Distributed Temperature Sensing is a Real-Time Temperature Measurement Technique

Distributed temperature sensing (DTS) helps in making continuous measurements for the full length of the optical fiber. Previously measurements were made at pre-determined and discrete points which were not helpful in getting the right information. DTS uses the light pulses which are reflected by the optical fiber to measure the temperature and pressure changes more efficiently. Using DTS it is now possible to detect temperature changes which are smaller than 0.01°C. Also, DTS is a real-time temperature measurement technique which provides continuous monitoring for the whole length of the cable covering all the critical measurement points.

Presently, safety issues of the workers and manufacturing plants have become immensely important, also, rules and regulations pertaining safety standards have increased during recent years driving the DTS market. DTS provides continuous measurements of temperature and pressure through which leakage and fire could be detected to avoid any casualties. Moreover, with real time measurements DTS systems have become more reliable and organizations are counting on them for correct and precise information. Brownfield operations have increased worldwide where older facilities and sites are used for developing a new structures. With the help of real time monitoring, DTS is improving the brownfield operations. Monitoring techniques are extremely helpful in harsh working conditions such as negative temperatures, extremely high temperatures in desert areas or sites which are not entirely safe for workers such as underground and mid sea operations. However, the critical data generated by DTS is not being utilized properly which could reduce the efficiency and lead to a future complications. DTS generates data which could be used in various operations for improving the overall performance and if this data is not used properly it could lead to substantial loss. Also, the high initial costs of DTS systems is restraining their growth. Increasing subsea operations in the oil and gas industry provides high growth opportunities to the distributed temperature sensing market.

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Distributed temperature sensing market is segmented on the basis of fiber type, operating principle and application. On the basis of fiber type, distributed temperature sensing market is segmented into single-mode fiber and multi-mode fiber. Furthermore, according to operating principle, distributed temperature sensing market is segmented into optical time domain reflectometry (OTDR) and optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR). Key applications of distributed temperature sensing are oil and gas production, power cable monitoring, pipeline leakage detection, fire detection and other applications. On the basis of geography, the global distributed temperature sensing market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

The global distributed temperature sensing market is highly competitive in nature and is marked with the presence of several international and domestic key players. Major players in the distributed temperature sensing market include Halliburton Co., Sensornet Ltd., Innosys Industries, Inc., OFS Fitel Llc, LIOS Technology GMBH, Schlumberger NV, Omnisens SA, Yokogawa Electric Corp., Weatherford, International PLC, Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., Omicron Electronics GMBH, Tendeka B.V., AP Sensing GMBH and GESO