Global Information, Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Trends in Wireless Personal Area Networks Development: Assessment Technologies and Markets" by Practel, Inc..
In response to growing demand for new applications capable of satiating the dynamic and diverse needs demanded by users, developments in Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) technologies have yet to cease. The WPAN market segments have spread from home area networks to sophisticated applications for the military. Meanwhile the UWB industry is fighting to see another day due to the effects of a severe downturn.
An unstable regulatory environment, uncertainty in the standards direction, and severe competition and relatively high technology costs are among the main factors contributing to the decline of the UWB industry. Several companies have already shut down business, while other firms have either merged or changed their identities. Major applications found in the UWB industry currently focuses on the following four areas: Real Time Location System (RTLS), WiFi with UltraWide Band (WUSB), Military and Radar.
Another major application in this industry includes ZigBee/802.15.4, which is a technology currently leading the WPAN market. The ZigBee/802.15.4 technology can cover multiple applications that can be fulfilled by low-to-middle transmission rates. Overall, the ZigBee market shows potential and these signs of progress reflect the technologys implicit value for the WPAN industry. Among the currently emerging technologies, Visible Light Communications (VLC) is notable as a potential leader in WPAN development due to a wide range of characteristics suitable for an array of applications.