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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.1, January 2013

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1.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.148, Issue 1, January 2013

2.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

3.   New Sensors Related Published Books

4.   Sensors Related Events

5.   Global Capacitive Sensors Market (2013 - 2018)

6.   Global Level Sensors Market worth $ 4084 Million by 2018

7.   Subscription

8.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


Plus lots more information to be found on Sensors Web Portal: http://www.sensorsportal.com


Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal and Magazine (e-Digest),
Vol. 148, No. 1, January 2013


Research Articles:


1) Low Value Capacitance Measurements for Capacitive Sensors – A Review

    Prabhu Ramanathan, Sudha Ramasamy, Prateek Jain, Hardik Nagrecha, Saurav Paul, P. Arulmozhivarman, Rao Tatavarti, pp.1-10

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


2) Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Switches for Radio Frequency Applications - A Review

    Ashish Kumar Sharma, Navneet Gupta, pp.11-21

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


3) Measurement of Transient Surface Temperature of Conductive Solid Using Thermocouples with Different Junctions

    Zhiqiang Sun, Yu Chen, Xing Chen, pp.22-27

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


4) Optical Force Sensor for the DEXMART Hand Twisted String Actuation System

    Gianluca Palli and Salvatore Pirozzi, pp.28-32

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


5) Ultrasonic Tomography Imaging for Liquid-Gas Flow Measurement

    Muhammad Jaysuman Pusppanathan, Nor Muzakkir Nor Ayob, Fazlul Rahman Yunus, Khairul Hamimah Abas, Herlina Abdul Rahim, Leo Pei Ling,
    Ruzairi Abdul Rahim, Fatin Aliah Phang,Mohd Hafiz Fazalul Rahiman, Zulkarnay Zakaria, pp.33-39

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


6) Development of Ethernet Based Remote Monitoring and Controlling of MST Radar Transmitters using ARM Cortex Microcontroller

     Lakshmi Narayana Roshanna, Nagabhushan Raju Konduru, Rajendra Prasad Thommundru, Chandrasekhar Reddy Devanna, Chaitanya Pavan Kanchisamudram,

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


7) A Portable Spectrophotometer for Water Quality Analysis

    Xiaomin Zhang, Yanjun Fang, Youquan Zhao, pp.47-51

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


8) MATLAB Graphical User Interface based Fuzzy Logic Controllers for Liquid Level Control System

    Immanuel J., Parvathi C. S., L. Shrimanth Sudheer and P. Bhaskar, pp.52-59

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


9) Method and Device for Image Coding & Transferring Based on Residue Number System

    Su Jun, Vasyl Yatskiv, pp.60-65

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


10) Estimation of Emissivity with the Help of an Infrared Camera

     B. Chakraborty and B. K. Sinha, pp.66-71

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


11) Simple and Robust Multipoint Data Acquisition Bus Built on Top of the Standard RS232 Interface

      Alexey Pavluchenko, Alexander Kukla, Sergey Lozovoy, pp.72-82

      [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


12) Optimizing Micro-scale Thermoelectric Model using Finite Element Method

      Divya Jatain, Ajay Agarwal, Manoj Kumar, pp.83-88

      [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


13) A Portable Colloidal Gold Strip Sensor for Clenbuterol and Ractopamine using Image Processing Technology

     Yi Guo, Feng He, Youquan Zhao, Yanjun Fang, Zhuge Xi, pp.89-94

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


14) Multicomponent Liquids’ Research

     Petro Stolyarchuk, Maryna Mikhalieva, Vasyl Yatsuk, Yevhen Pokhodylo, Olena Basalkevych, pp.95-99

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]



Products News:

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 Bullet Sensors Web Portal Up-Date Briefs



  • New issue of Sensors & Transducers e-Digest, Vol.148, Issue 1, 2013 is in the DIGEST section with business and products news

  • Sensor Devices and Wireless Sensor Networks, Sensors & Transducers, Vol.18, Special Issue, January 2013. Selected papers from the 3rd International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications (SENSORDEVICES' 2012) and The 6th International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM' 2012), 19-24 August 2012, Rome, Italy

  • Quantum Dot Sensors: Technology and Commercial Applications - a new book published by Pan Stanford Publishing begins by detailing the range of methods currently used for the preparation and passivation of core/core–shell quantum dots and follows with a discussion on their electrochemical properties and potential toxicity

  • Chemical Sensors and Biosensors - a recently published book from Wiley-ISTE contains theoretical and technological aspects concerning studies and developments of chemical sensors, biosensors and biochips


Bullet New Sensors Related Published Books



Chemical Sensors and Biosensors

by Rene Lalauze


Quantum Dot Sensors: Technology and Commercial Applications

by John Callan and Françisco M. Raymo


 Chemical Sensors and Biosensors book's cover

Publisher: Wiley-ISTE

Hardcover: 249 pages

Pubdate: 22 January 2012

ISBN: 978-1-84821-403-3


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 Quantum Dot Sensors book's cover

Publisher: Pan Stanford Publishing

Hardcower: 230 pages

Pubdate: 24 January 2013

ISBN: 9814316008


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For more sensors books please visit our IFSA Publishing web page and Online Bookstore



Bullet Sensors Related Events


I. The 4th International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications (SENSORDEVICES' 2013), 25-31 August 2013, Barcelona, Spain


10 Top Reasons to visit it:


1)  Interdisciplinary conference collocated with other related conferences from NetWare IARIA conference umbrella

2)  Work in Progress and Research Ideas Tracks

3)  Oral or Poster Presentation ? Both !

4)  Three Publications during One Year: Paper, Article and Book Chapter.

5)  Attendees from Academia and Industry

6)  Tutorials, Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions

7)  Excellent Location and Time

8)  Social Program and Conference Tour

9)  Awards and IARIA Fellowship

10) Friendly and Professional Staff


Deadline for paper: 30 March 2013


For more details please read a full page article: '10 Top Reasons to Include SENSORDEVICES Conference in your Calendar of Events', Sensors & Transducers, Vol.18, Special Issue, January 2013, pp. 1-4 and visit the conference's web site: http://www.iaria.org/conferences2013/SENSORDEVICES13.html






II. Smart Sensors and Systems Design (SSSD' 2013) - A Two-day Advanced Engineering Course, 14-15 June 2013, Barcelona, Spain

If you are going to visit The 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems & Eurosensor XXVII, 16-20 June in 2012 Barcelona, Spain it will be really a good idea to come for two days early and attend our two-day advanced engineering course on 'Smart Sensors and Systems Design (SSSD' 2013)'. The course is especially scheduled before this conference.


Deadline for Registration: 7 June 2013


For more details, please <click here>



III. Image Sensors Conference IS2013, The leading commercial image sensor forum
     19-21 March 2013, Park Plaza Victoria, London, UK




The agenda for the 2013 Image Sensors conference has been finalised.

This year’s full agenda for the two day IS2013 has been released. Image Sensors attracts a wide range of companies from across the digital imaging supply chain. From end users in all the main applications to camera system suppliers, sensor design houses and technology developers, optics suppliers, chip foundries, as well as testing, calibration and other peripheral services.
The programme includes 14 brand new speakers, including:

  • Dr Howard E Rhodes, Chief Technical Officer, OMNIVISION, USA

  • Dr Junichi Nakamura, Director, Japan Design Centre, APTINA Japan, Japan

  • Jim DeFilippis, CGO, Consultancy in Media and Broadcast, (formerly FOX TV), US

  • Alan Roberts, Colour Science Consultant (former BBC R&D), UK

  • Prof Franco Zappa, POLIMI, Italy

In addition to the workshops and 2 day conference IS2013 welcomes INNOVATION PLATFORMS where both academics and SME’s will present their innovations on the opening evening.

Top attending companies at Image Sensors 2012:

BBC Research and Innovation
Bosch Security Systems
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Grass Valley
Hamamatsu Photonics UK Limited
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
Leica Geosystems
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Olympus Medical Systems Corporation
OmniVision Technologies
Panasonic Corporation
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Siemens AG
Sony Deutschland GmbH
Sony Mobile Communications
ST Microelectronics
Teledyne DALSA
Toshiba Electronics Europe
University of California Berkeley

With over 185 delegates attending the 2012 Image Sensors conference, why not check out the full delegate list and see who you could be joining in 2013.

Pricing for Image Sensors 2012 is phased, there are great deals to be had if you register early. Leave it until the last minute, and you'll pay more for your ticket. Book now and quote AD15IFSA to save 15 % visit http://image-sensors.com


For more details please read the conference's press release



Image Sensors 2013 conference



Bullet Global Capacitive Sensors Market (2013-2018)



Capacitive Sensing is one of the sensing technologies along with various others like resistive sensing, inductive sensing, and acoustic sensing. The capacitive sensor detects an object or target by measuring the changes in the capacitance between the two conductive objects. A capacitive sensor basically works in three different operating modes, namely load mode, transmit mode, and shunt mode. Projected capacitive sensing technology is preferred in most of the applications as compared to the surface capacitive technology. Projected capacitance is further classified into two types, namely self capacitance and mutual capacitance. Capacitive sensors are considered to be far better as compared to the resistive sensing technology because of high accuracy, sensitivity and absence of wear & tear problem. Capacitive sensors are continuously replacing the resistive sensors in most of the applications.


Capacitive sensors are used for various applications like touch sensing, motion sensing, position sensing, pressure sensing, level sensing, and flow sensing. All the above-mentioned applications are used in different industry verticals like consumer electronics, factory automation, automotive, medical and others. Touch sensing is the major application of the capacitive sensors and consumer electronics is the major industrial sector which contributes the maximum to the overall revenue of the capacitive sensors. In consumer electronics, it is used for various devices like smartphones, tablets, portable media players, gaming consoles, and others. All the applications, industry verticals and their sub segments are discussed in the report. The overall capacitive sensors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.08% from 2013 to 2018. Motion sensing application is expected to show a significant growth in the coming five years because of the technological advancement in the automotive industry and consumer electronics sector. Capacitive accelerometers and capacitive magnetometers are in huge demand in the above sectors. The table below shows the overall market of the capacitive sensors on the basis of different applications from 2012 to 2018.



Capacitive Sensors Market



The overall market of the capacitive sensors is expected to grow from $8,869.32 million in 2013 to $17,898.10 million in 2018 at a CAGR of 15.08 % from 2013 to 2018. Touch sensing is the major application and holds about 65% of the total capacitive sensors market as of 2012. It is projected that touch sensing application will the market in the next five years also because of huge demand of the capacitive touch sensing applications in almost every sector and industry verticals.


All the manufacturers of the capacitive sensors are focusing towards the untapped market of the APAC and ROW regions. APAC is expected to show the maximum growth rate in the capacitive sensors market in the next five years. The target countries for the capacitive sensors market are U.S., Germany, France, Japan, China, Korea, Middle East, and India.


Adoption of the capacitive sensors is growing at a rapid rate and it is projected that it continues in the subsequent five to ten years as well due to the high strength, accuracy, low cost, and negligible wear & tear problems. Some of the major drivers to the market like increasing demand in the consumer electronics, less calibration required, increasing demand of the all-in-one PCs are also discussed in the report. Various opportunities like increasing retail and media applications are covered to show the overall capacitive sensors market scenario.


Some of the major players in the capacitive sensors market are Zytronic PLC (U.K.), Rechner Sensors (U.K.), TPK Holdings (U.K.), Synaptics Inc. (U.S.), Cypress Semiconductor (U.S.), MicroSense LLC (U.S.), Microchip Technology Inc. (U.S.), Lion Precision (U.S.), and others.


For more details please visit http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/



CENICS' 2013




Bullet Global Level Sensors Market worth $ 4084 Million by 2018



According to a new market research report "Level Sensors Market: Global Forecast & Analysis - Focus on Technologies [Contact Type (Magnetostrictive, Vibratory probe, Hydrostatic, Magnetic float) and Non Contact Type(Ultrasonic, Radar, Optical, Laser)], Applications and Geography (2013-2018)", published by MarketsandMarkets, the total level sensor market is expected to reach $4,084 million by 2018, at a CAGR of 7.8 % from 2013 to 2018. In terms of volume, the total number of level sensors shipped was 117.41 million units in 2012 and is expected to reach 248.46 million units by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 12.9 % from 2013 to 2018.


In modern world, non contact level sensors are the need of the hour. Also, these sensors have proved themselves as a continuously growing revenue stream due to increase in penetration into many applications. Major non contact level sensing technologies that will contribute more to the global level sensors market are Radar and ultrasonic growing at a CAGR greater than 10 % while contact level sensing technologies like magnetostrictive and vibratory probe technologies will grow at a CAGR of 5.1 % and 9.0 % from 2013-2018. The largest application segment for level sensors is industrial, power & manufacturing application contributing nearly 65 % to the total market in 2012 and it is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. North America is the leading region in the overall level sensors market with 33 % of market share in 2012; followed by Europe and APAC with 28 % and 25 % each in 2012. In ROW, Russia and Brazil are the largest contributors with total share of 15 % occupied in global level sensors market.


For more details please visit http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/level-sensors-market-926.html



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