WSN chipset advances and end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) networks are providing developers with new opportunities to extend their smart devices, apps and cloud service offerings.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012
Wireless sensor network (WSN) developers are finding an expanding ecosystem with Internet of Things markets, according to a recent survey by global technology research firm ON World.
“The breadth of WSN innovations makes it challenging for manufacturers, developers and service providers to keep up with the latest changes,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “This landscape is becoming more diverse as WSN solutions emerge for health and fitness, smart energy, lighting, transportation and personal/lifestyle sensors.”
WSN chipset advances and end-to-end Internet Protocol (IP) networks are providing developers with new opportunities to extend their smart devices, apps and cloud service offerings. Emerging application areas in health and fitness are benefiting from ultra-low power consumption body area networks powered with energy harvesting.
In collaboration with several industry alliances, ON World recently completed a survey with leading WSN equipment/device manufacturers, service providers, software developers, systems integrators, component suppliers and end users. Participants include members of the Bluetooth SIG, CABA, Continua Health Alliance, EnOcean Alliance, IPSO Alliance, ZigBee Alliance and Z-Wave Alliance.
A few of the key findings include the following:
- The smart home is currently targeted by nearly two thirds of the respondents.
- Energy management and lighting are the most commonly targeted current WSN application areas.
- 43% are planning WSN solutions for health and fitness.
- Likely high growth markets include personal/lifestyle sensors, home and building controls, and smart city applications such as traffic sensing and parking management.
- Nearly half of the respondents are using ZigBee followed by WiFi, 6LoWPAN and Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart).
- Data reliability, equipment costs and battery lifetime are the top three most important WSN adoption considerations.
- Energy harvesting is ranked as one of the top five most important WSN innovation areas and 40% of the respondents have at least tested energy harvesting.
ON World’s recently published reports “802.15.4 & ZigBee: Expanding Markets, Growing Threats” and “Wireless Sensor Networks: 2012 Survey” analyze the global market opportunity for WSN technologies such as IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean and others.
The report synopses and a free executive summary are available from: http://onworld.com/wsn/
About ON World:
ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. http://www.onworld.com
Mary E. Purvis