What is SIS

Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) is a key enabling technology to achieve quality, efficiency and performance across all key markets – transport, defence, oil and gas, agriculture, built environment, life sciences, and food and drink.

With sensor technologies becoming all pervasive, the principal value is no longer just in the sensor and the data but in the system and information and how this is managed, collected and presented back in a usable and useful format.

The underlying requirement is the same – to sense, measure, communicate, process and visualise information in a way that provides valuable and actionable information based on data.

The SIS Stack

Sensor systems enable businesses to assess the significance of the data they gather, using it to gain stronger insights in to their activities and act with authority and confidence on results presented to them.

Our ‘stack’ model illustrates the elements of a complete sensor system.

The StackAt the bottom are the sensors, detecting and measuring change in all its forms e.g. temperature, light or energy.  However, this data may mean very little if it cannot be set in context or awarded significance – the real value lies in transforming it into meaningful and actionable information.

As we move up through the stack, the system converts these basic sensor measurements to signals, prioritising the most valuable data.  Through a series of complex processes, the data is securely stored, managed, organised and analysed, finally being converted into information that allows the right business decision to be made.

SIS Market

  • The sensors market was unaffected by the worldwide recession, increasing by 8.7% pa between 2008-10.
  • Growth is driven by four key trends – lower cost, lower power, chip-level integration, and wireless connectivity.

SIS Market Size


Further Reading

To further understand the operational implications for SIS, take a look at our Markets section.

For more information on the stack, please take a look at our interactive infographic and flyer.