120 Million Industrial LPWAN Connections by 2025
San Diego, California, May 24, 2016-- Within the next decade, Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) will disrupt the industrial wireless sensor network (WSN) market and enable over a hundred million industrial Internet of Things connections, according to a recently published report by global technology research firm ON World.
“LPWANs have distinct advantages over existing industrial wireless sensing and tracking technologies,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “While network range is the most obvious advantage, the biggest strength of LPWANs over existing wireless technologies is pushing end node complexity to the cloud.”
LPWANs present an opportunity and threat to existing industrial WSN solution providers. Twelve years ago when ON World published its first industrial WSN report, WSN was a disruptor of wired industrial sensing networks and from this came mesh standards such as WirelessHART, ISA100.11a and Wi-SUN. The challenges of wireless mesh sensor networking include long product development cycles, expensive gateways and advanced network management using technologies that were developed before the cloud was mature enough to create a business model around.
ON World’s recently completed survey with 100 industrial IoT professionals found that three-quarters are aware of LPWANs and over half are researching or developing LPWAN products and services.
LPWANs’ biggest impact will be on enabling new IoT markets and solutions. By 2025, ON World projects that there will be 120 million industrial, agriculture and logistics LPWAN connections and two thirds will be unique IoT applications that would not exist without LPWAN technology.
For this report, ON World conducted several network tests to uncover the potential for LPWAN technologies including network ranges in specific application scenarios and expected battery lifetime for near real-time pressure sensor application and GPS magnetometer location smart tags.
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