One in three homes globally are likely to use smart home sensing systems to integrate smart home devices, according to a recent survey by US business intelligence company specialising in smart technology markets ON World.
According to a release, On World attributed growth in the adoption of smart home sensing systems to the increasing demand for smart home products and services, “which services has created a challenging environment for wireless sensor network (WSN) developers to keep pace.”
The California-based company surveyed 1 000 consumers. The majority of those who indicated that they are interested in using smart home products added that they would like to integrate two or more smart home applications using smart home sensing systems.
Mareca Hatler ON World’s research director stated: “The smart home is now the focal point for wireless sensing IoT technologies.
“Plummeting component costs, cloud service platforms and standards based low power sensing technologies are providing a fertile smart home ecosystem.”
Competing wireless sensor tech
ON World states that the demand for wireless technology in connecting smart home applications has given rise to a new generation of software Internet of Things applications, IP addressability has become a key focus for smart home WSN technologies.
Examples of these technologies already have a presence in the market eg. IP-based open source AllJoyn (Qualcomm) software framework, Bluetooth 4.2 that will support IPv6 and the wireless mesh IP-based Thread specification.
The firm notes that, despite the popularity of commonly used wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, mesh networking is increasingly viewed as “essential” for whole home coverage.
It adds that the demand for mesh networking technologies opens doors for other smart home wireless technologies such as ZigBee, Thread and Z-Wave.
The ON World report 'Wireless Sensor Network Markets', says that despite intensifying competition between smart home wireless sensing technologies – there are numerous cross-technology collaborations starting to take place.
The company release states that Qualcomm, creator and owner of the AllJoyn software and founding member of the AllSeen Alliance— recently joined the Thread Group as a board member.
It adds that an executive with CSR/Qualcomm has discussed the possibility of using Thread over Bluetooth radios.
ON World expects the global annual smart home wireless sensor network chipset shipments to reach 500 million by 2020 up from 50 million in 2014.