructure such as bridges, airports, dams, and military apartments, in order to accommodate growing urban population. This, in turn, has increased the demand for reliable structural health monitoring solutions in the region. Thus, it is expected to drive the distributed fiber optic sensor market growth in the region.
Key companies involved in the global distributed fiber optics sensor market are Brugg Kabel AG, Omnisens S.A., AFL Global (Subsidiary of Fujikura), OSENSA Innovations Corp., SOLIFOS AG, Sensor Highway Ltd. (Acquired by Schlumberger), FISO Technologies Inc. (Acquired by Roctest), NEC Corporation, Verizon Wireless, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and QinetiQ Group plc.
- Key players in the market are focused on collaborations and partnerships, in order to gain competitive edge in the market. For instance, in October 2019, Verizon collaborated with NEC Corporation a proof-of-concept trial using existing fiber optic cables as distributed optical sensors to gather information regarding city’s traffic pattern and road capacity.
- Key players are focused on capacity expansion, in order to enhance market presence. For instance, in August 2016, AFL Global expanded its FlexScan family of pocket-sized OTDRs by launching two new PON OTDR models namely FS200-300 FlexScan and FS200-304 PON OTDR.
- By Technology
- Rayleigh Scattering Based Distributed Sensor
- Brillouin Scattering Based Sensor
- Raman Scattering Based Sensor
- Interferometric Distributed Optical-Fiber Sensor
- Distributed Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor
- By Application
- Strain Sensing
- Temperature Sensing
- Acoustic/Vibration Sensing
- Pressure Sensing
- Others (Moisture Detection)
- By Vertical
- Oil & Gas
- Energy & Utility
- Transportation Infrastructure
- Industrial Application
- Others (Environment & Geotechnics, Healthcare etc.)
- By Region
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa