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Wireless Sensor Systems Expected to Grow Rapidly

September 28, 2006

Study reports trends and expectations in wireless sensor networking.


(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Depending on the outcome of standardization efforts and developments in affiliated markets, sales of wireless sensor networking (WSN) systems could reach $5-7 billion within 10 years.

These findings are reported in a study called Comprehensive Analysis of Wireless Sensor Systems Market.

The first chapter introduces the basic concepts of the wireless sensor market. Chapter 2 presents case studies of wireless sensor applications. Each case study analysis includes a discussion of the location of the case study along the WSN technology dimensions introduced in this chapter. Chapter 3 provides an analysis of vendor strategies for wireless sensor markets. The strategic analysis focuses on leading firms across various segments of the WSN industry.

Scenarios for the development of the WSN market are presented in Chapter 4. The market analysis includes a deeper exploration of the WSN value chain models introduced above. Among the features that distinguish between the scenarios discussed in Chapter 4 are the outcomes of the WSN technology standardization efforts that are discussed in Chapter 5.

Finally, Chapter 6 recaps the findings of the report and suggests strategies for engaging in the WSN market.

Wireless sensor networks represent an emerging set of technologies that will have profound effects across a range of industrial, scientific and governmental applications. A wireless sensor net is made up of a group of sensor nodes. Each sensor node monitors some aspect of its environment, and each is able to communicate its observations through other nodes to a destination where data from the network is gathered and processed. Recent developments in wireless technologies and the semiconductor fabrication of miniature sensors are making WSNs smaller and more cost-effective for a growing number of uses.

WSN markets represent one aspect of a revolution occurring in data communication: the declining volume of people-to-people compared to machine-to-machine communication. The New York Times has quoted Intel's associate director of research, Hans Mulder, who predicts that wireless coordination between sensors and machines "will be pervasive in 20 years." This report sheds light on what the path to pervasive sensor-machine communication may look like.


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