Fiber-optic sensing is gaining traction for accurate strain, shape and temperature measurement in aircraft, civil structures, high-tech machines and medical catheters and endoscopes. To support a higher market penetration, a cost and size reduction is needed. Technobis and Bruco Integrated Circuits have developed a memory stick-sized fiber-optic measurement system.
Working in high tech for 35 years, René Penning de Vries has never seen more potential waiting to come to fruition. The technology, the ideas, the means: it’s all there. But creating a billion euro integrated photonics industry in the Netherlands will require a lot more hard work and persistence. “Our biggest pitfall is complacency,” says the chairman of PhotonDelta, a collaboration founded to steer the effort.