Optical Fiber Sensor By Signicent

Optical Fiber Sensor: Technology Innovations, Applications, IP & Market Research Report

The report will shed light on Optical Fiber Sensor. The report discusses the innovative solutions in different industries, key players, market size, segmentation, drivers, startups, and key collaborations in the area.

Global Fiber Optic Sensors Market revenue is expected to expand at a CAGR of 13.9% from US$ 1.1 Billion in 2020 to reach value of US$ 2.8 Billion by 2027 over the forecast period. The rise in the value of market has resulted due Widespread implementation of 5G, rise in adoption of fiber to the home (FTTH) connectivity, and high adoption of internet of things (IoT) are the major drivers of the global optical fiber market.

Optical fiber sensors can have Interferometric Sensors, Grating-Based Sensors, Distributed Sensors. They can be made up from materials such as plastic or glass fibers. The parameters to be measured include refractive index, temperature, strain, current etc. Some of the emerging technology areas are instrusion detection system, security solutions, grating-based sensors and distributed sensors.

Market Segmentation & Size of Optical Fiber Sensor

  • By Technology, Global Fiber Optic Sensors Market is segmentized into Interferometry, Intensity, Polarization, Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG), Raman back-scattering, Fluorescence, Brillouin waves, Doppler Anemometry, Spectroscopy, Waveguides/Specialty Optical Fiber, Optrode and Others.
  • By Application, Global Fiber Optic Sensors Market is segmentized into Manufacturing Process/Factory, Civil Engineering/Construction, Military/Aerospace/Security, Petrochemical/Energy/Utilities/Natural Resources, Biomedical/Science.
  • By Region, the market is segmentized into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America and Middle East & Africa.
  • North America is the dominating region in the Global Surgical Navigation Systems Market.
  • North America holds the largest market share in the global market. Whereas, Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR.
  • The dominance of the North American region can be attributed to the growing adoption of OFC and funds initiated by the government for Fiber Optic Sensors.

Optical Fiber Sensor Innovation in Aircraft Industry

The aircraft positioning system lacks accuracy. The accuracy of satellite positioning is low in terms of altitude. And the airport radar has a blind area in the monitoring of the aircraft (during the takeoff and landing process). Therefore, there is a need to improve the positioning accuracy of airplanes.

An improved airport positioning system based on distributed optical fiber sensors can resolve the problem. The distributed optical fiber vibration measuring device is connected with the optical fiber cable. It is used to measure the vibration information of the airport runway which is analyzed and used to process the aircraft positioning information.

A patent by TANGSHAN SHENZHOU SCIENCE AND TRADE CO, CN212320892U, unveils that an airport positioning system based on distributed optical fiber sensor surveys the vibration condition that shakes the device and detects airport runway through distributed optical fiber through the edge that sets up at the airport runway with sensing optical fiber to detect the aircraft from falling to the ground position information up to the stationary, positioning accuracy is high, has avoided because the accident that the aircraft location is not accurate enough arouses.

Optical Fiber Sensor Innovation in Healthcare Industry

To detect bed-leaving high-risk patients who easily fall down, the pressure/piezoelectric sensors are arranged on the bed body or mattresses. But the sensitivity of the piezoelectric material is reduced over time and also gets affected by rising temperature. Further, the leaving-bed behaviors occur under the condition of monitoring and no monitoring, and the false alarm rate is often too high.

To accurately monitor the bed-leaving judgment, the optical fiber sensor (pressure detection) is installed with the mattress. The difference between the pressure information acquired for monitoring and the non-monitoring condition is compared. And the abnormal bed leaving the trend of a user is monitored.

A patent by PEKING UNIVERSITY SHENZHEN HOSPITAL, CN111413014A, unveils that the bed-leaving judgment the optical fiber sensor (pressure detection) system which is installed with the mattress and the ground mat based on the difference between the pressure information acquired under two different conditions of monitoring and non-monitoring, so that the abnormal bed leaving the trend of a user can be monitored, medical staff is informed to assist in time before the user wants to leave the bed.

Optical Fiber Sensor Innovation in Robotics

Cornell researchers in the Organic Robotics Lab designed a 3D-printed glove lined with stretchable fiber-optic sensors that use light to detect a range of deformations in real-time. The technology of Stretchable Fiber-Optic Sensors is a stretchable fiber optic sensor that can detect sensations such as strain, pressure, and bending, much like human skin. This latest technology uses fiber optic cables which include the sensors that contain elastomeric cores. An LED provides light along with the core and a red-green-blue sensor chip measures changes in the light path along with the core as an indicator of the deformation of the tube.

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Optical Fiber Sensor & Measurement Techniques

Distributed fiber optic sensors are promising techniques for measuring strain, temperature, and vibration over tens of kilometers. The use of an artificial neural network (ANN) is adopted into the distributed fiber sensors for advanced data analytics, fast data processing time, high sensing accuracy, and event classification.

Monitoring of Environment Change

The researchers integrated black phosphorus (BP) nanosheets with etched single-mode fiber (ESMF), which was different from traditional transistor-based BP humidity sensors.

The single-mode fiber was directly coated with BP nanosheets. The light passed through the fiber core and yielded an evanescent wave penetrated into BP coating, leading to a strong light-matter interaction for moisture detection and realizing a highly responsive humidity sensor

Key Players in Optical Fiber Sensor

Start-ups in Optical Fiber Sensor

MULTICORE PHOTONICS, founded in 2015, is a US-based startup that has developed fiber optic sensors and instrumentation for industrial applications. These sensors are more durable, capable, and easier to integrate than other competing optical technologies

LUMOSCRIBE LTD, founded in 2018 is an R&D company located in Cyprus that specializes in the development of custom-made optical fiber sensors, and monolithic fiber lasers, whilst also working on niche optical sensing solutions using Artificial Intelligence.

Mergers and Acquisitions

LUNA made a major announcement: it has acquired OPTASENSE, a recognized market leader in fiber optic distributed monitoring solutions for pipelines, oilfield services, security, highway, and railway monitoring, and power and utilities monitoring systems.

QUARTERHILL announces that it has completed the acquisition of SENSOR LINE GMBH. Which is a pioneer in the field of fiber optic sensors for road and rail traffic applications. The company’s products are recognized globally as leaders in generating traffic monitoring data used to enhance safety, improve mobility, enable enforcement and reduce the environmental impact within transportation networks.

Market Dynamics


The growing adoption of fiber optic sensors in the oil and natural gas industry is expected to drive the growth of the globally distributed fiber optic sensors market. Proactive initiatives are undertaken by the government concerning the adoption of fiber optic sensors


The high cost of products is one of the major challenges faced by the industry. Unpredictable accidents, inaccurate measurement systems, lack of data concerning the safety of miners and laborers, and late diagnostics of hazards and faults are other pressing points.


Lack of awareness regarding fiber optic sensors and high costs are expected to restrain the growth of the globally distributed fiber optic sensors.


There are significant growth opportunities offered by the mining industry. Also, the growing demand for data-based analysis is expected to explode to the conducive growth opportunities for market players.

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