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Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players

The new market for Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN)

"The WSN market will grow to $1.8 billion in 2024"

IDTechEx research has found that the WSN market will grow to $1.8 billion by 2024. These figures refer to WSN defined as wireless mesh networks, i.e. Self-healing and self-organising. Wireless Sensor Networks will eventually enable the automatic monitoring of forest fires, avalanches, hurricanes, failure of country wide utility equipment, traffic, hospitals and much more over wide areas, something previously impossible. It has started already with more humble killer applications such as automating meter readings in buildings, and manufacture and process control.

The WSN business is set to become a multibillion dollar activity but only if there is major progress with standards and technology. This techno-marketing report scopes manufacturers and developers and looks closely at the impediments to rollout and how to overcome them. For example, today's power sources often stand in way of the desired 20 year life so the report looks closely at how energy harvesting can help and profiles the relevant power source manufacturers. Ten year WSN forecasts are made based on the very latest information.

Standards

This new report draws lessons from many successful installations in the last year. It looks at the complex standards scene with particular focus on WirelessHART that is the key to applications in the process industries in the short and medium term and it shows how the alternative ISA 11.11a has some way to go but may prove useful over a wider field of application and eventually subsume WirelessHART. It examines recent successes of the various backers of ZigBee-related solutions, who is behind the alternatives and how they see the future.

US ahead but Asia catching up

The USA dominates the development and use of WSN partly because of the heavier funding available there. US industry sits astride the computer industry thanks to companies such as Microsoft and IBM and WSN is regarded as a next wave of computing, so US industry is particularly interested to participate. Add to that the fact that the US Military, deeply interested in WSN, spends more than all other military forces combined and creating and funding start-ups is particularly easy in the USA and you can see why the US is ahead at present. IDTechEx has profiled the main players in WSN, and their location by country is shown below.

Table of Contents

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

  • 1.1. Replacing wired sensor systems
  • 1.2. What is a mesh network?
  • 1.3. The basic mesh network
  • 1.4. IDTechEx forecasts
  • 1.5. Node price trends.
  • 1.6. IDTechEx forecast for 2034
  • 1.7. Three generations of active RFID
  • 1.8. Why the USA is ahead
  • 1.9. Power for tags
  • 1.10. Trend towards multiple energy harvesting

2. INTRODUCTION

  • 2.1. Active vs passive RFID
  • 2.2. Three generations of active RFID
  • 2.3. Second Generation is RTLS
  • 2.4. Third Generation is WSN
  • 2.5. Three waves of adoption
  • 2.6. Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN) and TIP
  • 2.7. Defining features of the three generations
  • 2.8. WSN paybacks
  • 2.9. Supply chain of the future

3. PHYSICAL STRUCTURE, SOFTWARE AND PROTOCOLS

  • 3.1. Physical network structure
  • 3.2. Power management
  • 3.3. Operating systems and signalling protocols
  • 3.4. Dedicated database systems
  • 3.5. Programming language nesC / JAVA

4. ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL WSN APPLICATIONS

  • 4.1. General
  • 4.2. Precursors of WSN
  • 4.3. Intelligent buildings
  • 4.4. Military and Homeland Security
  • 4.5. Oil and gas
  • 4.6. Healthcare
  • 4.7. Farming
  • 4.8. Environment monitoring
  • 4.9. Transport and logistics
  • 4.10. Aircraft

5. EXAMPLES OF DEVELOPERS AND THEIR PROJECTS

  • 5.1. Geographical distribution of WSN practitioners and users
  • 5.2. Profiles of 142 WSN suppliers and developers
  • 5.3. Ambient Systems
  • 5.4. Arch Rock
  • 5.5. Auto-ID Labs Korea/ ITRI
  • 5.6. Berkeley WEBS
  • 5.7. Chungbuk National University Korea
  • 5.8. Dust Networks
  • 5.9. Crossbow Technology
  • 5.10. Emerson Process Management
  • 5.11. GE Global Research
  • 5.12. Holst Research Centre IMEC - Cornell University
  • 5.13. Intel
  • 5.14. Kelvin Institute
  • 5.15. Laboratory for Assisted Cognition Environments LACE
  • 5.16. Millennial Net
  • 5.17. Motorola
  • 5.18. National Information Society Agency
  • 5.19. National Instruments WSN platform
  • 5.20. Newtrax Technologies
  • 5.21. TelepathX
  • 5.22. University of California Los Angeles CENS
  • 5.23. University of Virginia NEST
  • 5.24. Wavenis and Essensium

6. POWER FOR TAGS

  • 6.1. Batteries
  • 6.2. Laminar fuel cells
  • 6.3. Energy Harvesting
  • 6.4. Field delivery of power

7. IMPEDIMENTS TO ROLLOUT OF WSN

  • 7.1. Concerns about privacy and radiation
  • 7.2. Reluctance
  • 7.3. Competing standards and proprietary systems
  • 7.4. Lack of education
  • 7.5. Technology improvement and cost reduction needed
  • 7.6. Niche markets lead to first success

8. MARKETS 2014-2024

  • 8.1. Background
  • 8.2. History and forecasts

9. 42 PROFILES OF RELEVANT POWER SOURCE SUPPLIERS AND DEVELOPERS

  • 9.1. A123 Systems
  • 9.2. Advanced Battery Technologies
  • 9.3. Altairnano
  • 9.4. BASF - Sion
  • 9.5. BYD

APPENDIX 1: GLOSSARY

IDTECHEX RESEARCH REPORTS

IDTECHEX CONSULTANCY

TABLES AND FIGURES

Note: The Table of Contents has Been Edited for Brevity. For a Complete List of Tables and Figures Please Request a Free Sample.

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