The digital scent technology market is expected to grow from USD 1.0 billion in 2021 to USD 1.5 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.2%. Expanding application and advancements in e-nose technologies,increasing use of e-nose devices for disease diagnostic applications, and emerging R&D activities to invent e-nose to sniff out COVID-19, and rising use of e-nose in food industry for quality assurance in production, storage, and display—are the key factors driving the digital scent technology market.
Based on the hardware device, the digital scent technology market has been divided into e-nose and scent synthesizer. E-nose held the highest share in 2020. E-nose traditionally is used in sectors such as food & beverages and cosmetics for quality control. Now, e-noses are majorly used in medical diagnosis, environmental protection, and explosives detection. Some major companies and research organizations, such as the eNose Company (Netherlands), Le Laboratoire (France), and Scent Sciences Corporation (US), develop e-noses. E-noses are classified on the basis of different sensors. The more commonly used sensors for e-noses include polymer sensors, piezoelectric sensors, MOSFET sensors, and optical fiber sensors.
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On the basis of applications, the market is categorized into food & beverage, military & defense, medical, marketing, environmental monitoring, entertainment, and others. The food & beverage segment requires an efficient and cost-effective device which can sense the smell of food and provide accurate information about its quality. There is significant interest in methods for the early detection of quality changes in food products. The development of e-nose technology has stimulated interest in the use of characteristic volatiles and odors as a rapid, early indication of deterioration in food quality. Some of the major manufacturers producing digital scent technology products for food & beverages applications are Alpha MOS SA (France), ScentSational Technologies (US), and Electronics Sensor Technology (US).
Among all regions, APAC is expected to register the highest growth in the digital scent technology market during the forecast period. China, Japan, India,and Rest of APAC are covered under the APAC digital scent technology market analysis. China is among the fastest-growing economies in APAC, owing to its huge population, followed by India. Technological advancements and elevating use of electronic noses for agriculture and food & beverage applications fuel the growth of the digital scent technology market in APAC. The aforementioned factors are driving the growth of the digital scent technology market in APAC.