A new report by Transparency Market Research predicts the global ultrasonic sensors market to reach US$1.67 bn by 2023. The market stood at US$380.8 mn in 2014 and is likely to surge at an impressive CAGR of 17.1% between 2015 and 2023.
Q: How is the market benefiting from diverse applications of ultrasonic sensors?
A: Over the years, ultrasonic sensing technologies have become more mature and are increasingly used across an array of engineering and basic science domains. Furthermore, many of the conventional and sophisticated ultrasonic instruments, devices, and software are commercialized and are used in medical and industrial applications. The outstanding capability of ultrasonic sensors to probe inside objects without having any negative impact on them, has been a key factor fuelling their demand worldwide.
In engineering, medical, and physics, ultrasonic sensors are mainly used in various nondestructive evaluations such as quantitative characterization of materials, structural health monitoring, and inspections of industrial structures. Ultrasonic sensors are also used to design and develop novel and more effective technologies for use in nondestructive evaluations.
Apart from this, the automotive industry also has been exhibiting rising application of ultrasonic sensors. Rapid urbanization has spurred the demand for improved parking assistance and better vehicle safety. Changing government regulations encouraging the implementation of smart traffic management are also creating lucrative opportunities for the global ultrasonic sensors market.
Q: What recent advances in healthcare technology are boosting applications of ultrasonic sensors?
A: Across healthcare organizations worldwide, scientists are integrating humanoid technology with patient care. Case in point: Pepper is the name of the newest member on the staff of a Belgian hospital. She joined the medical team of Ostend Hospital AZ Damiaan as a receptionist. Her creator, Zora Bots – a Belgian company, is expecting Pepper to be extremely helpful in the recovery of patients.
The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center located at Mission Bay has launched a fleet of 27 robots, named Tugs. These robots have been roaming the hallways of the center since February 2015. They can travel 12 miles a day on an average delivering surgical tools in operating room specimens to pathology, linens to rooms, and meals and medications to patients. Robots like Pepper and Tugs operate through Wi-fi systems. They navigate through hallways and hospital centers using infrared and ultrasonic sensors.
The evolution of such healthcare technology has not only made medical services more accessible but also facilitated uninterrupted monitoring of patient’s health. Without the integration of ultrasonic sensors, these advances would have remained a distant dream.