Over a billion wireless sensors will ship in the next two years as the Internet of Things (IoT) takes off, says global technology research firm ON World.
"Wireless sensor network technologies have evolved beyond mesh networking to IP addressability, cloud system integration and Low Power Wide Area Networks," says Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director. "LPWANs provide new opportunities for wireless sensing and tracking with average ranges of several miles and 10+ year battery lifetimes."
ON World has identified three distinct WSN landscapes:
- Short range, fixed wireless sensor networks
- Short range, mobile sensing
- Long range wireless sensing and tracking
ON World's April 2016 survey with IoT developers found that the majority are developing products and services using short range WSN technologies. However, three quarters are aware of LPWAN technologies and 3 in 5 are researching or planning on developing LPWAN products/services. Thirty-nine percent of LPWAN developers are targeting new applications that are not feasible with existing technologies.