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104 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2018 focused on conflict resolution, not placing un- due burdens on upstream manufacturers. To- day, the U.S. and European governments are addressing these issues. For 2018, our global policy priorities include: • Advocating for workforce policies that help IPC members attract and retain more skilled talent • Strengthening the defense industrial base • Ensuring that environmental regulations are based on sound science and a fair balance of costs and benefits • Promoting a conflict resolution approach to avoid overly burdensome reporting that does not have the desired effect for conflict minerals • Adding our voice to the rising debate over electronics and motor vehicles • Advocating for intellectual property protection • Ramping up our advocacy and presence in China and the Asia-Pacific region • Supporting open and fair free trade agreements • Advancing efforts to lower corporate tax rates while maintaining incentives for investment and innovation Which of these policy issues concerns you and affects your company the most? We'd love to hear your insights and experience, and are eager to have your participation in our advoca- cy efforts. For more information on our govern- ment relations efforts please contact Ken Sch- ramko, Director of Government Relations [2] . If you plan on attending IPC APEX EXPO, I encourage you to attend two GR-related events to learn more about IPC's advocacy efforts: a technical conference session on defense elec- tronics on Tuesday, February 27, and a Buzz session on China environmental issues on Wednesday, February 28. For more informa- tion on these events, visit the IPC APEX EXPO show site [3] . PCB007 References 1. IPC Political Action Committee 2. KenSchramko@ipc.org or 202-661-8094. 3. www.ipcapexexpo.org John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries. To read past columns or to contact Mitchell, click here. The unattended ground sensors market is projected to grow from $363.8 million in 2017 to $457.9 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.71% from 2017 to 2022. The changing na- ture of warfare and rise in the terrorism, geopolitical is- sues, and insurgencies across countries in the world are key factors driving the growth of this market. However, operational issues such as false alarms and power man- Unattended Ground Sensors Market to be Worth $458M by 2022 agement are projected to hinder the market growth. In ad- dition, susceptibility of sensor networks to cyber-attacks acts as a key challenge to the growth of the market. Fac- tors such as the need for enhanced situational aware- ness, advances in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and wireless sensor networks, and rise in incidences of bor- der trespassing coupled with the upgrade of the existing border security infrastructure offer key growth opportuni- ties to manufacturers of unattended ground sensors. Infrared sensors are designed to alert users regarding an intruder's presence through transmission of an infra- red light beam across the zone. An infrared sensor mea- sures the heat being emitted as well as notices the mo- tion of the object. It also detects the electromagnetic ra- diated energy generated by sources that produce temper- atures below that of visible light.

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