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Novel sensors help clear the air

Technical Insights' Environmental Sensors and Monitors Analysis

Technical Insights




Palo Alto, Calif. -- November 12, 2003-- Traditional analytical techniques are in danger of being replaced by new competing technologies, which are not only more advanced but also more convenient.

Pollutants from vehicular exhaust such as oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds create ground-level ozone. Sensing technologies are already available for on-vehicle emissions analysis, but manufacturers are developing new technologies for products that are still emerging.

Regulatory bodies are stepping up pressure on industries to comply with environmental laws, especially with the ratification of several international protocols. The Clean Air Act of the U.S. Government mandates select industries to use technologies that will control air toxics discharge.

"As required under the Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a list of source categories that must meet control technology requirements for these toxic air pollutants," states Technical Insights Analyst Miriam Nagel. "The EPA is required to develop regulations for all industries that emit one or more of the pollutants in significant quantities."

Samples from chemical waste dumps where toxic spills have occurred are typically collected and transported to laboratories for analysis. A recently developed and EPA-verified technology can do the job of established sensors in real-time at far lower costs.

"These devices are based on an array of polymer-based microsensors known as chemiresistors that are packaged in a waterproof housing that is designed to detect volatile organic compounds in harsh subsurface environments," says Nagel.

Advanced smart sensors now address environmental safety in workplaces, on roadways, in airports, or inside buildings. Technologically advanced sensors are available to monitor road conditions on site and warn air traffic authorities of wind shear on runways and lightening strikes.

Intelligent sensors warn against exposure to accumulated radon in buildings, even in areas of high density and variable occupancy. They can also be used to provide data that can help correlate the characteristics of a seismic wavefield with structural response.

"Key words in the industry today are small, smart, wireless, and embedded," notes Nagel. "Smart sensor technology, which was developed for environmental sensing, may well soon be in everyone's future, everywhere."

New analysis by Technical Insights, a business unit of Frost & Sullivan (www.Technical-Insights.frost.com), Environmental Sensors and Monitors, studies the development and commercialization of sensors that detect and check factors that are detrimental to the environment. These include vehicular emissions, agricultural runoff, industrial and mine waste disposal, as well as ocean spills and dumping.

Technical Insights will hold a conference call at 3:00 p.m. (EST)/ 12:00 p.m. (PST) on November 19, 2003 to provide a summary and analysis of the latest developments in environmental sensors. Those interested in participating in the call should send an email to Julia Paulson at jpaulson@frost.com with the following information for registration:

Full name, Company Name, Title, Contact Tel Number, Contact Fax Number, Email. Upon receipt of the above information, a confirmation/pass code for the live briefing will be emailed to you.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alert, newsletter, and report services.

Environmental Sensors and Monitors are part of the Sensor Technology Alert, which includes market insights on new developments in advanced sensors across several industries. Executive summaries and interviews are available to the press.

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