The Uncooled Infrared Imaging Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.26% with uncooled IR imagers having reached a level of sensibility that was previously only possible with cooled IR imagers through improved development and manufacturing processes using microsystem technology.
- With the growing portfolio of inexpensive uncooled IR imagers, in addition to the classic applications, many other fields of application have also opened up. The original application for IR imagers started in the military sector where it is used for target recognition in darkness or poor visibility.
- While cooled systems continue to find increasing applications in the military sector, the growing popularity of the uncooled systems can be attributed to their compact design and energy-efficient and low-maintenance operation.
- The civil sector is dominated mainly by uncooled infrared imaging systems. In the automotive industry, they are used in emerging applications like driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. Uncooled Infrared Imaging systems offer safe, reliable, and continuous detection of the environment, people and animals, especially in low visibility conditions.
Scope of the Report
In an uncooled infrared imaging camera, the infrared-detecting elements are put in a unit that can operate at room temperature. Uncooled Infrared Cameras work on the principle of detection of the change in resistance, voltage, or current of material when heated. The major components of imaging technology include the core, detectors, and the pixels of the camera.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Application in Automotive Sector will Foster Growth
- Autonomous vehicles use sensors in conjunction with imaging technologies to control driving functions. The information picked up by the thermal imaging systems of the vehicles is fed into the vehicle’s control system, interpreted, and used to put the vehicle through its paces safely.
- Incidents like last year’s Uber accident in Arizona show the challenges persistent for AV systems to “see” and react to pedestrians in every condition, especially in inclement weather like thick fog or blinding sun glare. Real scenarios like these open up new avenues for thermal cameras that are the most effective in quickly identifying and classifying potential hazards to help the vehicle react accordingly.
- FLIR’s Boson thermal camera that features a 12-µm pitch vanadium oxide (VOx) uncooled detector has been launched to avoid above incidents. This device is paired with machine-learning algorithms for object classification, with the ADK providing critical data from the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to improve the decision making of AVs.
- BMW recently introduced a driver assist feature to help drivers see better at night. BMW opted for thermal imaging cameras equipped with Vanadium Oxide detectors for driver vision enhancement system This option is available on selected BMW 7-, 6- and 5-series models.
- In addition to these applications, FLIR Systems recently published a white paper outlining the role of new Infrared (IR) camera technologies to address the difficulties of high-speed automotive testing. Infrared cameras with uncooled detectors are capable of measuring temperature accurately at extreme high speeds, the paper adds.
North America will Continue to Dominate the Market
- Most of the major players of the supply chain in the United States, like FLIR Systems, have solved the issues of the mass-production of thermal sensors. The company produced nearly two million units in the last few years alone for the Lepton thermal camera, having produced.
- The Domestic Industry in the United States has been setting benchmarks that will eventually ramp up production on a global scale. Further, FLIR has now delivered more than 500,000 automotive-qualified thermal sensors through its tier-one auto supplier for nighttime detection systems on luxury automobiles.
- The North American region has been leading through innovation in the Autonomous Vehicle Space. Waymo (Google) that has been testing its version of the AV has now logged more than 2.3 million miles in California. In Arizona, more than 600 self-driving vehicles are already plying on the state’s roads.
- The defense industry remains the most important consumer of uncooled infrared imaging systems. Backed by the highest defense budget in the world, the US military is expected to continue to drive the growth of the infrared imaging industry. The US Military has a firm focus on the development of Vanadium Oxide technology. All thermal imaging equipment used by militaries across the world uses uncooled detectors.
The Uncooled Thermal Imaging market is highly competitive. The market is expected to put forth impressive volumes in the near future due to the wide range of commercial applications that the products like imagers have. Some of the recent developments in the market are as follows: -
- June 2019 - Sofradir and its subsidiary ULIS, announced their merger to form a new company named Lynred. Lynred has been created to offer all-inclusive infrared (IR) product to the rising demands from the global aerospace, defense, industrial and consumer markets.
- February 2019 - FLIR Systems, Inc. launched FLIR GF77 Gas Find IR, the first uncooled thermal camera designed to detect methane leaks at natural gas power plants, renewable energy facilities, industrial set-ups, and multiple other locations along a natural gas supply chain.
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