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ResearchAndMarkets features report on global distributed acoustic sensing market (2020 to 2025)

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The "Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) Market by Component (Interrogator Units, Visualisation Software), fibre Type (Single-mode Fibre and Multimode fibre), Industry (Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Transportation), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to's offering.

The global DAS market is projected to reach US$792 million by 2025 from US$513 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.4% from 2020 to 2025.

DAS systems are being used across various industry verticals such as oil and gas, infrastructure, military, and transportation. Distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) involves the use of optoelectronic systems to measure acoustic signals along the length of an optical fibre. Real-time acoustic signals can be monitored along tens of kilometres of fibre length.

Unlike traditional, electrical powered sensors, DAS systems are immune to electromagnetic interferences, have a higher range, a longer lifespan, and can also operate in harsh environments. Increased digitisation in the oil and gas industry has led to an increase in the use of DAS systems for production and pipeline monitoring, as well as in optimising the life of an oil well. This has led to their use in other industries such as military and infrastructure, which is also driving the overall DAS market

Market for DAS systems using multimode fibre to grow at higher CAGR during forecast period

Multimode fibres are mostly used for distributes temperature sensing (DTS) applications however, they can be used for DAS systems as well. Multimode fibres are utilised in a few specialised downhole operations (such as operations in tight gas wells and hydraulic fracturing operations) in oilfields. Although multimode fibres have a lower range, they can eliminate signal fading. Many of the existing oil wells have deployed distributed temperature sensing (DTS) systems, which utilise multimode fibres and using DAS systems with existing multimode fibres allow temperature and acoustic measurements with one type of fibre can greatly expand the use of DAS technology. Hence, the market for multimode fibres is expected to witness faster growth during the forecast period compared to single-mode fibres.

Hardware component to hold largest share of DAS market in 2020

There are two primary hardware components used in a DAS system: optical fibre cable and interrogator unit. The interrogator unit is much more expensive compared to fibre-optic cables if the overall hardware cost is taken into account. DAS systems being used to monitor large distances in thousands of kilometres require the deployment of several interrogator units as well as optical fibre cables to cover such large distances. Hence, the hardware component is expected to hold the largest share of the DAS market during the forecast period compared to the market for visualisation software and services.

Americas to hold largest share of DAS market in 2020

The DAS market is dominated by the Americas, with North America contributing to the majority share of the market compared to South America. North America comprises of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The presence of major players in the region, such as Schlumberger (US) and Halliburton (US) is one of the key drivers for the demand for DAS systems in this region. The increase in shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing activities has boosted the growth of the oil and gas industry in the region.

The Americas are expected to be one of the most affected markets for DAS systems due to COVID-19. In North America, the US and Canada account for the world's largest and third-largest network of oil and gas pipelines, respectively. In oil wells, both hydraulic fracturing and offshore drilling activities will likely be put on hold due to a decrease in oil prices, which will affect the potential installation of DAS systems. In addition, most South American countries are heavily dependent on oil and gas exports for the growth of their economy. Hence, a decrease in oil production will also have an adverse effect on the DAS market due to the fall in the GDP.

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