Could such components find their way into mobile phones where some vendors have been touting environmental sensors and environmental sensor hubs as the next wave of sensorification? "Although NDIR is accurate and power efficient it is still fairly bulky," said Weir "While GSS offers the most power efficient and smallest fitting it in the profile of smartphone would still be a challenge," he said. That is not the direction GSS is pursuing right now preferring to stay in the camp of lower volume and higher value engineering, Weir said.
However, from instrumentation and industrial applications it is a shorter hop to automotive sensing where there is a safety case for CO2 measurement in the cabin to guard against drowsiness. "Automotive is a market we will be looking to address, either by licensing or partnership," said Weir. He added that it would be unwise for GSS to try and enter that market without a partner that has automotive supply chain experience.
Meanwhile Weir has to navigate GSS through the rapids of sensor industry consolidation. In the last couple of years, a number of smaller sensing companies across Europe have been swept up by larger companies seeking to build a broad portfolio. In June 2016
Austria's AMS alone acquired AppliedSensor GmbH in June 2014, an environmental sensor business unit from NXP Semiconductors NV in July 2015, and gas sensor company Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd. in June 2016.
Weir's response was that such hazards – or potential pay days, depending on your point of view – always exist and that his focus is on continuing to build a successful engineering company that will have global scale and reach.
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