61 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World

Smart Cities

The global Smart Cities market is projected to reach $1,56 trillion by 2020. – Frost & Sullivan

Smart Enviroment

It is estimated that up to 12,6 million people die each year across the globe, prematurely, due to pollution exposure in cities. – World Health Organization

Smart Water

The use of Smart Water Management technologies can help save more than $12 billion in revenues annually for Utilities worldwide. – Technavio

Smart Metering

European Union mandates that 100% of European households have smart metering capabilities by 2022.

Security & Emergencies

Nuclear energy covers 16% of the planet energy needs. – World Nuclear Association

Retail

By 2020, retailers worldwide will spend $2,5 billion on IoT-related technology, which includes beacons, RFID tags, and other types of sensors. – Juniper Research

Logistics

More than 70% of worldwide transport companies are looking for IoT to provide timely and accurate location information.

Industry 4.0

Investments in greater digitisation and support for enterprise-wide integration are predicted to increase with 118% globally by 2020 in support of Industry 4.0. – Constellation Research

Smart Agriculture

By 2050, worldwide food production should increase by 70% to feed 9,6 billion people. – Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN

Smart Animal Farming

The CH4 emissions from animal farming in the U.S. have increased a 17% during the past decade. – U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

Domestic and Home Automation

European Union homes should cut energy consumption by 20% by 2020 according to Kyoto Protocol.

E-health with Mysignals

Self-healthcare monitoring technology could save $3 billion annually to public health services in avoidable hospital admissions and fewer demands on primary care. – CSIRO

SMART CITIES

01 Smart Parking | Monitoring of parking spaces available in the city.

02 Structural health | Monitoring of vibrations and material conditions in buildings, bridges and historical monuments.

03 Noise Urban Maps | Sound monitoring in bar areas and centric zones in real time.

04 Smartphone Detection | Detect iPhone and Android devices and in general any device which works with WiFi or Bluetooth interfaces.

05 Electromagnetic Field Levels | Measurement of the energy radiated by cell stations and WiFi routers.

06 Traffic Congestion | Monitoring of vehicles and pedestrian levels to optimise driving and walking routes.

07 Smart Lighting | Intelligent and weather adaptive lighting in street lights.

08 Waste Management | Detection of rubbish levels in containers to optimise the trash collection routes.

09 Smart Roads | Intelligent Highways with warning messages and diversions according to climate conditions and unexpected events like accidents or traffic jams.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Smart Parking

Smart Parking

Magnetic field

Structural Health

Smart Cities

Crack detection, crack propagation, accelerometer, linear displacement

Noise Urban Maps

Smart Cities

Microphone (dBSPLA)

Smartphones Detection

Meshlium Scanner

Wifi and Bluetooth radio scanner

Electromagnetic Field Levels

Electromagnetic Field Sensor Board

Electromagnetic field sensor

Traffic Congestion

Smart Parking

Magnetic field

Smart Lighting

Events/Actuation

Light sensor (LDR), actuator relay

Waste Management

Smart Cities

Ultrasound sensor (measure capacity)

Smart Roads

Smart Parking/Events

Magnetic field, crack sensor, water and ice detection sensors

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SMART ENVIRONMENT

10 Forest Fire Detection | Monitoring of combustion gases and preemptive fire conditions to define alert zones.

11 Air Pollution | Control of CO2 emissions of factories, pollution emitted by cars and toxic gases generated by farms.

12 Snow Level Metering | Snow level measurement to know in real time the quality of ski tracks and allow security corps avalanche prevention.

13 Earthquake Early Detection | Distributed control in specific places of tremors.

14 Landslide and Avalanche Prevention | Monitoring of soil moisture, vibrations and earth density to detect dangerous patterns in land conditions.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Forest Fire Detection

Gases

CO, CO2, temperature, humidity

Air Pollution

Gases

NO2, SH2, CO, CO2, Hydrocarbons, Methane (CH4)

Snow Level Monitoring

Smart Metering/Smart Cities

Ultrasounds

Landslide and Avalanche Prevention

Smart Cities/Agriculture

Crack detection, crack propagation, accelerometer, linear displacement, soil moisture

Earthquake Early Detection

Any

Accelerometer

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SMART WATER

15 Potable water monitoring | Monitor the quality of tap water in cities.

16 Chemical leakage detection in rivers | Detect leakages and wastes of factories in rivers.

17 Swimming pool remote measurement Control remotely the swimming pool conditions.

18 Pollution levels in the sea Control realtime leakages and wastes in the sea.

19 Water Leakages Detection of liquid presence outside tanks and pressure variations along pipes.

20 River Floods Monitoring of water level variations in rivers, dams and reservoirs.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Potable water monitoring

Smart Water

pH, ORP, Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Nitrates, Phosphates

Chemical leakage detection in rivers

Smart Water

Extreme pH values signal chemical spills, Dissolved Oxygen (DO)

Swimming pool remote measurement

Smart Water

pH, Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP)

Pollution levels in the sea

Smart Water

Temperature, Conductivity (Salinity), pH, Dissolved Oxygen (DO) and Nitrates

Water Leakages

Smart Metering

Liquid flow sensor

River Floods

Events

Level sensor (switch), ultrasound sensor

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SMART METERING

21 Smart Grid | Energy consumption monitoring and management.

22 Tank Level Monitoring of water, oil and gas levels in storage tanks and cisterns.

23 Photovoltaic Installations Monitoring and optimization of performance in solar energy plants.

24 Water Flow | Measurement of water pressure in water transportation systems.

25 Silos Stock Calculation Measurement of emptiness level and weight of the goods.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Smart Grid

Smart Metering

Current and voltage sensors

Tank Level

Smart Metering/Events

Level sensor (switch), ultrasound sensor (capacity measurement)

Photovoltaic Installations

Smart Metering

Current and voltage sensors

Water Flow

Smart Metering

Liquid flow sensor

Silos Stock Calculation

Smart Metering

Ultrasound sensor (capacity measurement), load cells

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SECURITY AND EMERGENCIES

26 Perimeter Access Control Access control to restricted areas and detection of people in non-authorized areas.

27 Liquid Presence Liquid detection in data centres, warehouses and sensitive building grounds to prevent break downs and corrosion.

28 Radiation Levels Distributed measurement of radiation levels in nuclear power stations surroundings to generate leakage alerts.

29 Explosive and Hazardous Gases Detection of gas levels and leakages in industrial environments, surroundings of chemical factories and inside mines.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Perimeter Access Control

Events

PIR (infrared), hall effect (windows, doors), RFID and NFC tags

Liquid Presence

Events

Water detection sensor

Radiation Levels

Radiation/Agriculture

Geiger Muller tube (Beta and Gamma) [ β, γ ], ultraviolet sensor (UVA, UVB)

Explosive and Hazardous Gases

Events

O2, H2, CH4, Isobutane, Ethanol

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RETAIL

30 Supply Chain Control | Monitoring of storage conditions along the supply chain and product tracking for traceability purposes.

31 NFC Payment Payment processing based on location or activity duration for public transport, gyms, theme parks, etc.

32 Intelligent Shopping Application Getting advice at the point of sale according to customer habits, preferences, the presence of allergic components for them or expiring dates.

33 Smart Product Management Control of rotation of products in shelves and warehouses to automate restocking processes.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Supply Chain Control

Any

RFID and NFC tags

NFC Payment

Any

RFID and NFC tags

Intelligent Shopping Application

Any

RFID and NFC tags

Smart Product Management

Smart Metering

Weight sensor (load cell), RFID and NFC tags

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LOGISTICS

34 Quality of Shipment Conditions | Monitoring of vibrations, strokes, container openings or cold chain maintenance for insurance purposes.

35 Item Location |Search of individual items in big surfaces like warehouses or harbours.

36 Storage Incompatibility Detection | Warning emission on containers storing inflammable goods closed to others containing explosive material.

37 Fleet Tracking | Control of routes followed for delicate goods like medical drugs, jewels or dangerous merchandises.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Quality of Shipment Conditions

Events

Light, temperature, humidity, impact, vibrations, accelerometer

Item Location

Any

RFID and NFC tags

Storage Incompatibility Detection

Gases/Events

O2, H2, CH4, Isobutane, Ethanol, RFID and NFC tags

Fleet Tracking

Any

GPS

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INDUSTRIAL CONTROL

38 M2M Applications Machine auto-diagnosis and assets control.

39 Indoor Air Quality | Monitoring of toxic gas and oxygen levels inside chemical plants to ensure workers and goods safety.

40 Temperature Monitoring | Control of temperature inside industrial and medical fridges with sensitive merchandise.

41 Ozone Presence Monitoring of ozone levels during the drying meat process in food factories.

42 Indoor Location | Asset indoor location by using active (ZigBee) and passive tags (RFID/NFC).

43 Vehicle Auto-diagnosis Information collection from CANbus to send real time alarms to emergencies or provide advice to drivers.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

M2M Applications

Events

Voltaje, vibration, accelerometer, current

Indoor Air Quality

Gases

CO, CO2, NH3, NO2, SH2, O3

Temperature Monitoring

Events

Temperature, humidity, pressure

Ozone Presence

Gases

Ozone (O3)

Indoor Location

Any

Passive tags (RFID+NFC) + Active tags (ZigBee, Wifi, Bluetooth)

Vehicle Auto-diagnosis

Events

Voltaje, vibration, accelerometer, current

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SMART AGRICULTURE

44 Wine Quality Enhancing | Monitoring soil moisture and trunk diameter in vineyards to control the amount of sugar in grapes and grapevine health.

45 Green Houses Control micro-climate conditions to maximize the production of fruits and vegetables and its quality.

46 Golf Courses | Selective irrigation in dry zones to reduce the water resources required in the green.

47 Meteorological Station Network | Study of weather conditions in fields to forecast ice formation, rain, drought, snow or wind changes.

48 Compost Control of humidity and temperature levels in alfalfa, hay, straw, etc. to prevent fungus and other microbial contaminants.

49 Hydroponics Control the exact conditions of plants grown in water to get the highest efficiency crops.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Wine Quality Enhancing

Agriculture

Soil temperature/moisture, leaf wetness, atmospheric pressure, solar radiation (PAR), trunk diameter

Green Houses

Agriculture

Soil temperature/moisture, leaf wetness, atmospheric pressure, solar radiation (PAR), trunk diameter

Golf Courses

Agriculture

Soil moisture

Meteorological Station Network

Agriculture

Anemometer, wind vane, pluviometer

Compost

Agriculture

Humidity, soil moisture, soil temperature

Hydroponics

Agriculture/Smart Water

pH, water conductivity, dissolved ions, air temperature, air humidity

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SMART ANIMAL FARMING

50 Offspring Care | Control of growing conditions of the offspring in animal farms to ensure its survival and health.

51 Animal Tracking Location and identification of animals grazing in open pastures or location in big stables.

52 Toxic Gas Levels Study of ventilation and air quality in farms and detection of harmful gases from excrements.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Offspring Care

Gases

CH4, SH2, NH3, temperature, humidity

Animal Tracking

Any

Passive tags (RFID+NFC) + Active tags (ZigBee, Wifi, Bluetooth)

Toxic Gas Levels

Gases

CH4, SH2, NH3, temperature, humidity

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DOMESTIC AND HOME AUTOMATION

53 Energy and Water Use Energy and water supply consumption monitoring to obtain advice on how to save cost and resources.

54 Remote Control Appliances Switching on and off remotely appliances to avoid accidents and save energy.

55 Intrusion Detection Systems Detection of windows and doors openings and violations to prevent intruders.

56 Art and Goods Preservation Monitoring of conditions inside museums and art warehouses.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Energy and Water Use

Smart Metering

Current and voltage sensors, liquid flow sensor

Remote Control Appliances

Events/Actuation

Actuator relay

Intrusion Detection Systems

Events

PIR (infrared), hall effect (windows, doors)

Art and Goods Preservation

Gases

Temperature, humidity, pressure, O2

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E-HEALTH WITH MYSIGNALS

57 Fall Detection | Assistance for elderly or disabled people living independently.

58 Medical Fridges Control of conditions inside freezers storing vaccines, medicines and organic elements.

59 Sportsmen Care Vital signs monitoring in high-performance centres and fields.

60 Patients Surveillance Monitoring of conditions of patients inside hospitals and in old people’s home.

61 Ultraviolet Radiation Measurement of UV sun rays to warn people not to be exposed during certain hours.

Application 

Sensor Board Sensors integrated

Fall Detection

Any

Accelerometer

Medical Fridges

Events

Light, temperature, humidity, impact, vibrations, accelerometer

Sportsmen Care

eHealth

ECG, pulse, accelerometer, respiration

Patients Surveillance

eHealth

ECG, pulse, accelerometer, respiration

Ultraviolet Radiation

Agriculture

Ultraviolet sensor (UVA, UVB)

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