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EP&T: Proliferation of IoT drives greater diversity in sensors

Applications diversify with trends in health & safety, miniaturization, fusion & digitization, AI

October 1, 2020  by EP&T

Laird Sentrius RS1xx industrial humidity sensor.
PHOTO: Laird Connectivity

With the proliferation of IoT, the need for a greater diversity of sensors has exploded across all industries. At Digi-Key we’ve seen firsthand how this demand has skyrocketed. As a component distributor, we sell more than 60-million sensors each year, and have more than 130,000-part numbers available, and counting. Temperature sensors are by far the most popular, followed by accelerometers, driven by the popularity of activity tracking IoT devices. Environmental sensors are third, focusing on sensors measuring pressure and humidity.

In addition to demand, we can expect sensor and sensor applications to continue to diversify as new trends in health and safety, miniaturization, fusion and digitization, and artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to emerge.

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