The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing demand for predictive maintenance solutions across various industries, as well as advancements in sensor technology and data analytics algorithms, and growing importance of technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensors for data acquisition, edge computing for real-time analysis, and cloud-based platforms for centralized monitoring and reporting, collectively driving advancements in real-time fault monitoring within the IoT landscape. 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 Internet of Things in technology: real-time fault monitoring. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

190+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, real-time fault monitoring, smart inspection, and physiological monitoring are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Smart window screens, smart lighting, and multi-sensor collision avoidance are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is NFC broadcasting, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the technology industry

Real-time fault monitoring is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Real-time fault monitoring is the ongoing process of instantly identifying and flagging anomalies or malfunctions within a system or device. It employs a combination of sensors, data analysis methods, and control systems to promptly pinpoint potential issues or deviations from standard operation. By adopting real-time fault monitoring, businesses can take proactive measures to resolve faults, thereby reducing downtime, boosting productivity, and fortifying the overall dependability of their systems.

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 310+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of real-time fault monitoring.

Key players in real-time fault monitoring – 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 real-time fault monitoring

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Gree Electric Appliances 32 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 11 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 29 Unlock Company Profile
Yokogawa Electric 14 Unlock Company Profile
Fanuc 24 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 10 Unlock Company Profile
Dongfeng Motor 29 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors 13 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Launch Tech 50 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 39 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 72 Unlock Company Profile
Lear 10 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 21 Unlock Company Profile
Jiangling Motors 9 Unlock Company Profile
Advantest 9 Unlock Company Profile
Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group 20 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 25 Unlock Company Profile
China Southern Power Grid 25 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 10 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 31 Unlock Company Profile
China General Nuclear Power 31 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 14 Unlock Company Profile
Tokyo Electron 11 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 39 Unlock Company Profile
China FAW Group 37 Unlock Company Profile
TTTech Auto 11 Unlock Company Profile
Autel Intelligent Technology 25 Unlock Company Profile
Traffic Control Technology 11 Unlock Company Profile
Xuji Electric 12 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in real-time fault monitoring, State Grid Corporation of China is one of the leading patents filers.The company’s patent is focused on a specific test system along with a power utilization information acquisition system. The testing method involves sending a remote-control test command to an electric energy meter during a power utilization valley period via a remote acquisition terminal and a first communication network. It then checks whether the execution result information from the electric energy meter, returned by the remote acquisition terminal, is received within a set timeframe via a second communication network. If the information is received within the designated time, it confirms the normal functioning of the power utilization information acquisition system's control over the electric energy meter through the remote acquisition terminal. The method offers an accurate means to test the system's remote-control capabilities without introducing additional equipment or disrupting the user's power utilization. Other prominent patent filers in the space include Launch Tech and Hyundai Motor.

In terms of application diversity, TTTech Auto held the top position, while Hyundai Motor and Kia stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographical reach, Tokyo Electron leads the pack, followed by Advantest and Boeing.

Real-time fault monitoring in IoT is critically important for maintaining the reliability and performance of interconnected systems. By instantly identifying and addressing anomalies, organizations can prevent potential disruptions, reduce downtime, and ensure the seamless operation of IoT-enabled devices and processes.

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

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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.