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Key to the ability to successfully commercialize this technology is to build the applications requiring a large number of sensors, while devising the production techniques capable of producing a large number of sensors at low cost. Magnetometers are used in low numbers today, because they are expensive and consume a lot of power. Simultaneously deploying more sensors (made possible by lower-power lower-cost sensors) makes magnetometers considerably more useful, because anomalies may be analyzed more thoroughly and in real time.

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This new technology allows for several orders of magnitude increases in both the production capability and the applications requirements. However, such increases may not be reached in a single step. Geometrics has outlined three generations of technologies, each with an order of magnitude improvement in production capability and applicability. First, geophysical applications will be targeted with laser-driven sensors with power consumption of 2W. Secondly, certain military applications will benefit from micro-fabricated sensors. Finally, long-term monitoring applications provide a market potential of millions of sensors of extremely low power and lower cost, which may be met with wafer-scale production techniques.

comm2Production costs may be lowered if sensors are used in higher quantities; higher quantities of sensors may be used if they are available at a lower cost. This cycle may be taken in steps, using different manufacturing technologies as the demand grows. This in turn generates more demand as cheaper sensors are available.

 

All of these applications and production techniques are currently under development by Geometrics and its partners. Geometrics, with its reputation for expertise and long history of support for magnetometry and its applications, is uniquely positioned to form strong partnerships with well-positioned companies both for applications as well as the sensor production.

Geometrics is actively seeking additional partnerships with groups interested in the application of these highly sensitive magnetometers.
 

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