The gas sensing market is driven mainly due to the advancements in embedded electronics, and sensor technology. The increase in hazardous gas sensors emission has led to the implementation of several government legislations, recently. Carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxide sensing devices are the widely used gas sensors, for the detection of hazardous gases. With the increasing incidence of industrial accidents, more importance is being given to the continuous monitoring of the concentration of the harmful substances, in industrial environments to avoid any disaster. The demand for gas sensing devices in industries, such as process and manufacturing is increasing, and expected to grow further, during the forecast period, along with the ongoing industrialization, in the developing countries. The use of wireless gas sensor is one of the remarkable trends in the market, since wireless gas sensors offer installation, performance, and cost benefits over its conventional counterparts.
Based on the type, the global gas sensor market can be broadly classified, as carbon dioxide sensor, oxygen sensor, nitrogen oxide sensor, carbon monoxide sensors, and others. Based on technology, the global gas sensor market can be broadly classified as, semiconductor, electromechanical, solid state, photoionization detector (PID), infrared, catalytic, and others. On the basis of various end users, the global gas sensor market can be broadly classified, as medical, environmental, building automation & domestic appliances, automotive, petrochemical, industrial, and others.
Industrial segment accounted for the largest usage of gas sensors, in 2014.The segment is also expected to retain its dominance, during the forecast period. Government regulations towards occupational health hazards, along with the safety and security of workers, are likely to be the major driving factors of this segment.
Infrared gas sensing technology is widely used for the detection and measurement of various gases including, carbon dioxide, methane; while volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as benzene, acetylene, butane, and others. Infrared gas sensors are high in cost, as compared to electromechanical gas sensors. The large product life cycle of infrared gas sensors, owing to its chemical inertness, is expected to boost its demand, during the forecast period. Gas sensor in medical industry is primarily used for the detection of VOCs. They are also used in the monitoring of oxygen levels and anesthesia gas, in ventilators and incubators. In addition, gas sensors are also used for the carbon monoxide detection, in lung function test.