More than simply replacing wires to reach remote locations, wireless sensor networks have enabled a new level of cloud-connected smart object intelligence that has provided new opportunities for industrial production, safety and energy savings
San Diego, California (PRWEB) March 31, 2015
ON World’s survey on industrial wireless sensor networking-- featured in InTech Magazine's March/April issue—shows that deployments are accelerating worldwide with increasing network sizes and a growing number of first-time users.
“More than simply replacing wires to reach remote locations, wireless sensor networks have enabled a new level of cloud-connected smart object intelligence that has provided new opportunities for industrial production, safety and energy savings,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.
In collaboration with the International Society of Automation (ISA), ON World’s Q4 2014 survey was completed with 220 industrial automation professionals worldwide. The survey found a growing number of first-time users as well as two times as many deployments of 500 or more nodes compared with a previous survey in 2012.
Growing Number of First-Time Users
Adoption of wireless mesh sensor networks has grown from 56% of end users (e.g., manufacturers, oil and gas companies), that have deployed mesh nodes compared with 46% two years ago. End users are about 20% more satisfied with their WSN systems today compared with the 2012 survey and over 80% are planning additional applications. The survey found that the lowest rankings are for “seamless network integration” and “battery lifetime.”
500+ Networks Doubled Since 2012
Industrial WSN adopters are deploying larger networks with network densities above 500 nodes doubling since 2012. WirelessHART is used by two times more WSN adopters than ISA100.11a. However, IP addressability for sensors— one of the features of ISA100.11a-- is ranked higher today as an important feature. In the current survey, 54% of WSN users rank IP addressable sensors as “important” or “most important” compared with 45% two years ago.
By 2018, wireless sensor networks will expand the total market for industrial field instruments by over 20% and 1 in 3 of the device shipments will be wireless at this time.
Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks Global Survey provides actionable data on WSN adoption trends, needs/wants and satisfaction levels for WSN end users, planners, adopters and engineers. The current survey, completed in Q4 2014, is compared with a previous survey in Q2 2012. The survey may be purchased separately or as part of a report set that includes Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks that provides in-depth market analysis and global forecasts on industrial WSNs across six application areas in 14 target market segments within process automation, factory automation and vertical/hybrid industries.
The report synopses and free executive summaries are available from: http://www.onworld.com/smartindustries/set
About ON World
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The International Society of Automation (http://www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.
ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (http://www.automationfederation.org), an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (http://www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (http://www.isa100wci.org).
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