Sensors and Instrumentation

The last 10 years have strongly demonstrated the degree of impact and value sensing technologies play in everyday lives with their exponential use in consumer devices and beyond. Internet of Things (IoT), a major current trend, fundamentally relies on widespread proliferation of devices with one or many types of sensors. Through our continuous tracking and monitoring of both technology and product developments, the cluster is uniquely positioned to analyze and predict technology and market trends, identify challenges and opportunities for companies in different geographies and industries, and provide continuous cutting-edge insights.

Domain Expertise


Sensor Fusion

Ubiquitous Wireless Sensors


Touchless Sensing

Smart Sensors

CBRNE Detection

Energy Harvesting

Key Research Focus Areas

Advanced/Smart/Intelligent Monitoring & Control

  • Wearable Sensors – Sensors, Wireless Communications, Touch Sensors, Integrated Senors with enhanced sensing and signal processing.
  • Touchless Sensing
  • Quantified Self

Ubiquitous Sensing

  • Wireless Sensors and Control – Reduced Power Consumption;
  • Ease of Network Integration
  • Sensor Fusion

Highly Sensitive, Miniaturized Sensors

  • Nanosensors-CNTS, nanomaterials
  • Nanofabrications Technology
  • MEMS Sensors

Industrial Automation

  • 3D Machine Vision – Vision Sensor
  • Energy Harvesting – Machine Vibrations, Thermal Energy; Harvesting Electromagnetic fields for transmission line monitoring
  • M2M

Low Power Sensors

  • Energy Harvesting
  • Sensor Networks

Enhanced Security

  • Handheld CBRNE Detectors; Stand-Off Detection
  • THz Technology, Lidar, Nanosensors
  • Smart Sensors – Home Automation

Value Proposition

Key Questions of Clients


Whom should I partner with?


What is the National Roadmap and what are the best practices adopted by other countries?


What are the R&D areas I should focus on?


What is the opportunity for the technology in 5 to 10 years?


What are the attractive markets for my technology?


What are the technologies I should invest in?


Who are my competitors and what are they doing unique?


Which region should I gain entry?

Engagement Types

  • Assessment of R&D portfolio
  • R&D management
  • IP Consulting
  • Technology investment Opportunities
    • Evaluation of funding initiatives
    • Merger and acquisition opportunities
    • Identification of strategic alliance partners
  • Technology Roadmap
  • Market Opportunity analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Evaluation of nation innovation indicators and country’s best practices
  • Technology and patent valuation
  • Business model innovation

Case Studies

A Start-up Firm

Market Entry Strategy for a Start-Up Firm

The Challenge

A start-up opical sensors’ company intended to explore potential opportunities of multi-point optical pressure sensors for oil and gas industry to devise suitable plans for market entry.

Project Objectives

  • Identification of key unmet needs worldwide, with regard to multipoint in-well optical pressure sensors (fiber optic sensors) for the oil industry.
  • Evaluation of promising application segments and key unmet needs for the company to target and explore.
  • Analysis of global market potential (to build a business case for fiber optic pressure sensors in the oil industry), time-to-market issues, key players(including developers and providers), and competing solutions in the mentioned application sector.

Our Approach and Work

  • Frost & Sullivan adopted a top-down approach to quantify the total market for the optical sensors segment.
  • We conducted a stakeholder and market opportunity analysis as well as demand analysis to understand the degree of competition and opportunities for penetration.

Outcome and Business Impact

Frost & Sullivan’s strategic recommendations covering assessment of potential opportunities for multipoint, in-well pressure measurements systems, unmet needs of fiber optic pressure sensors in the identified application domain, limitations of conventional technologies, other potentials markets, and global market size of the identified market for the company to target, enabled the client to formulate appropriate market entry plans.

A Government Agency

Technology Assessment & Market Analysis

The Challenge

Inductive wireless power transmission has reached maturity phase and commercial products have hit the shelves. The object was to assess the potential of an alternative technology by evaluating the technology and market landscape of wireless power transmission technology.

Project Objectives

  • Assess the commerical success of technology.
  • Provide market projection for the mentioned technology.
  • Evaluate patent landscape.

Our Approach and Work

  • Patent analysis was conducted to identify organizations with similar technology profiles that were suggested as potential partners in developing a technological ecosystem.
  • We had also identified key collaborations within the technology space, to understand the degree of entry barrier imposed by near-term technological commitments.
  • We networked with wireless power transmission organizations to identify the technology challenges, as well as progress made in the areas where the alternative technology claims to address.
  • We had adopted a top-down approach to predict possible markets and had developed a model to identify the addressable market. We had also suggested potential buyers and technology development partners for the technology.

Outcome and Business Impact

Strategic recommendations covering market sizing, scenario analysis, technology capability, and market needs were provided to the client; the findings enable the client to assess attractive applications and potential partners to formulate plans for technology development and commercialization.

A Major Space Agency

Technology Assessment for a Major Space Agency

The Challenge

Intergovernmental space agency dedicated to the human spaceflight and unmanned exploration missions intended to analyze the trends and needs of space industry with regard to data exchange between different software used in space systems development.

Project Objectives

Assess the trends in the undstry through exhaustive network of European space agency/industry participants.

Our Approach and Work

Frost & Sullivan analyzed the current status of the tools and data used in the engineering processes and procured information on “Best Practices and Procedures” for product data exchange in space systems engineering processes and demonstration examples by utilizing the network of key European space agency/industry participants.

Outcome and Business Impact

Frost & Sullivan’s strategic recommendations were used by the client to develop a Space System Engineering Data Exchange Chart which includes guidelines for data sharing between the client and its partners.

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