Sensors and Sensitivity - The need for smart environmental sensing technology

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Courtesy of G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH

With the rapid increase in technology, environmental sensors are required to perform for a multitude of systems and must also comply with the Internet of Things.

Over the past 100 years, environmental sensors have mainly been used to forecast the weather. Over the past 10 years, these sensing technologies have spread tremendously and now help to optimize many industrial processes; important examples of these include renewable energy (sun and wind), building automation, high-speed train management and driverless cars. All of them – and this is crucial – require environmental sensors with features that are very different from those of traditional weather sensors. Precision was the main requirement of weather observation networks in the past, but what about survivability and long-term stability as well as maintenance-free operation? These are more industrial ways of thinking, and recently helped to provide sensors for public infrastructure projects.

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