The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. In the last three years alone, there have been over 425,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in construction: sensor-integrated doors. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

80+ innovations will shape the construction industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the construction industry using innovation intensity models built on over 232,000 patents, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, robotic excavators, self-cleaning toilets, and smart waterproofing are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Sensor-integrated doors, eco-friendly HVACs, and automated slurry-blast tools are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is work vehicle cruise control, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the construction industry

Sensor-integrated doors is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Sensor-integrated doors refer to doors that are equipped with sensors, such as distance sensors, 3D image sensors, or rotary encoders, to detect the presence or movement of objects in or around the door. These sensors can be integrated into the door for various purposes, such as automatic opening and closing, security, or monitoring.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of sensor-integrated doors.

Key players in sensor-integrated doors – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.  

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to sensor-integrated doors

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
GEZE 134 Unlock Company Profile
Assaloy 100 Unlock Company Profile
Beacon Roofing Supply 37 Unlock Company Profile
Dormakaba 32 Unlock Company Profile
Otis Worldwide 23 Unlock Company Profile
Nabtesco 18 Unlock Company Profile
Schaltbau 14 Unlock Company Profile
F.X.Meiller Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik 10 Unlock Company Profile
Halma 9 Unlock Company Profile
Allegion 9 Unlock Company Profile
FAAC. 9 Unlock Company Profile
Memco 8 Unlock Company Profile
Gunnebo 8 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Electronics 8 Unlock Company Profile
JELD-WEN 7 Unlock Company Profile
Airdri 6 Unlock Company Profile
Griffon 6 Unlock Company Profile
Kyokko Electric 5 Unlock Company Profile
Sanwa 5 Unlock Company Profile
Comcast 4 Unlock Company Profile
EFAFLEX Tor- und Sicherheitssysteme 4 Unlock Company Profile
MinebeaMitsumi 4 Unlock Company Profile
Bode 4 Unlock Company Profile
Teleco Automation 3 Unlock Company Profile
Roto Frank 2 Unlock Company Profile
Bolivar Energy Authority 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hufcor 1 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
KONE 1 Unlock Company Profile
Shandong Gezhi Educational Development 1 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 1 Unlock Company Profile
Foshan Polytechnic 1 Unlock Company Profile
Rite Hite 1 Unlock Company Profile
FRABA 1 Unlock Company Profile
China Railway Group 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

GEZE is the leading filer in the area of sensor-integrated doors, ahead of other key players in this area, including Assa Abloy and Dormakaba Holdings. GEZE is among the world’s leading providers of innovative solutions for door technology, while Dormakaba’s EntriWorX EcoSystem includes predefined door templates for fire protection, accessibility, or access control that can be planned in accordance with standards and building regulations.

Among the leading players Dormakaba is ahead in terms of application diversity, along with Schaltbau Holding. By means of geographic reach, Nabtesco held the top position, followed by F.X.Meiller Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik and Allegion.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the construction industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things (IoT) in Construction.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.