Environmental Applications of FBAR sensors

Environmentasensors for measuring temperature, light, humidity, pressure and radiation are widely used to control indoor environments, monitor outdoor conditions and regulate processes for the manufacturing of goods. These sensor types have been estimated to collectively make up 22% of the global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensor market (Frost and Sullivan, 2016)Occupying such a large market share highlights the value placed upon them, but will this market share grow and if so, what areas will be the most important?  

The Frost and Sullivan report ‘Growth Perspective for Sensors in IIoT’ identifies that the main need for environmental sensors and monitoring systems will be driven by the rising concerns over global warming, environmental conditions and the effects this will have on the quality of our work-spaces and commercial outputs. The growth predicted for environmental sensors between 2012 and 2021 is $515.9 million. The main needs placed on these sensors are that they are forward thinking by design, with key criteria such as:  

  • Effective processing of data sets to reduce storage requirements 
  • Ease of connectivity, often required to be wireless and remote 
  • Ability to be embedded into IIoT devices and systems 

After assessing these key market criteria, Worcester Scientific has manufactured FBAR sensor systems to match the needs of environmental sensors and disrupt the established technology available on the market.  

The FBAR sensors manufactured by Worcester Scientific are versatile, by exploiting their inherent qualities the monitoring of light, radiation, temperature and pressure can be achieved. Coating the FBAR sensors further makes them responsive to humidity. This coating process is useful for making the sensors highly selective to target substances and conditions and ensures that the data gathered is specific, reducing processing time and storage requirements.  

The processing and analysis of our sensor data is achieved through a novel software system developed in-house by Worcester Scientific. The system is adaptable to meet the needs of the presented application and provides data in near real time graphs.  

To learn more about our environmental sensing capability, contact: Info@worcesterscientific.com   


Frost & Sullivan, 2016. ‘Growth perspective for sensors in IIoT’