Sensor technology is making rapid progress, opening up many options for innovations. The autonomously driving car is one of these, and in the maritime world sensor technology has also become a key technology. The technology used there for years is now trickling through in the automotive industry. A good example is the new LIDAR systems (Light Detection And Ranging or Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging). This technology can be compared with radar technology that has been used for ages in the maritime world.
In sports too sensors are applied more and more frequently. They are built into the helmets of American football players. These detect a concussion after a rough incident earlier than the player himself. This allows the teams to withdraw players from the field in time to prevent long-term brain damage. Sensors are also used in soccer. The soccer ball is equipped with a sensor, so that it becomes much easier to determine whether the ball is out or not. Still, the use of sensors here can and will reach a higher level in the future. More possibilities could be imagined, such as nano sensors on the skin of an athlete measuring perspiration and other bodily functions in real-time.
Sensor technology will make our lives easier, safer and more pleasant. Cars, buses and lorries equipped with the LIDAR system can make sure that inner cities will no longer become congested. If you link LIDAR to Artificial Intelligence an optimum flow of traffic in a city can be achieved.
For the maritime world sensors are quite a common thing. Oil tankers and cruise ships are stuffed with smart technology. Fibre optics cables, measuring tools, sensors, etc. are crucial components of every vessel on the water. That is why accidents at sea are a rare occurrence. The integration of all technological knowhow that is now available has created this situation.
Sensors will become the new eyes for mankind. Today they already help to make our lives safer, simpler and more pleasant. In the future the application of sensor technology will offer ever bigger challenges to those working in the electronic interconnect industry. With the right strategic partners this industry will be able to face these challenges.