The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as the increasing adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the need for real-time monitoring and analytics, and the demand for cost-effective and scalable solutions thereby growing importance of technologies such as cloud computing platforms, edge computing, machine learning, and data analytics. These technologies enable efficient data collection, processing, and analysis, resulting in actionable insights and improved decision-making. As organizations strive to harness the power of sensor data, cloud innovation in virtual sensor networks plays a crucial role in unlocking the potential of IoT and driving digital transformation. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cloud in technology: virtual sensor networkBuy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 1.5 million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Virtual sensor network is a key innovation area in cloud

A virtual sensor network (VSN) is a distributed system that employs virtual sensors to gather data from physical sensors, enabling the monitoring and control of diverse environmental factors. Virtual sensors, which are software-based, utilise data obtained from physical sensors to generate virtual readings, facilitating the detection, tracking, and analysis of environmental changes.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 470+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of virtual sensor network.

Key players in virtual sensor network – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to virtual sensor network

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Motorola Solutions 28 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 161 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 109 Unlock Company Profile
Yokogawa Electric 26 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 60 Unlock Company Profile
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung 30 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 24 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 74 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 44 Unlock Company Profile
DexCom 28 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 54 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 30 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 58 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 38 Unlock Company Profile
Omron 44 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 78 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 59 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 37 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 65 Unlock Company Profile
IBM 95 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 57 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 26 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 45 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 26 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 141 Unlock Company Profile
Convida Wireless 74 Unlock Company Profile
TRAXENS 52 Unlock Company Profile
Diehl Metering Systems 24 Unlock Company Profile
Veniam 28 Unlock Company Profile
Senseware 56 Unlock Company Profile
Omron Tateisi Electronics 55 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Qualcomm is the leading patent filer in virtual sensor network, followed by Intel and Toyota Motor. Qualcomm Aware is a comprehensive IoT platform with precise and accurate positioning, edge connectivity and control, and asset conditioning monitoring solutions, delivered through a single, intelligent cloud platform to provide real-time visibility and condition monitoring for assets in transit. The platform can deliver real-time intelligence and visibility through intuitive and scalable cloud-based solutions and services using location, condition monitoring, and edge control.    

Other prominent patent filers in the space include IBM and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.      

By geographic reach, DexCom leads the pack, followed by TRAXENS and Senseware. In terms of application diversity, Diehl Metering Systems holds the top position, followed by Toyota Motor and Senseware.     

Cloud innovation in virtual sensor networks has revolutionized the way sensor data is collected, analyzed, and utilized. Virtual sensor networks leverage cloud computing infrastructure to create a virtual network of sensors, enabling the collection of data from distributed sources.  

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Technology.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.