What's New in Sensors?

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review | Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Rachel Smith, Applied Technology Review

The usage of sensors increases as it can be fit almost anywhere in a consumer device that identifies any motion. 

FREMONT, CA: A sensor is a device or a module that enables companies to identify events or changes in the environment and share that information with other electronic devices connected to it.

The shift to smarter sensors

A sensor is an input device that receives a signal or stimulus and responds to it. Many sensing elements and read-out circuitry are now combined into a single silicon chip, allowing for high precision and multiple functions.

Signal processing and conversion were done by manufacturers using both modern technology and processes. More features, such as user-friendliness, usability, and versatility, have been introduced to current sensors. As a result, the sensor industry is experiencing a paradigm shift as new technologies are implemented to make sensors smarter and more intelligent.

To communicate with one another or with microcontrollers (MCUs), intelligent sensors use the standard bus or wireless network interfaces. The network interface simplifies data transmission while still allowing the system to evolve. Sensor faults can be diagnosed, and users can be directed to troubleshoot them remotely over a computer network by manufacturers.

An intelligent sensor could be composed of a series of analog and digital blocks, each with its feature. Sensor reliability and measurement accuracy are enhanced by data processing and analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) features.

Common types of latest sensors

IoT sensors

Temperature sensors, proximity sensors, pressure sensors, RF sensors, pyroelectric IR sensors, water-quality sensors, chemical sensors, smoke sensors, gas sensors, liquid-level sensors, vehicle sensors, and medical sensors are examples of the Internet of Things sensors. For monitoring and control purposes, these new sensors are connected to a computer network.

Pollution sensors

The presence of air pollution in the local area is detected and tracked using air pollution sensors. These are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Even though there are several different air pollution sensors, most of them focus on five parameters: particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide. These sensors are expensive, but they are becoming more affordable for daily use.

RFID sensors

RFID chips are as tiny as rice grains and can be implanted directly under the skin to be used as ID cards. RFID chips are increasingly being used in several items, including contactless bank cards and Oyster cards. Chips have also been implanted in pets and cattle for tracking purposes.

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