News Article | July 26, 2017
The 802.15.4 market has gained momentum from multi-protocol chips that combine it with competing technologies such as Bluetooth Smart and WiFi, according to global technology research firm ON World. “Low-cost chips that support both 802.15.4 and Bluetooth has removed the network compatibility objection,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “This is a large win for IoT solution providers as they can now create a new generation of applications that combine the strengths of both protocols.” Dual mode 802.15.4/Bluetooth chips are currently available from Qualcomm, NXP, Qorvo and Silicon Labs. The news for 802.15.4 gets even better with Qualcomm’s new tri-mode offering that supports Bluetooth Smart, 802.15.4 and WiFi. This system on a chip (SOC) also supports Zigbee 3, Thread, Android Things, Azure and AWS. Annual shipments for 802.15.4 chips will reach 1 billion by 2022. Over the past two years, 802.15.4 unit shipments more than doubled for smart home solutions. Examples include Nest’s smart thermostats, smoke detectors and recently cameras too; SmartThings’ hubs and sensors; Philips’ smart light bulbs and Comcast’s Xfinity Home with 1 million subscribers. WiFi routers and access points are also appearing with 802.15.4 and Bluetooth Smart using the latest multi-protocol SoCs. While the smart home will be the largest 802.15.4 market, there are dozens of other growing 802.15.4 markets including at-home health monitoring, building-wide IoT platforms, streetlight monitoring, metering, industrial automation and others. An example of this accelerating growth worldwide is TEPCO in Japan that currently has ten million 802.15.4g/e Wi-SUN meters as part of its race to get 27 million smart meters installed before the 2020 Olympics. With combo chips solving the network challenge for smart homes and buildings, the biggest threat to 802.15.4 will come primarily from Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) in commercial services, logistics, smart city, agriculture and other industrial verticals. ON Word’s recently published report, “802.15.4 IoT Markets,” is based on 2,000 recent surveys and interviews with IoT end users, developers, suppliers and consumers. It covers the opportunities and threats for 802.15.4 in 22 unique market segments including 6-year market size unit forecasts by product design (e.g., chipset/module), technology, geography and average sale price. It also includes current 802.15.4 chipset market shares and an in-depth value system analysis with 80+ companies. A free executive summary is available from ON World’s website at: http://www.onworld.com/zigbee. About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | July 7, 2017
After billions of dollars of electric vehicle infrastructure investment, plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) early adopters continue to have strong concerns about charging availability, according to a study by ON World. “Charging infrastructure is an enormous investment opportunity,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “The millions of PEVs in use over the next few years will require smart charging solutions that provide network management, dynamic billing, energy savings and vehicle-to-grid Integration.” Although 80% of charging is done at home, public charging availability is the number one concern. ON World’s 2017 survey with 2,000 U.S. EV early adopters found that over half are concerned about the availability of public charging stations. Of those interested in EVs, three quarters would prefer a vehicle that supports a minimum of 300 miles per charge. More than two-thirds of the respondents aged 18-34 are interested in PEVs with 4 in 5 of these preferring 300+ miles per charge. California has over 30% of the U.S. PEV drivers and an even higher percentage of public chargers. Fifty-seven percent are concerned about public charging availability and 54% are concerned about the time it takes to charge up their vehicle. California’s three major investor-owned utilities are seeking approval to install tens of thousands of electric charging stations worth $1 billion over the next five years. Telsa will be spending billions in new charging infrastructure to support its upcoming Model 3 mass market EV. ON World’s evaluation of 2,200 recently awarded patents found that PEV charging is a key research and development area. The companies with the highest charging IP market impact include Toyota, Bosch, Ford, Nissan and Hitachi. In 2022, there will be 1.2 million Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) connectors installed in North America. Last year, installations in the 14 commercial EV charging market segments that ON World analyzed increased 65%. Over the next five years, the fastest growing markets will be the workplace, fleets, government and hospitality. For a free executive summary and more information about ON Word’s study, “Electric Vehicle Smart Charging,” go to: http://www.onworld.com/evsmartcharging About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | May 24, 2017
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News Article | June 21, 2017
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News Article | September 20, 2017
Billions of connected "things" are a reality as wireless sensor networks (WSN) integrate with massively scaled cloud services, according to the latest study by global IoT research firm ON World. “Plummeting chipset prices, multi-protocol radios and free cloud infrastructure offerings will ensure more IoT devices are connected to the Internet than users within the next two years,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “This has accelerated IoT adoption as the network incompatibility argument fades away and applications become the primary differentiator.” Zigbee is the leading WSN technology for smart homes and buildings with its robust mesh networking and migration path to IP using the Thread protocol. Dominant in the wearables market, BLE is growing even faster for WSN applications such as lighting controls, door locks, thermostats and industrial sensors. BLE opportunities will grow even faster with the completion of Bluetooth mesh in July. Combo chips that include BLE, 802.15.4, WiFi and/or proprietary protocols in the same chip are a growing trend. A few of the WSN suppliers with combo chips and mesh networking include Nordic Semiconductor, NXP, Qualcomm, Silicon Labs and TI. Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa, LTE-M and NB-IoT have energized the Internet of Things with 5+ year battery life for wireless sensors that communicate over many miles. In addition to dozens of mobile operators worldwide, LPWANs have drawn wireline operators such as Comcast that is deploying LoRa networks across 20 major U.S. cities. LPWAN primarily targets different applications than short range WSNs but these are competitive especially in markets such as smart cities, metering, asset tracking, buildings and industrial automation. Combining LPWANs such as Sigfox or LoRa with short range wireless technologies (e.g., BLE, WiFi or proprietary) is a growing trend. The benefits include seamless smartphone/app connectivity, increased localization accuracy as well as remote firmware “over-the-air” updates. By 2022, there will be 7 billion Internet connected wireless sensing, tracking and control devices using BLE, Zigbee/Thread, LoRa, Sigfox, LTE-M1 or NB-IoT. The majority will use a short-range radio but LPWAN technologies will increase 2.5 times faster. For more information about ON World’s study, “Wireless Sensor Network Markets,” go to: https://www.onworld.com/wsn. About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | December 8, 2016
Growth of Low Power Wide Area networking (LPWAN) solutions combined with post-election optimism will accelerate development and deployments for industrial Internet of Things markets, according to ON World. “LPWAN technologies provide multi-mile, multi-year battery powered solutions that are disruptive to existing industrial wireless IoT technologies,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist. “LPWAN device stacks push network complexity into the cloud and this has created new IoT opportunities for developers.” The completion of 3GPP’s Release 13 is accelerating development for licensed LPWA standards such as LTE Cat-M1 and NB1. This is a challenge to unlicensed LPWA technologies such as LoRa, Sigfox and RPMA that are seeing rapidly expanding ecosystems and worldwide network rollouts. Sigfox has network coverage of over 1.6 million square kilometers and deployments on track to be in 30 countries by the end of 2016. Standards based LoRaWAN solutions are actively being developed with thousands of developers working on networks operating in more than 150 cities. The latest LoRaWAN specification, announced in mid-November, already has over 10,000 downloads. The LoRa Alliance Certification Program has been operational in Europe over the past year with LoraWAN Specification certification supported in North American by the end of the year. Comcast announced it would deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 major U.S. cities within the next 30 months. Ingenu’s Machine Network using its Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) technology is being deployed across the U.S. Ingenu’s partner WellAware services Texas oil wells from some individual RPMA access points that cover 450 square miles. Other industrial RPMA deployments include distribution automation for San Diego Gas & Electric as well as wellhead monitoring and pipeline surveillance for Shell in Nigeria. ON World’s recently completed survey with 180+ industrial automation professionals in collaboration with ISA found that wireless sensor networking including LPWAN technologies are considered one of the most important technology-related strategic investments. Two-thirds also view investments in an IoT platform as “important” or “most important.” ON World conducted network tests to compare the performance and capabilities of current LPWAN technologies focused on industrial IoT application requirements such as radio adaptive power, over-the-air updates, robust in-building penetration and immunity against multipath fading. The tests found that compared with ultra-narrowband LPWAN technologies, LoRa provides enough two-way bandwidth to solve most industrial application needs. Additionally, it can be used for synchronized transmissions which is a requirement for many high-end industrial IoT applications that are currently targeted by wireless mesh standards such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. Free executive summaries for ON World’s recently published studies on industrial wireless sensor networking and LPWA technologies are available from: http://www.onworld.com/ilpwanset About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | October 28, 2016
LPWAN technology is winning new enterprise IoT converts with its deep building penetration, immunity against multipath fading, 10+ year battery lifetimes and significantly lower costs, according to global IoT market research firm ON World. “LPWAN development is at the beginning of a long investment cycle with rapidly growing ecosystems and developers that are creating multi-mile battery powered sensing devices at a fraction of the cost of the current offerings,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist. “Our network tests found that LPWAN technologies such as SigFox and LoRa have excellent performance characteristics for many in-building and campus wireless sensing and tracking applications.” Wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies such as ZigBee/Thread, Bluetooth and WiFi are becoming widespread for enterprise IoT solutions including building-wide lighting controls, energy management, safety/security and guest controls. However, these “traditional” WSN technologies have limited in-building penetration, multipath and interference problems with most transmitting at less than 100 meter ranges. Mesh networking extends their range but the added expense, complexity and poor battery lifetime are growing “pain points” for enterprise customers. Enter LPWAN technologies such as SigFox, LoRa and the 3GPP’s upcoming NB-IoT to solve many of these enterprise problems and create new IoT possibilities. Today, LPWAN developers are creating IoT solutions using <$1,000 gateways and $10 LPWAN radios that are capable of covering ten-mile ranges, have 10-year battery lifetimes and can scale to thousands of nodes. Rather than requiring complex network management, LPWAN technologies off-load end node complexity to the cloud which simplifies deployment, maintenance, application development and integration. ON World’s recently published study includes several network tests on enterprise IoT applications using LPWAN gateways and end nodes with some interesting results on their network range, power consumption and network performance. In one test, all tested LPWAN technologies had close to 99.9% system throughput in networks with up to 50,000 nodes. In other test, all could achieve over 8 year battery lifetimes with multi-mile transmissions and sampling rates of 1/hour. The IoT potential from LPWAN technologies has drawn hundreds of startups, innovators and control system market leaders such as Honeywell and Schneider Electric as well as IT/networking giants such as Cisco and IBM. LPWAN technologies have also motivated dozens of network operators including AT&T, Comcast, Orange, Verizon to accelerate their IoT strategies with their potential to be used in either licensed and unlicensed networks with significantly lower upfront capital and operating costs. Remaining challenges for LPWAN technologies include nascent standards, security and the lack of network coverage. ON World welcomes feedback on its Enterprise LPWAN Ecosystem study and contributors will receive a free copy. For more information, go to: http://www.onworld.com/elpwaneco About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | December 14, 2016
The renewed focus on America’s energy independence happens at a pivotal time for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies that are racing to build-out their networks and grow their ecosystems, according to a recently published study by ON World. “An energy transformation is underway that will accelerate oil and gas production as well as adoption for Internet of Things technologies,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist. “The oil and gas industry is an early adopter of remote monitoring solutions as well as innovations for MEMS, wireless sensor networks and, more recently, LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa, RPMA and LTE-M1/NB1. With oil prices starting to climb over the past quarter, the incoming U.S. administration is expected to boost oil production by as much 1 million barrels per day. Wireless sensor networks save infrastructure costs of up to 80% while accelerating the installation of instrumentation for wellhead monitoring, offshore platforms, pipeline surveillance and storage. For the past 18+ months, unlicensed LPWA technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa and RPMA have been advancing rapidly with nation-wide network rollouts and trials by major carriers worldwide. Since the 3GPP’s Release 13 in June, developers now have the option to use licensed LPWA standards such as LTE Cat-M1 and Cat-NB1 (NB-IoT), technologies that are the foundation of Narrowband 5G IoT. LTE Cat-M1 supports two-way communications of up to 1 Mbps for battery powered nodes with a new power saving mode. The second, longer term option is Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), also called LTE Cat-NB1, provides carriers with long range, low node power, large node gateway densities with fast time to market capabilities by using existing LTE infrastructure. NB IoT will be deployed in-band and with unused resource blocks within a LTE carrier’s guard-band as well as standalone for dedicated spectrum deployments. The 3GPP’s IoT standards efforts is ongoing including a few key missing features such as support for multicast and positioning. The first LTE-M1/NB1 chips and modules have been announced by Altair, Gemalto, Qualcomm, Link Labs, Sequans, Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox. Trials are underway with infrastructure leaders such as Ericsson, Intel and Huawei with major carriers including AT&T, China Telecom, Deutsche Telecom, SK Telecom, SoftBank, NTT Docomo, Verizon and Vodafone. More information and a free executive summary for ON World’s recently published “Oil & Gas Wireless Sensor Networks” study is available from: http://www.onworld.com/oilandgas About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | December 1, 2016
Wireless sensor networks (WSN) and the Internet of Things are top strategic investment areas for industrial automation, according to a recently published study by ON World. “Post US election optimism, maturing standards combined with ubiquitous cloud platforms and open source initiatives continue to advance WSN innovations for the Internet of Things,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist. “This is reflected by the growing number of industrial wireless products and services using IP addressable and cloud-integrated network stacks including Bluetooth, WiFi, ISA100.11a as well Low Power Wide Area network technologies such as LoRa, SigFox, LTE-M1 and NB1.” Based on input with nearly 200 industrial automation professionals and in survey completed in association with ISA, ON World’s recently completed study found that industrial WSN standards adoption continues to grow with even faster growth for some emerging WSN technologies. The IEEE 802.15.4 based wireless mesh standards are especially preferred by those targeting process automation with ISA100.11a adoption starting to bridge the gap with WirelessHART. Some of the key findings include: WSN applications are planned by 4 in 5 within the next 18 months. The fastest growing application areas are asset monitoring and equipment health as well as safety and environmental monitoring such as gas detection. In a growing challenge to the industrial automation incumbents, hundreds of IoT platform providers have emerged over the past few years. While many of these are focused on data connectivity and management, ON World has interviewed and surveyed dozens of IoT platforms and service providers that are disrupting the competition with lower cost end-to-end solutions that require minimal installation and maintenance. ON World’s Industrial Wireless Sensor Network Ecosystem study analyzes the technologies, products, services and 100+ companies across the whole industrial automation WSN value chain. For more information, go to: http://www.onworld.com/iwsneco About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.
News Article | November 16, 2016
With potential savings of 80 percent, wireless sensors are becoming the default option for oil and gas remote monitoring, according to a recently published study by ON World. “Over the past decade, new drilling techniques combined with advances with remote monitoring and wireless sensor network technologies have made North America one of the world’s top producers,” says Jeff Kreegar, ON World’s chief technologist. In this same time frame, hundreds of thousands of wireless sensors have been securely and reliably deployed in large numbers from offshore platforms to arctic oilfields. With potential savings of up to 80% of the total infrastructure costs, wireless sensor networking (WSN) is becoming the preferred option over wired sensors for wellhead automation, remote equipment monitoring and asset management as well as safety, health and environmental monitoring. The oil and gas downturn has benefited non-traditional wireless applications such as asset monitoring, gas detection and steam trap monitoring. It has also accelerated adoption for standards based systems using WirelessHART and ISA100.11a worldwide and resulted in growing demand for Low Power Wide Area (LPWAN) technologies such as LoRa, SigFox, RPMA, LTE-M1 and NB-IoT. With stronger growth predicted for the oil and gas industry under the Trump administration, opportunities for wireless will accelerate in both retrofit and new installations. Interest in ISA100 has been growing over the past two years due to its layered IPv6 based architecture that supports application flexibility, standards based backhaul networks and tunneling of other technologies including HART. ISA100.11a’s ability to support faster response times for wireless sensor networks has also allowed companies such as GasSecure (Dräger), Riken Keiki and New Cosmos Electric-- with infrastructure and control system partners Yokogawa and Honeywell-- to provide all-wireless gas detectors, something that was not feasible a few years ago. Ingenu’s Random Phase Multiple Access (RPMA) technology operates at the global 2.4GHz frequency providing multi-mile network range and high gateway node densities that is well suited to oil and gas applications. Shell Nigeria saved $1 million in infrastructure costs by using RPMA for a wellhead monitoring and pipeline surveillance in a pipeline facility the Niger Delta. ON World’s network tests found that LPWAN technologies can be used for advanced remote monitoring and control applications with multi-year battery lifetimes including near real-time pressure sensing in environments with high node density and precision indoor/outdoor asset tracking using coin cell batteries. ON World’s Oil and Gas Wireless Sensor Networks study is based on input from 150+ individuals across the whole oil and gas value chain. For more information, go to: http://www.onworld.com/oilandgas About ON World: ON World (http://www.onworld.com) provides global business intelligence on Internet of Things markets.