Preliminary research of Fairfield Market Research indicates a promising growth outlook for global infrastructure monitoring market during the course of next few years.
Infrastructure Monitoring Market Rises High as Capital Expenditure on Maintenance of Critical Infratrsucture Soars
The infrastructure monitoring market is expanding due to the expanding adoption of cutting-edge sensor technologies, the falling cost of sensors, the rising demand for preventive maintenance, and the rising capital expenditures to ensure better maintenance of critical infrastructure across end-user industries. One of the key factors propelling this industry is the rising demand for predictive maintenance to cut life cycle maintenance costs. Predictive condition monitoring of structures, manufacturing systems, and vehicles extensively uses MEMS inertial sensors. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and sophisticated analytics, which continuously enhance the functionality of such systems, have added to this. As a part of an Aerospace and Defense Masterplan, several South African aerospace and defense businesses completed a collaboration in April 2021 to advance the sector. By the end of 2024, the Aerospace and Defense Masterplan seeks to double the amount of some items produced locally compared to baseline levels. The alliance includes testing facilities such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, GEW, Hensoldt Optronics, African NDT Centre, Damen Shipyards Cape Town, and Paramount Group (CSIR).
Due to its lower cost, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is gaining significance. It is increasingly being used to check the condition of bridges and tunnels, investigate roads, and ensure that roads' asphalt is adequately compacted. Large voids in the Cumberland Gap Tunnel, which connects Kentucky, and Tennessee, were located by the Kentucky Transportation Center using GPR technology. Using GPR to ensure no voids at one end of the tunnel that needed to be filled significantly decreased the repair costs. Due to a lack of site access and disruptions across the supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in the infrastructure monitoring market experienced temporary operational issues that hurt market expansion. Several associations, such as those offering different certifications, have also suffered. However, firms like Bureau Veritas reported a 900% increase in demand since the pandemic outbreak for the remote inspection of offshore assets and machinery.
Infrastructure Monitoring Market: COVID-19 Impact
Nearly all industries have experienced significant commercial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic epidemic. Global regulatory organizations must enact strict lockdown measures, and travel restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic continue. This has also had a significant impact on the market for infrastructure monitoring. As many essential tools and materials are heavily dependent on imports from other nations, the COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted the supply chain systems. The strict directives of the governing bodies to adhere to social distance norms also forced the industries to operate with a minimal workforce, which resulted in a decline in the production rate of industries. Therefore, each of these variables had a detrimental impact on the infrastructure monitoring market.
However, following the COVID-19 pandemic, the market for infrastructure monitoring will expand due to this technology's diverse and cutting-edge applications in industries like aerospace & defense, energy, mining, civil infrastructure, and others. The total lockdown and temporary shutdown of industries, which various provincial governments have already announced, hurts overall production and make it more difficult for global market opportunity monitoring infrastructure to function.
Increasing Use Across Energy Sector to Shoot Lucrative Opportunities for Infrastructure Monitoring Market
The end-user sector is rapidly expanding, creating a need for security, routine data monitoring, and knowledge of the state or health of the infrastructure for which infrastructure monitoring is being used. The Asia-Pacific region, for instance, is seeing significant power growth, according to the World Nuclear Association. China's nuclear power generation is anticipated to continue expanding quickly because there are currently 135 nuclear reactors operating in the region, and another 35 are being built. As a result, nuclear power plants are anticipated to grow in number as these energy-saving demands persist. The infrastructure monitoring market will consequently be created. The onshore and offshore sectors greatly benefit from the remote maintenance advantages offered by the infrastructure monitoring system, as evidenced by the growing use of wind turbine center data modules to transmit information about their design parameters. As a result, there is a demand for infrastructure monitoring due to its need in the energy sector.
Rising Urbanization, and Technological Advancements Drive Infrastructure Monitoring Market Growth
Because labor in countries like China is so expensive, many smart city projects need automated monitoring and inspection systems for their infrastructure or buildings. This is achieved by integrating cutting-edge technologies like IoT and sensor systems in infrastructure monitoring systems. Building monitoring data may be continuously gathered and analyzed for preventive maintenance thanks to the combination of cutting-edge technology with infrastructure monitoring. For example, India's US$35.7 Bn smart city plan includes 2,301 projects spread across multiple states. Five new smart cities for the fiscal year 2020–2021 have been announced as part of the smart city mission. Consequently, as technology advances, smart infrastructure growth opens up new opportunities for infrastructure monitoring systems.
Installation Costs to Restrict Infrastructure Monitoring Market Growth
An important barrier to the growth of the infrastructure monitoring market is the rising installation costs to integrate cutting-edge technologies. Along with that, issues with cyber security will also impede growth. Market expansion will thus slow down until these issues are resolved. The Infrastructure Monitoring Software will need help finding skilled laborers. The Managed Service Providers (MSP) market segment, in particular, is experiencing significant difficulty due to rising costs.
Increasing Demand for Energy Efficiency is Responsible for Dominance of Energy Segment in Infrastructure Monitoring Market
Due to the rising demand for practices that improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness, the energy segment is anticipated to gain significant traction in the infrastructure monitoring market. A promising future is also offered for expanding infrastructure monitoring in the energy sector by the growing significance of timely and predictive maintenance for assets in the sector. Additionally, the advantages of remote maintenance provided by structural health monitoring systems are very helpful for both onshore and offshore systems in this industry. Central data modules are being utilized more and more in wind turbines, for example, to communicate information concerning structural issues. The development of cloud solutions has made it possible to continuously gather and assess this structural health monitoring data for preventive maintenance. For remote monitoring and management, most wind farm operators use SCADA data.
Furthermore, structural health monitoring programs resulted in significant cost savings through early detection, enabling greater investment in future predictive maintenance programs. Duke Energy used Schneider Electric's Avantis PRiSM technology to find a turbine rotor crack early, saving US$7.5 Mn. Asset optimization and maintenance this has ensured the avoidance of cost overruns. Furthermore, the nuclear energy industry, which is built to support such technologies, continues to place a high priority on non-intrusive structural monitoring. Nuclear reactor sensors are installed either during concrete casting or by drilling holes in the existing structures. According to the World Nuclear Association, 95 nuclear reactors were slated to be built worldwide as of May 2022. The highest number was recorded by China, with 33 units, followed by Russia and India, with 27 and 12, respectively. Additionally, the importance of maintenance grows as nuclear power plants get older, which is expected to open up new opportunities for infrastructure monitoring market.
With Higher IT Complexities, SMEs Segment to Register Highest Growth in Infrastructure Monitoring Market
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and large businesses comprise the market's two main enterprise-size categories. The segment comprising SMEs is anticipated to see the highest CAGR. Small- and mid-sized firms' IT environments tend to be just as complicated as those of their larger competitors in today's technological environment, albeit on a much smaller scale. Small- and mid-sized firms, like larger enterprises, benefit from having a strong IT infrastructure that includes the company network. Smaller businesses frequently have a single administrator or small IT teams. Supporting technologies like network monitoring solutions is becoming more and more crucial for smaller enterprises.
Asia Pacific to Dominate Infrastructure Monitoring Market in Long Term
The region's market is expanding quickly due to the rapid growth of the end-user industries that offer significant application opportunities for structural health monitoring systems. For instance, the World Nuclear Association reports that nuclear power, specifically in the Asia-Pacific region, is experiencing significant growth. There are approximately 135 operational nuclear power reactors in the area, and another 35 are currently under construction. China is expected to experience the fastest growth in nuclear generation. A structural monitoring market will be created due to the increased need to maintain those power plants. Applications for infrastructure monitoring technology in the aerospace and defence industries also drive the growth of infrastructure monitoring market. For instance, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reports that China and India have increased the size of their nuclear arsenal in the past year. According to the Swedish research tank, China is rapidly modernizing its nuclear weapons. China, Pakistan, and India each have 320, 160, and 150 nuclear warheads, according to the SIPRI Yearbook 2020. They must be watched because of their presence to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. The largest smart city pilot projects worldwide, covering large and small cities, are in China, with about 500 of them. By 2020, the Chinese government had made public and private investments in these cities totaling about US$74 Bn. China Academy of Information and Communication Technology predicts that annual spending on smart city projects will increase from CNY 375.2 billion (roughly US$55 Bn) in 2017 to CNY 1.23 trillion (roughly US$181.7 Bn) in 2021.
Growing smart city initiatives are also anticipated to open up opportunities for the country's infrastructure monitoring market to expand. For instance, India's Smart City Mission is a program that includes 2301 projects spread across various states and is estimated to cost 35.7 billion dollars. Five new smart cities have been announced as part of the mission for smart cities in the Indian Union Budget for FY 2020-2021. New opportunities for structural monitoring systems are anticipated to arise with smart infrastructure development. As China's aging infrastructure has grown in number, it is crucial to use infrastructure monitoring services to locate and ensure the integrity of these structures. Due to the growing need to conduct periodic assessment operations to preserve aging infrastructure and minimize infrastructure expenses, it is anticipated that the deployment of these solutions in the country will increase rapidly over the forecast period.
Global Infrastructure Monitoring Market: Competitive Landscape
In September 2022, Equinor and Norwegian technology Vissim finished developing a new and expanded ocean space surveillance system for energy operators on the Norwegian and UK continental shelves. Incorporating subsea infrastructure monitoring, marine planning using weather forecasts and real-time monitoring, and 3D situational awareness are part of the new and expanded ocean space surveillance system.
In September 2022, A leading supplier of AI-driven hybrid cloud management and monitoring solutions, Virtanen, announced a new Kubernetes strategy that will bring container support to the entire portfolio of Virtanen Platform solutions. For business applications to run as efficiently, inexpensively, and fully as possible, this strategy will offer actionable infrastructure insights.
A few of the players in the global infrastructure monitoring market include Acellent Technologies, Avt Reliability, Bridge Diagnostics, Campbell Scientific, Digitexx, Geokon, Nova Metrix, First Sensor, Geomotion Singapore, Feac Engineering, Geocomp, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik, Infibra Technologies, and Pure Technologies.
Regional Classification of Global Infrastructure Monitoring Market Can be Given as Below:
Middle East and Africa
*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability.
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Infrastructure Monitoring Market
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