There will be some 14 million U.S. households equipped with wireless sensor networks come 2012. With the cumulative total worldwide WSN node market estimated to number 6 billion, the residential sector is an essential target for industry participants, according to recently released ON World research.
Energy management, along with lighting, security, entertainment control and home health are among the largest and fastest growing segments of the wireless sensor, “smart home” market, which ON World expects to expand nearly six-fold worldwide, from $470 million in 2007 to $2.8 billion in 2012.
Increasing energy costs, emerging standards and technological innovations are driving development, according to ON World researchers, who looked into more than 100 home installers, vendors and suppliers in conducting their research, published in the “WSN for Smart Homes” report.
“While proprietary WSN systems have been used by professional installers in luxury homes for over a decade, wireless protocols such as Z-Wave and ZigBee will make smart home solutions affordable for the average household,” Darryl Gurganious, senior research analyst for ON World, stated in a media release.
Ongoing development and success of wireless mesh networking protocols, such as the competing ZigBee and Z-Wave protocols, and the respective industry alliances promoting them, are credited for accelerating growth. OnWorld’s report provides in-depth chip level evaluations of the two competing standards, global market forecasts, primary research of installers and competitive analysis of 70 companies in the WSN smart home value chain.
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