Peter Adrian - Analyst Profile

Principal Analyst and Research Manager
Technical Insights
Industrial Automation & Process Control


For over 20 years, I have researched emerging and established markets and technologies pertaining to sensors and industrial automation. For over 13 years, I had my own business, providing consulting in the area of sensors and automation and publishing Sensor Business Digest and Manufactruing Automation. This business was combined into the Technical Insights Div. of Frost & Sullivan in early 2005. At Frost, I am a Principal Analyst and Research Manager, Automation and Electronics, where I have worked on/coordinated numerous custom client projects in such areas as sensors, advanced materials, aerospace and defense/homeland security, etc.

Recent items from Peter Adrian

Published: Sep 27 2018 Best Practices
Smart, Connected Sensors Create Opportunities in Smart Factories
Industry 4.0 is enabling smart factories by configuring cyber-physical (Internet-connected) systems coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) to leverage the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for seamless machine-to-machine communication, data transfer, and advanced automation of processes throughout the manufacturing value chain. The opportunity to optimally use and communicate the data collected about key equipment and processes depends on the smart sensors with inherent signal processing and data communications capabilities. Sensors will have key growth opportunities in Industry 4.0 driven by their ability to provide enhanced detection of equipment, process, and product conditions and improved Internet-based sharing of vital information within the manufacturing facility and across the entire supply chain. Industry 4.0 enables advancements in automation, efficiency, and flexibility driven by smarter sensors. This research report provides analysis of key technology innovations and identifies key developers of sensors and related technologies for improved sensing and communications of data for more efficient, cost-effective manufacturing. The technology and innovation report pinpoints key markets, needs, opportunities, and challenges for sensors in Industry 4.0.
Published: Dec 29 2017 Technical Insights Reports
Expanding Opportunities for Wearable Devices in Diagnostics
Wearable technologies in healthcare are expected to have key growth opportunities in the next few years driven by factors such as the proliferation of wearables for health and wellness and the need for more data about the current and future condition of individuals and patients. This technology and innovation report provides analysis of key technology innovations and identifies key healthcare wearable device developers in diverse areas such as electronic skin, smart gloves, glucose sweat sensors, wearable stethoscopes, asthma monitoring patches, smart bandages electrocardiogram monitoring, smart clothing. The study also assesses key markets, needs, opportunities, and challenges for healthcare wearable devices. This research aims at providing: • A brief snapshot and analysis of R&D opportunities in the domain of healthcare wearables • Key innovations based on the opportunities which drive the development of wearables in healthcare sector • Key Drivers for the adoption of wearables in healthcare • Key Technology Challenges hindering the adoption of wearables in healthcare. • Emerging Market Needs • Technology Roadmap • Strategic insights about market and emerging trends
Published: Sep 29 2017 Technical Insights Reports
Smart Sensors, EAPs, and Graphene Sensors can Enhance Opportunities for Better Pipeline Monitoring
When it comes to the aspect of change, the pipeline industry appears to be conservative. Pipeline operators can be hesitant to adopt new solutions quickly and widely because of the initial investment. Decisions related to the adoption of innovative technologies are taken very cautiously and implemented only if required or when it leads to reduced downtime or cost. At present ageing pipelines is a prime focus area and opportunities for new technologies appear to be tough. Pipelines are subjected to various issues such as pipeline leakage, corrosion, cracks, flow, and vibration and so on. The oil and gas pipeline industry is focused on the enhancing the functionalities of pipelines. Transformational trends, such as operational intelligence, infrastructure development, demand and supply, convergence, utilization of greener concept, and emergence of new technologies, are driving the need for enhanced and innovative sensing technologies in the oil and gas pipeline industry. Companies need to identify the key elements of transformation faster and devise strategies to accelerate adoption of novel sensing platforms. The technology and innovation report has evaluated advances in sensing technologies, and its impact on the oil and gas pipeline industry in the near-, medium-, and long-term. The requirement of the pipeline industry varies depending on its processes. The report captures sensor innovations from different dimensions such as upstream, downstream and midstream. Key questions addressed in the report: 1. What are the four phases of pipeline integrity assessment? 2. What are the key parameters in pipeline monitoring systems? 3. What are the enabling technologies in oil and gas pipeline industry? 4. What are the implementation examples in the upstream, midstream, and downstream phases of pipeline monitoring? 5. What are the key sensor innovations in oil and gas pipeline monitoring? 6. What are the emerging opportunities and technologies in oil and gas pipeline monitoring? 7. What type of futuristic technologies is expected in long term?
Published: Apr 12 2017 Technical Insights Reports
Advances in Lightweight, Soft Exoskeletons can Drive Increased Growth Opportunities in Military and Healthcare Sectors
Robotic Exoskeleton has been experiencing significant technology enhancements in the recent years. This advanced technology is destined to play a critical role in transforming the everyday lives of people, especially patients with disabilities. It has opportunities in manufacturing, for instance in warehouse applications. Robotic exoskeletons can be classified into six main categories: Full body powered suits Limb assistance suits Back support suits Powered gloves Supernumerary robotic arms Tool holding exoskeletons Robotic exoskeletons are anticipated to impact the healthcare, military, and manufacturing industries significantly. The technology literally improves the physical strength, functionality, and performance of the user. The ‘Emerging Robotic Exoskeleton Technologies’ technology and innovation report reviews the recent technology advancements and innovations impacting various industries. Key questions covered in this research service: What is the significance and impact of robotic exoskeleton technology across industries? What is the key industry trends propelling adoption? What are the major drivers and challenges? What are the key innovations? What is the patent and funding trend? Who are the key stakeholders? What is the technology roadmap for the next five years (2017-2022)? What are key growth opportunity areas?
Published: Apr 07 2017 Technical Insights Reports
Published: Mar 01 2017 Best Practices
Compact, Low Power Capacitive Sensors to Impact T ouch, Motion, Proximity, Inertial Parameters
Capacitive sensor technology provides key benefits, such as a small form factor, low power, and immunity to temperature effects. This research service identifies and assesses key opportunities, developments, and innovations in capacitive sensors. Different types of capacitive sensor technologies are profiled, including MEMS capacitive sensors and soft, stretchable capacitive sensors. Key sensing parameters, such as touch, acceleration angular rate, pressure, humidity, gas, fingerprint identification, and proximity/position, are scrutinized, along with key applications for different types of capacitive sensors, such as consumer electronics and wearables, automotive, industrial, aerospace/military, and healthcare. The technology and innovation report covers: • An overview of key technology and market trends impacting capacitive sensing • A review of key technological and business challenges and drivers influencing the adoption and growth • Overview of key developments and advancements (innovation landscape and profiles) • Landscape of key application segments • Key market/application needs and requirements that impact the prospects for R&D initiatives • Market potential, growth opportunities, and roadmap • Insights into the technological issues and market requirements that need to be addressed and exploited in order to capture opportunities
Published: May 24 2016 Technical Insights Reports
Embedded Sensors Drive Expanding Connectivity
Sensing technologies are increasingly impacting consumer electronics, driven by the increasing trend toward connectivity among individuals and devices. This phenomenon is contributing to a proliferation of information enabled by less expensive, low-power, smaller, more ubiquitous sensors that can be embedded in a plethora of devices or applications and readily send data to the Internet. Consumer electronics devices are defined as those purchased by consumers for personal use, such as mobile phones, laptops, television remote controls, gaming controls, excluding home appliances. Key sensor or sensor-related technologies addressed in this report include touch sensors, touchless gesture recognition sensors, motion sensing, pressure sensors, biometric sensors, brain computer interface (BCI) sensors. Sensors, mainly based on established technologies, are also used in consumer electronics such as mobile phones for sensing other parameters such as proximity, ambient light/screen brightness, temperature or humidity.
Published: Jun 29 2015 Technical Insights Reports
Published: Feb 12 2014 Best Practices
Magnetic sensors detect the presence, strength or direction of a magnetic field that is generated from a source (which could be the Earth’s magnetic field, permanent magnet, electric current, etc.). Magnetic sensors often detect other parameters based on changes or disturbances in magnetic fields, such as, for example, rotational speed, position, p...
19 Mar 2010 Blog post
Timing Devices, which are used to synchronize components, are an integral part of diverse devices that contain an IC or generate a radio signal, such as computer systems, consumer electronics (for example, mobile phones or other portable electronic devices), communications equipment, and other electronics devices or systems, including measurement e...
02 Feb 2010 Blog post
It is important to know the condition of the oil used in equipment (including vehicles and industrial machinery and mechanical devices), since oil that loses its lubricity must be changed or it will become contaminated.   At present, sensors are not typically and widely used to directly and continuously measure the quality and condition of oil i...
15 Jan 2010 Blog post
Technology constantly evolves, creating threats to existing products but also generating opportunities for savvy companies who can develop technology that is targeted at capturing new applications and markets. To be positioned to thrive rather than suffer in the face of inexorable technology development, companies must have the courage and insight...
08 Jan 2010 Blog post

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