Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee and Thread Lead
ON World’s recently published Wireless Sensor Networks Markets report covers 50 wireless Internet of Things (IoT) market segments and all of the major WSN technologies including ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, Thread, Bluetooth Smart, WiFi, EnOcean, Z-Wave and others.
San Diego, CA Sept. 30, 2014— Multi-purpose wireless sensor network (WSN) devices using multiple sensors and communication technologies are revolutionizing the Internet of Things, according to global technology research firm ON World.
“Wireless sensing is one of the key innovation areas for the Internet of Things,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “Advanced power management techniques, mesh networking and MEMS sensors have made WSN a reality and now the focus is on expanding the capabilities of individual devices without increasing costs through highly integrated components.”
IEEE 802.15.4-- including ZigBee, the IP wireless mesh Thread protocol, and others-- will have the largest number of cumulative shipments for WSN markets between 2013 and 2018. However, Bluetooth Smart will take lead in annual shipments at this time as its use continues to grow in new mobile sensing markets as well as expanding opportunities for existing WSN markets.
By 2018, IEEE 802.15.4, Bluetooth Smart and WiFi will make up over 80% of the WSN unit shipments. Within the next few years, multi-mode chipsets will become widespread, supporting more applications and choices while lowering costs.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) industry expands, competition has intensified for WSN companies and consolidation through acquisitions is underway. But this has not slowed the number of new entrants and startups. By the end of 2013, WSN startups had raised $3.4 billion in venture funding and the majority of this was raised within the last few years. In addition, many startups are seeding their ventures with crowd funding. The number of open IoT developer platforms has accelerated recently with Nest’s open API developer program, Apple’s HomeKit and SmartThings, a recent Samsung acquisition.
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