Led by ZigBee, the wireless sensor network market had witnessed ten-fold increase from 2007 to 2010, surpassing 45 M annual shipments in 2011.
According to wireless connectivity practice director, Peter Cooney, with ZigBee venturing home entertainment and home automation markets, along with the global launch of Smart Meters, there will be a significant growth in 2012 and further.
For ZigBee, smart metering is the largest market this year. The continuing, rapid launch of smart meters will strengthen the position of smart metering to remain as a major market growth driver. The deployment of ZigBee/RF4CE within home environment will represent a major growth driver. Both home automation and home entertainment markets will increase over $300 M per annum by 2017.
Despite market flux, the development of proprietary wireless technology will lead several markets for five subsequent years. The growth for standards based low power connectivity like ZigBee/RF4CE and Bluetooth Smart are driven by the increasing demand for interoperability between “hub” devices and sensor “nodes” and the shift from IR to RF remote controls. Low-power Wi-Fi may be a major competitor among those competing technologies and may impact the growth of ZigBee/RF4CE in future.
However, growth will be powered by the potential to have almost unlimited node counts within a ZigBee system. Though earlier robust industry forecasts fail to be met, ZigBee/RF4CE is promised with growth potential.
These findings are included in ABI Research’s 802.15.4 Wireless Sensor Networks Research Service. It consists of competitive assessments, research reports, market data, and insights.