Global Shortwave Infrared Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Global Shortwave Infrared Market is segmented by Technology (Uncooled and Cooled), Product Type (SWIR Area Cameras and SWIR Linear Cameras), End-user Industries (Defense and Military, Healthcare and Research, Automotive), and Geography.

Shortwave Infrared Market Size

shortwave infrared market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 8.6 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Shortwave Infrared Market Analysis

The Shortwave Infrared Market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period. The increasing applications of the technology across several end-user industries are driving the market. The applications are not limited to defense and healthcare, as shortwave infrared technology is increasingly adopted into the automotive sector owing to the rising demand for ADAS.

  • SWIR is used for testing purposes in various industries, such as semiconductor manufacturing. Along with this, the increasing need for miniaturization and low-power consumption technology across defense applications positively influences the market.
  • Favorable government initiatives aimed at military and defense equipment upgrades are expected to drive the SWIR market during the forecast period. Increasing applications in scientific research for surveillance and object detection also support the growth of this market. Also, the growing demand for SWIR products for monitoring and inspection application is expected to drive market growth. The primary advantage of using SWIR technology in military applications is that SWIR cameras can see through and image higher contrast images and provide data even through the mist, rain, and challenging atmospheric conditions.
  • SWIR cameras have emerged to provide surveillance for securing risky zones. They can be mounted on buildings, trucks, and unmanned aerial vehicles and can detect any human activity or threats. Moreover, such cameras are adopted by geologists for studying several physical aspects of the earth.
  • Additionally, SWIR has the advantage of low power consumption and can sense temperature, making it useful for detecting fires. A shortwave infrared sensor on the Earth Observation satellite from DigitalGlobe (an American commercial provider of space imagery and geospatial material) can see through dense smoke clouds from burning objects on the ground.
  • SWIR cameras are being used more frequently for vehicle navigation. As driverless vehicles become more common, SWIR technology can aid in navigating through fog, snow, dust, and rain. Due to the expanding use of SWIR cameras in autonomous vehicles, the Israeli firm TriEyeintends to create a SWIR camera for the dashboard of consumer cars that can successfully navigate through snow, fog, dust, and rain.
  • However, COVID-19 has caused a setback in the development of autonomous cars in the automotive industry as the global lockdown has impacted the testing of autonomous vehicles. Also, with the implementation of remote working, it is estimated that urbanization in most countries is decelerating as more people move to rural and suburban areas. This is causing testing and utilization challenges for Autonomous vehicles which delays their development and rollout time, hampering the growth of the studied market.

Shortwave Infrared Industry Segmentation

The Global Shortwave Infrared Market is segmented by Technology (Uncooled and Cooled), Product Type (SWIR Area Cameras and SWIR Linear Cameras), End-user Industries (Defense and Military, Healthcare and Research, Automotive, and Other End-User Industries), and Geography.

By Technology
By Product Type
SWIR Area Cameras
SWIR Linear Cameras
By End-User Industries
Defense and Military
Healthcare & Research
Other End-user
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Latin America
Middle-East & Africa

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Shortwave Infrared Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Shortwave Infrared Market according to our research experts:

The Military and Defense Sector is Expected to Drive the Market Growth

  • Infrared imaging is employed in defense applications to facilitate high-resolution vision and identification in near and total darkness. The infrared (IR) wavelengths are crucial for military and defense research and development because so much surveillance and targeting occur in darkness.
  • The SWIR region bridges the void between visible wavelengths and peak thermal sensitivity of infrared, scattering less than visible wavelengths and detecting low-level reflected light at longer distances, which is ideal for imaging through smoke and fog. Moreover, SWIR cameras are helpful security and surveillance devices, sometimes by themselves and often combined with other imagers.
  • Applications for these SWIR devices include facility, port, border security and surveillance, and other covert operations such as low-light-level imaging, military driver vision enhancement, and military IR laser spotting and tracking.
  • For instance, FLIR Systems makes InGaAsSWIR cameras based on its focal-plane array (FPA), which the company also sells separately. These FPAs have a capacitive trans-impedance amplifier circuit design optimized for applications ranging from security imaging to high-speed scientific laser testing, which requires multiple outputs and dynamic windowing.
  • Government spending on military and defense equipment may be one of the significant factors for the market's growth. For instance, according to the US Department of Defense, compared to the FY 2020 authorized amount of USD 704.6B, the President's budget request of USD 705.4B represents a minor gain in 2021. Further, according to the United Kingdom parliament, the defense spending in 2020/21 was GBP 42.4 billion in cash terms, a nominal rise of GBP 2.5 billion over the previous year. The yearly defense budget in 2024/25 is estimated to be GBP 6.2 billion more in cash terms than in 2020/21.
Global Shortwave Infrared Market

North America is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share

  • Owing to the presence of the United States and Canada, amongst the prominent automotive markets across the globe, the North American region is expected to hold a significant share of the SWIR market.
  • The United States also has the biggest defense budget in the world, making it a significant market for SWIR cameras and technology. For fiscal 2019, a new provision to the National Defense Authorization Act prohibits US federal agencies from purchasing security equipment made in China. They especially mentioned Chinese firms like Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. Other national vendors now have a great chance to fill the market void.
  • Further, with the advent of several disruptive technologies, the application areas of SWIR cameras have increased in several sectors, thereby acting as a growth opportunity for the providers of SWIR cameras in the region.
  • The capability of SWIR cameras to differentiate between colors and analyze properties like temperature, water vapor, and chemical composition of materials makes them suitable for applications like industrial inspection, art inspection, spectroscopy, and astronomy.
  • Thus, the companies in the region are striving to launch innovative products to cater to the evolving needs of their customers. For instance, in April 2022, TriEye, a producer of the first mass-market Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensing technology, announced a collaboration with Toshiba Teli, a global player in providing integrated cameras for automation. The two companies are working to commercialize a SWIR camera for industrial-related processes and applications. The partnership will leverage TriEye'sSWIR sensing technology to provide vision systems with an additional layer of information, reshaping the industrial sector and enhancing process capabilities.
Global Shortwave Infrared Market

Shortwave Infrared Industry Overview

Due to the presence of major vendors engaging in R&D to advance the technology provided, the shortwave infrared market is evolving toward a consolidated structure. The significant businesses include Princeton Instruments, Xenics, Sensors Unlimited (a United Technologies Company), FlirSystems Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., and Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

  • July 2022 - Artiluxand II-VI launched a miniature 3D camera that operates in the shortwave infrared. The camera, designed for 3D sensing in consumer devices and the automotive market, combines Artilux’s GeSi sensor arrays with II-VI’s indium phosphide semiconductor lasers. It features a high-bandwidth and high-quantum-efficiency GeSiSWIR sensor array based on a scalable CMOS technology platform.
  • October 2021 - SWIR Vision Systems Inc., a next-generation image sensor solutions company catering to industrial automation, autonomous vehicles, and other applications, announced that it had closed a USD 5 million Series A financing round. Based on a unique quantum-dot photodiode sensor design, SWIR Vision’s patented sensor solutions have provided high resolution, commercially available short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) cameras worldwide. The funding round is reported to aid the company in enhancing its technical abilities.

Shortwave Infrared Market Leaders

  1. Flir Systems Inc.

  2. Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

  3. Sensors Unlimited

  4. Teledyne Princeton Instruments

  5. Xenics

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

 Flir Systems Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.,  Sensors Unlimited, Teledyne Princeton Instruments, Xenics, Leonardo DRS, Sofradir, Allied Vision Technologies GmbH

Shortwave Infrared Market News

  • February 2022 - Espoo, Finland-based Emberionannounced that it had raised EUR 6 million to address the needs of the machine vision and surveillance markets for VIS-SWIR (Visible/Short Wave Infrared) cameras with a broad spectrum and wide dynamic range imaging performance. Emberionstrives to bridge the gap in the market for [short-wave infrared] SWIR cameras with no sensors covering such a wide spectral range and the high cost of existing cameras.
  • January 2022 - UCID Vision Labs, Inc., a designer, and manufacturer of industrial vision cameras, launched the latest Atlas SWIR IP67-rated 1.3 MP and 0.3 MP cameras. The Atlas SWIR is a GigE PoE+ camera featuring wide-band and high-sensitivity Sony SenSWIR1.3 MP IMX990 and 0.3 MP IMX991 InGaAssensors, capable of capturing images across visible and invisible light spectrums and boasting a miniaturized pixel size of 5μm.

Shortwave Infrared Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    4. 4.4 Market Drivers

      1. 4.4.1 Increasing Applications across End-user Industries

      2. 4.4.2 Need for Miniaturisation and Low-power Consumption Technology

    5. 4.5 Market Restraints

      1. 4.5.1 High Cost of SWIR Cameras and Detectors

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Uncooled

      2. 5.1.2 Cooled

    2. 5.2 By Product Type

      1. 5.2.1 SWIR Area Cameras

      2. 5.2.2 SWIR Linear Cameras

    3. 5.3 By End-User Industries

      1. 5.3.1 Defense and Military

      2. 5.3.2 Healthcare & Research

      3. 5.3.3 Automotive

      4. 5.3.4 Other End-user

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle-East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Flir Systems Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

      3. 6.1.3 Sensors Unlimited (United Technologies Company)

      4. 6.1.4 Teledyne Princeton Instruments

      5. 6.1.5 Xenics

      6. 6.1.6 Leonardo DRS

      7. 6.1.7 Sofradir

      8. 6.1.8 Allied Vision Technologies GmbH

      9. 6.1.9 InView Technology Corporation

      10. 6.1.10 IRCameras LLC

      11. 6.1.11 Raptor Photonics

      12. 6.1.12 Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc.

      13. 6.1.13 Sierra-Olympic Systems, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Shortwave Infrared Market Research FAQs

The Global Shortwave Infrared Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Global Shortwave Infrared Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Flir Systems Inc., Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Sensors Unlimited, Teledyne Princeton Instruments, Xenics are the major companies operating in Global Shortwave Infrared Market.

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