World record-breaking new sensor technology and its implications for the energy, transport, and space sectors

Innoseis Sensor Technologies has evolved from a startup at Amsterdam Science Park to a global leader in sensor development. These sensors are already in use by the European Space Agency. However, CEO Mark Beker envisions numerous potential applications for his work, including solutions for self-driving cars and underground construction projects.

What is Innoseis Sensor Technologies currently working on?

We are currently focusing on new application areas for our sensors. Our focus has shifted from the older application areas, primarily focused on creating 3D images of the subsurface, to new ones, such as (aero)space and mobility. For this, we have created new sensors that are even smaller and lighter. Because they are so small yet very sensitive, they can also be applied in other areas, such as self-driving cars and drones or satellites. They are essentially motion detectors. They measure the movement of the object to which they are attached, which can be the Earth, a drone, or a satellite. Due to their high sensitivity, they can be used to precisely determine how something moves and therefore, where it is.

We’ve recently collaborated with the European Space Agency on a project. When a satellite needs to adjust its orbit, a small rocket is fired, and our sensor can precisely measure how that satellite moves due to the rocket’s thrust. In that project, we demonstrated that our sensor achieved a world record in sensitivity.

What future do you see for this product?

Because our sensors are much more sensitive, we believe we can tap into entirely new markets—satellite positioning, self-driving cars, drones, and aircraft markets, and beyond into markets that we don’t even know exist yet. Markets where people need such a sensor but where it hasn’t been available until now.

Could you provide an example of one of these potential markets?

Automation is increasing in various industries; even in healthcare, there is more use of mechanized devices for surgery and measurements. Often, very precise small movements need to be made, and our sensors can measure them very accurately. And because the sensors are very small, they might fit into a robotic arm for surgery.

Are there any partners you would like to collaborate with?

Certainly, we are always looking for partners. We are continually seeking new customers, companies that appreciate our technology. Recently we signed a partnership agreement with an Australian company to develop a seismic measurement device for on the Moon! We would also be interested in partnering with an innovative automotive company, such as Lightyear in Eindhoven or Tesla. We would also be interested in connecting with an aircraft manufacturer like Airbus or Boeing.

How do you see these collaborations evolving in the coming years?

We hope to strengthen our partnerships in the coming years. That’s always a positive development. It can lead to new opportunities in terms of commercialization and valorisation. On the commercial front, we hope to establish more contacts to drive more sales. Additionally, we have a relationship with ESA. While they are not primarily a commercial entity, they have extensive contacts in the industry. We hope that through these connections, they are creating more visibility for us in that market, allowing us to establish more contacts with aerospace companies in that sector.

What do you think the Amsterdam Science Park ecosystem offers tech companies like InnoSeis?

The ecosystem is valuable because it comprises a pool of talent, including students, professors, academics, and more. There are excellent facilities, which we make use of. We do pay for these facilities, but if they weren’t right next door, the barrier to using them would be much higher. So, that’s very convenient. In addition to talent and facilities, there is a wealth of knowledge.

When we were still a startup, I found it very beneficial that there was an incubator on the Science Park. We greatly benefited from the incubator program at ACE venture lab, which I found very valuable. There are also various support companies on Amsterdam Science Park that we utilize, including accountants, lawyers, consultants, and similar services.

Amsterdam Science Park offers endless opportunities for co-creation, bringing business together with talent, researchers and startups. Contact the Science and Business team to help you find a good match and become part of the park’s dynamic environment.

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