Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the engineering sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising optical fiber sensor solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top Optical Fiber Sensor Startups
For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 92 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Com & Sens – Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors
Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors mitigate the difficulties of monitoring temperature, strain, pressure, and acoustic waves in civil and industrial engineering. The main benefit of FBG sensors implies wavelength-encoding of measured data, or, in other words, self-referencing and independency in terms of light levels variations and optical noise. Belgian startup Com & Sens creates and implements FBG sensors networks for tough industrial environments of steel, asphalt, concrete, and composites. The startup equips asset managers and building companies with tools that monitor the structural health and daily status of their objects.
Kraken Robotics – Interferometric Sensors
Optical interferometry utilizes fiber optic and laser technologies to keep track of industrial equipment faults, vibration patterns, and topography of various surfaces. Thanks to high precision sensitivity up to nanometers, interferometric sensors manipulate light beams intensity and require no physical contact with the monitored objects. Canadian startup Kraken Robotics designs and develops Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) interferometric sensors for underwater vehicles. They ensure high-resolution monitoring of bathymetric data and provide precise imaging of seabeds.
IRnova – Polarimetric Sensors
Polarimetric sensors solve the problems of measuring pressure, strain, and stress in conditions of industrial and structural health monitoring through light polarization. Besides, they use highly birefringent fiber to operate at visible and infrared wavelengths, as well as better detect an external physical influence. Swedish startup IRnova develops Garm LW Pol, a longwave infrared polarimetric detector for oil spill identification, industrial thermography, and military applications, etc. The solution possesses high sensitivity, which assists in configuring different polarization angles and sensing even small changes.
Spectral Engines – Fabry-Perot Sensors
Fabry-Perot sensors create an optical cavity to monitor challenging environments (gas and liquid pressure in engines and pumps, strain in civil engineering structures). Among the benefits – resistance and durability at high temperatures due to self-compensation, as well as remote measurement capabilities over long distances. Finnish startup Spectral Engines produces its small, modular and portable NIRONE sensor products for industrial and consumer measurement applications. The startup combines near-infrared spectrometry with micro-electro-mechanical Fabry-Perot material sensing technology.
What About The Other 88 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 92 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.