An erratic global economy did not prevent the industrial Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) market from doubling over the past two years.
Early adopters have demonstrated that WSN is secure, reliable and can be targeted at new monitoring and control solutions that were previously deemed too expensive or located in prohibitively difficult environments.
Networks are expanding with several current deployments that have over 3,000 WSN nodes.
For this report, ON World collaborated with the International Society of Automation (ISA), HART Communication Foundation (HCF) and the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) to conduct a survey on WSN with 216 industrial automation professionals.
ON World's study found that 70% of the surveyed end users are planning WSN or additional WSN deployments within the next 18 months.
The migration to standards has been rapid with approximately an equal number of respondents preferring WirelessHART or a hybrid strategy that includes WirelessHART and ISA100.11a.
This report covers the global market for Wireless Sensor Networking (WSN) in industrial automation including the following:
Target Markets & Solutions: Identification of the largest and fastest growing WSN markets in three landscapes: process, vertical and discrete/factory automation. Analysis of the drivers/forces and adoption trends in more than 60 target markets/applications.
Forecasts: Five year market size forecasts by product segment (e.g. wireless field devices, gateways), revenues (e.g. WSN equipment and services), application, target market, technology/topology (by chipset), power source, new versus displaced applications, and by geography.
Survey Results: Key findings with 216 industrial automation professionals on the current adoption trends, applications, needs, wants and preferences, supported standards, satisfaction level with current WSN systems and future plans.
Technology Dynamics: Comprehensive technology evaluation on the standards situation, potentially disruptive technologies, and technology requirements for WSN technologies such as 802.15.4, WirelessHART, ISA100.11a, ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth/802.15.1 and other point-to-point/point-to-multipoint wireless technologies.
Competitive Landscape: Segmentation, disruption and sustainability analysis, profiles on 85 companies including platform providers and software developers, WSN systems manufacturers, component suppliers and energy harvesting startups.
Patent Evaluation: 300 awarded/filed patents in four product segments.
ON World has conducted research on industrial Wireless Sensor Networking since 2002 and has published dozens of reports on this and related areas.