Wireless Sensor Networks Evolving From New Power Management Options

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New WTRS Report finds that extended operation on battery power or the use of energy harvesting technologies is a key requirement in the deployment of wireless sensor networks that will define the competitive landscape going forward.

Overall it is clear that there is demand for solutions that manage the energy consumed by a wireless sensor network. As the wireless sensor network market matures, it is inevitable that demand for low power management will increase significantly.

ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 are standard wireless sensor network protocols providing advantages in Home Automation, Industrial Automation, Building Control, Smart Metering, and power management markets. Until recently the industry lacked the capability to provide a vertical suite of development tools to assist companies unfamiliar with wireless technology in the development, integration and deployment of wireless sensor network functionality.

"We have observed an interesting trend during the first quarter of 2008, namely an expansion in the number of approaches to solve the problem of deploying wireless sensor networks for applications, lacking a ready, convenient or affordable access to mains power," said Kirsten West, PhD, principal analyst with WTRS. "Overall it is clear that there is demand for solutions that manage the energy consumed by a wireless sensor network. As the wireless sensor network market matures, it is inevitable that demand for low power management will increase significantly."

The WTRS Wireless Sensor Network Technology Trends Report, Summer 2008 edition, analyzes and forecasts the market for Wireless Sensor Networks. The report includes a thorough evaluation of emerging Wireless Sensor Network technologies and associated software including ZigBee, Z-Wave, INSTEON, IEEE 802.15.4, and other proprietary options. The report also
.    tracks the formation of industry alliances and SIGs
.    describes the development of standards
.    analyzes the potential market opportunities for component OEMs
.    explains initial versus long-range drivers in the market
.    analyzes potential partnership opportunities and existing alliances
.    contains an in-depth assessment and analysis of chipsets
.    analyzes potential markets
.    evaluates the participating OEMs
.    reviews strategic partnerships and industry trends
The report also provides a 5-year forecast that details sales volume, unit shipments, and average selling price by vertical market segment as well as by geography.

Companies mentioned include:
Airbee, ANT Alliance, Arch Rock, Atmel, Bluetooth SIG, Braun-Nutone, Cirronet, Control4, Coronis, Crossbow, Daintree, Digi, Dust Networks, Dynastream Innovations, Ember, Eaton, EnOcean, EnOcean Alliance, Eazix, FlexPanel, Freescale, Frontline, GainSpan, Greenpeak, Helicomm, Integration Associates, Itron, IWT, Jennic, Korwin, L.S. Research, Lemos Intl., Leviton, LG, MaxStream, Meshnetics, OKI Semiconductor, One RF Technology, Panasonic, Radiocrafts, Sensicast, Sharp, Siemens, SmartLabs, Synapsense, Tendril, Texas Instruments, UBEC, Virtual Extension, Zensys, ZigBee Alliance.

WTRS Wireless Sensor Network Technology Trends Report Summer 2008
92 pages
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WTRS (West Technology Research Solutions) is a California-based research, publishing and consulting company providing the leading viewpoint on emerging wireless technologies, markets and applications. With a nine-year record of successful growth, we're ready to help your company make market decisions and plan for the future.

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