The efforts for the economic valorisation of the work conducted would bear fruit in 2004. This is the year when FiberSensing was created and pre-incubated at INESC TEC.
Founder group of spin-off FiberSensing, in 2004
It was not long before the pioneer spin-off stood out as a world leader in the supply of systems to measure and monitor critical physical assets, using optical fibre Bragg gratings.
The Rossio Tunnel, in Lisbon, is yet another building which features FiberSensing technology. Over 2.8 kilometres, profiles pre-instrumented with sensors make it possible to continuously assess the structural health of the railway tunnel. This project was instrumental for FiberSensing, as the company had only been created two years prior.
FiberSensing started with ten employees, of which 9 were former members of INESC TEC, but the company managed to increase its workforce to 40 employees in 10 years. At the time, the company was already working with dozens of clients from all over the world, exporting 98% of its production to the USA, China, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Singapore, Taiwan, Russia, Canada and Australia, with a turnover of 2.8M€.
In 2014, the company was acquired by Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (HBM - Test and Measurement), a world leader in testing and measurement equipment. Today, FiberSensing is responsible for the German multinational’s entire optical sensing activity, with a team of more than 1,600 people and is present in over 80 countries.
The technology produced by the company is used in multiple areas: aerospace energy, wind power, industry, defence, oil and gas, research centres and laboratories, universities. In the civil engineering sector alone, the company has already sold over ten thousand sensors that are being used in 56 bridges and 110 tunnel sections in 25 countries ‑ the Brooklyn Bridge in New York is one of the most iconic structures to use sensors made by FiberSensing.