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Sensing technology

Actionable production knowledge using sensing technology

Project development assistance in new fields of technology

The mechatronics experts at Sirris have extensive domain knowledge in a wide range of aspects of mechatronics product development, from the general concept, IP and mechanics, via sensors, electronics and energy supply, to machine learning, smart connected products and more. With this expertise, the team can assist companies that wish to drastically change their product portfolio. New functionality can be added or existing features can be replaced using technology from fields previously unknown to or not yet used by the company.

Helping Belgian companies search for appropriate sensors

The mechatronics experts at Sirris are currently focusing on the salient topic of sensors, following the developments in this broad field through various joint projects. The acquired knowledge enables experts to support companies searching for solutions to their specific measurement issues.

Examining the use of advanced sensors in the food industry

The export-oriented food industry needs to expedite the digitisation and innovation of the production equipment to strengthen their competitive position and to better meet the changing demands in the market. Innovative sensor technology offers great potential in terms of inline inspection of processes and products and their optimisation.
 
Sirris and Flanders’ FOOD have joined forces in the SensInFood project, to understand the need for sensors in the food industry. We explore new technology and advanced sensor technology, such as hyperspectral imaging, to improve efficiency, quality and safety in the food industry. 
 
The SensInFood project team works with food producers, machine manufacturers and integrators to identify and remove the obstacles often encountered when integrating this type of technology into industrial processes. The key to integration is the practical and financial feasibility of the intended advantages.

 

Launch of a connected sensor network to measure energy and air quality in buildings

The Wal-e-Cities EFRO-ENR project focuses on energy and the environment. A network of battery-operated air quality sensors was developed. The objective is to assess the energy performance of ventilation and insulation systems in buildings. The air quality is subsequently defined by measuring temperature, humidity, real-time CO2 concentration (ppm) and coefficient of variation (COV).

All these sensors were integrated into what used to be known as an air quality sensor. A person would wear the sensor while performing their daily activities, to correlate the air quality measurements with the wearer’s position using beacons. The beacons are BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) units installed in rooms that were considered relevant. The signals are received by the air quality sensor to ensure it can be located within the building. The technology has contributed towards the thorny issue of interior localisation.
 
The data was collected, structured and sent via Wi-Fi to a server for further analysis.
 
Potential applications include the definition of room ventilation needs, insulation quality assessment, energy performance improvements, air quality monitoring and management in public areas such as schools, hospitals and administrative buildings.