Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities

As "always-on" location in smartphones becomes a core part of retail, ambient intelligence, mobile advertising, and the quantified self, sensors have been identified as a key element in supporting high-accuracy, ubiquitous, indoor and outdoor location. Combined with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other technologies it can enable consistent performance, across a range of different environments. However, sensors suffer from inherent problems that significantly limit their ability in supporting indoor location today. This report aims to identify how these problems are being overcome, who is best placed to do so and the revenue that will be generated as a result.

The report considers the role that MEMS vendors, GNSS/Connectivity IC OEMS, and sensor/data fusion start-ups can play in enabling this market. It looks at the adoption of multi-axis sensors, the future development of sensor fusion, and how it can be combined with GNSS, connectivity and a host of other emerging data sources to enable high-accuracy data fusion, indoor location, and analytics. Forecasts are provided for motion sensors in handsets, adoption of location-based sensor fusion, and sensor fusion software revenues. A comprehensive review of important location-based sensor fusion companies is also provided.

 

Table of Contents

  • 1. MICRO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
    • 1.1. Accelerometers
    • 1.2. Gyroscopes
    • 1.3. Altimeters (Pressure Sensors)
    • 1.4. Magnetometers
    • 1.5. Accelerometer + Magnetometer
    • 1.6. Accelerometer + Gyroscope
    • 1.7. Compass + Gyro + Accelerometer
    • 1.8. Sensor Fusion Ecosystem
      • 1.8.1. Sensor OEM Level
      • 1.8.2. Connectivity/GPS IC Level
      • 1.8.3. Hardware-agnostic Third Parties
    • 1.9. How to Differentiate on Sensor Fusion for Indoor Location
    • 1.10. How Sensor Fusion Improves Indoor Location
      • 1.10.1. Filling in the Gaps
      • 1.10.2. Machine Intelligence
      • 1.10.3. Crowdsourced RF Mapping
    • 1.11. Location-based Applications
      • 1.11.1. Hyperlocal Search
      • 1.11.2. Social
      • 1.11.3. Retail/Venues
      • 1.11.4. Navigation
      • 1.11.5. Fitness, Health, and Personal Tracking
      • 1.11.6. Enterprise
      • 1.11.7. Ambient Intelligence/Proximity Awareness
      • 1.11.8. Augmented Reality
  • 2. LOCATION-BASED SENSOR FUSION FORECASTS
  • 3. OVERVIEW OF KEY PLAYERS
    • 3.1. MEMS Sensor Vendors
      • 3.1.1. AKM
      • 3.1.2. Analog Devices
      • 3.1.3. Bosch Sensortec
      • 3.1.4. Freescale Semiconductor
      • 3.1.5. Hillcrest
      • 3.1.6. Indoo.rs
      • 3.1.7. InvenSense
      • 3.1.8. Kionix (Rohm)
      • 3.1.9. MEMSIC
      • 3.1.10. Movea
      • 3.1.11. STMicroelectronics
      • 3.1.12. SenionLab
      • 3.1.13. Sensor Platforms

Charts

  1. MEMS Sensor Shipments in Handsets, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2018
  2. MEMS Sensor Revenues in Handsets, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2018
  3. MEMS Combo-sensor Shipments in Handsets, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2018
  4. MEMS Location-based Sensor Fusion Software Installations by Vendor Type, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2018
  5. MEMS Location-based Software Revenue by Vendor Type, World Market, Forecast: 2012 to 2018