Infrared Sensor Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Active, Passive), By Application (Motion Detectors, Proximity Sensors, Optical Power Meters, Radiation Thermometer, Night Vision Devices, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : Mar 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061615281
  • Pages : 145

The infrared sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.29% from US$0.533 billion in 2022 to US$1.127 billion in 2029.

Infrared sensors detect and measure infrared radiation emitted by objects in their field of view. They work by detecting changes in the temperature or radiation intensity of the infrared energy emitted by objects and then convert this information into an electrical signal that can be interpreted by other devices or systems.

The two main types of infrared sensors are passive and active, which can be used in various applications, including optical power meters, radiation thermometers, motion detectors, night vision devices, and proximity sensors, as infrared sensors can detect changes in the infrared radiation emitted by objects. The growing demand for automation and control systems, the need for non-contact temperature measurement, and the increasing adoption of night vision devices drive the demand for infrared sensors, propelling their market growth.

Increasing use in security and surveillance propels the growth of the market.

Infrared detectors, particularly pyroelectric infrared sensors, find extensive use in security and surveillance applications. The increasing adoption of video surveillance systems worldwide presents a significant opportunity for market vendors operating in this space.

A recent announcement by the Delhi government revealed plans to deploy 140,000 devices as part of the second phase of their CCTV camera project, indicating a substantial investment in enhancing surveillance capabilities. Furthermore, an additional 140,000 surveillance devices are slated for installation in this project's subsequent phase.

This surge in surveillance device deployment underscores the growing importance of security measures and highlights the pivotal role played by infrared detectors in bolstering security infrastructure.

The surge in automotive and electronic device production is augmenting the demand for infrared sensors. 

A proximity sensor is an electronic device that is used to detect the presence of nearby objects without physical contact. Infrared sensors are particularly useful in proximity sensors because they can detect the infrared radiation emitted by objects and use this information to determine their proximity.

The demand for proximity sensors has been increasing in the automotive and consumer electronics sectors. In the automotive industry, proximity sensors are used for parking assistance, collision avoidance, and other safety features. In contrast, they are particularly useful for touchless control, gesture recognition, and other features that improve the user experience in smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics devices. The growing production of automotive and consumer electronic devices will boost the demand for infrared sensors.

According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the global production of passenger vehicles increased to 61.59 million in 2022 from 57.05 million in 2021. According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), smartphone shipments from India crossed 168 million units in CY 2021, and in 2022, smartphone shipments from India were expected to reach ~190 million. This demonstrates that infrared sensors hold a great demand in the future.

The growing adoption of night vision devices is boosting the infrared sensor market growth.

Night vision devices like night vision goggles, binoculars, thermal imaging cameras, and others use infrared technology to detect and amplify the faint light available at night, allowing users to see in the dark. Infrared sensors are particularly useful in night vision devices because they can detect infrared radiation even in total darkness.

Night vision devices are used in military and law enforcement applications, hunting, wildlife observation, and navigation. Growing demand for night vision devices in such applications is boosting the demand for infrared sensors.

In 2022, a global defence and homeland security solutions provider of India was awarded the contract to design & develop night vision goggles for Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) where pilots flying (LUH) in different terrains and day/night will get to wear indigenously manufactured Aviation Night Vision Goggles (ANVG).

The Asia Pacific is expected to hold a significant market share throughout the forecast period. 

The Asia Pacific region will account for a major market share due rapidly growing consumer electronics market in countries like China, Japan, South Korea, and India, coupled with the growing automotive industry, and increasing usage of night vision devices.

In February 2022, to boost India's domestic vehicle production and draw in new investment, 20 automakers were selected to receive production-linked incentives (PLI), including Tata Motors Ltd, Suzuki Motor Gujarat, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hyundai, and Kia India Pvt. Ltd. The 20 automakers have suggested investment of about Rs. 45,000 crores ($5.95 billion) overall. In 2021, the Chinese government announced "Export Tax Rebate Adjustment" to adjust the export tax rebate rates for certain products, including consumer electronics.

The adjustment aimed to support the export of high-value-added products and boost the competitiveness of Chinese companies in the global market. Such developments will boost the demand for infrared sensors used in automobiles, and consumer electronics, thereby boosting the regional market growth.

Market Developments:

  • On July 24, 2023, STMicroelectronics introduced an innovative infrared (IR) sensor designed for presence and motion detection in building automation systems. This highly integrated sensor operates with ultra-low power consumption and features micromachined thermal transistors, replacing traditional passive infrared detectors. Unlike conventional PIR detectors, the STHS34PF80 sensor incorporates thermal transistors capable of detecting stationary objects, eliminating the need for the detected object to be in motion to trigger a response from the sensor. Additionally, while PIR sensors typically require a Fresnel lens for detecting moving objects, ST's new detector offers a simpler construction without the need for a lens.
  • April 2023: NEC Corporation, through its proprietary extraction technology, developed the world’s first highly sensitive uncooled infrared image sensors, which use high-purity semiconductor nanotubes for infrared detection.
  • January 2023: European consortium launched €19M infrared sensor project to enable Europe to gain technological sovereignty in producing high-performance infrared sensors.
  • In December 2022, Leonardo DRS secured a contract to supply third-generation FLIR sensors to the US Army. Under this agreement, the company will commence the production of the FLIR Dewar Cooler Bench (DCB) long-range sensor at a low rate. These new infrared sensors are intended to replace the Army's current second-generation sensors known as Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI). The DCB sensor is designed to convert infrared radiation into video images and enhance the Army's FLIR sights with next-generation capabilities. It will introduce various improvements in range and resolution to enhance situational awareness, particularly in challenging battlefield conditions or adverse weather.
  • March 2021:  Mitsubishi Electric Corporation launched the "Mitsubishi Electric Diode InfraRed (MelDIR) sensor" with a new thermal sensor featuring a wide field of view (FoV) and high 80x60 pixel resolution for applications including security, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), people counting, smart buildings and thermal scanners.

Infrared Sensor Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2022 US$0.533 billion
Market Size Value in 2029 US$1.127 billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 11.29% from 2022 to 2029
Study Period 2019 to 2029
Historical Data 2019 to 2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast Period 2024 – 2029
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered
  • Type
  • Application
  • Geography
Companies Covered
Regions Covered North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
Customization Scope Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Active
    • Passive
  • By Application
    • Motion Detectors
    • Proximity Sensors
    • Optical Power Meters
    • Radiation Thermometers
    • Night Vision Devices
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global infrared sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.29% during the forecast period.
Infrared Sensor Market was valued at US$0.533 billion in 2022.
The infrared sensor market is expected to reach a market size of US$1.127 billion by 2029.
The surge in automotive and electronic device production will boost the infrared sensor market growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold a significant share of the infrared sensor market.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline

1.8. Key Benefits for the stakeholder


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Processes


3.1. Key Findings

3.2. Analyst View


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

4.5. Analyst View


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Active

5.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.2.2. Growth Prospects

5.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

5.3. Passive

5.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

5.3.2. Growth Prospects

5.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Motion Detectors

6.2.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.2.2. Growth Prospects

6.2.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.3. Proximity Sensors

6.3.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.3.2. Growth Prospects

6.3.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.4. Optical Power Meters

6.4.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.4.2. Growth Prospects

6.4.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.5. Radiation Thermometers

6.5.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.5.2. Growth Prospects

6.5.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.6. Night Vision Devices

6.6.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.6.2. Growth Prospects

6.6.3. Geographic Lucrativeness

6.7. Others

6.7.1. Market Trends and Opportunities

6.7.2. Growth Prospects

6.7.3. Geographic Lucrativeness


7.1. Introduction

7.2. North America

7.2.1. By Type

7.2.2. By Application

7.2.3. By Country United States Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Canada Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Mexico Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

7.3. South America

7.3.1. By Type

7.3.2. By Application

7.3.3. By Country Brazil Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Argentina Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. By Type

7.4.2. By Application

7.4.3. By Country United Kingdom Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Germany Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects France Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Spain Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

7.5. Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. By Type

7.5.2. By Application

7.5.3. By Country Saudi Arabia Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects UAE Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Israel Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. By Type

7.6.2. By Application

7.6.3. By Country China Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Japan Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects India Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects South Korea Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects Others Market Trends and Opportunities Growth Prospects


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Market Share Analysis

8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

8.4. Competitive Dashboard


9.1. ABB

9.2. Amphenol

9.3. Excelitas Technologies Corp

9.4. Honeywell International Inc.

9.5. Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd

9.6. Omron Corporation

9.7. Panasonic

9.8. Raytheon Technologies Corporation

9.9. STM Electronics

9.10. TE Connectivity



Excelitas Technologies Corp

Honeywell International Inc.

Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd

Omron Corporation


Raytheon Technologies Corporation

STM Electronics

TE Connectivity