A new report recently published by ON World is predicting that Wireless sensor networks (WSN) will be responsible for the majority of the growth in intelligent building systems over the next decade.
“A paradigm shift is underway in the building automation market due to the advent of low-cost sensors, cloud infrastructure and mobile technologies.” says Robert Platek, SensorSuite CEO and Founder. “From building-wide wireless mesh networks to room-level controls, companies like SensorSuite are leading the way and challenging the building automation incumbents that are too expensive for small and medium sized buildings.”John Wick: Chapter 2 movie streaming
Wireless HVAC monitoring and control solutions have increased dramatically over the past few years with the majority of the growth from Internet enabled smart thermostats and sensors in smaller buildings.
In 2017, there will be 32 million Wireless Sensor chipsets shipped worldwide for smart building applications with 6lowpan, ZigBee and EnOcean increasing the fastest. However, technology market shares and growth rates will vary significantly by market and application. ZigBee/802.15.4, and EnOcean will make up 61% of the combined market for HVAC and lighting in 2017.
Professional installers rank data reliability and security as the most important WSN adoption considerations followed by equipment costs, installation flexibility and scalability. IP addressable sensors also rank high with nearly 8 in 10 saying this is “important” or “most important.”
ON World’s recent survey of 85 professional installers found that 80% are targeting commercial markets. For the installers targeting commercial markets, 27% of their combined businesses comes from commercial versus residential deployments. One in four of the installers have deployed wireless sensor networks with >100 nodes. Sixty-four percent are using or planning WSN systems such as those offered by Control4, Crestron, Ecobee, HAI/Leviton, Honeywell, Lutron, Nest Labs, SensorSuite and Vantage.
Although they only made up about 15% of the WSN unit shipments in 2012, small and medium sized buildings are the fastest growing segment in building automation. In 2017, global WSN revenues from buildings under 50,000 square feet will increase 929% from 2012 and reach $1.3 billion at this time.
ON World’s report “Smart Building Wireless Sensor Networks” is based on phone interviews and online surveys with over 250 individuals including facility/property managers, professional installers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and component suppliers. It covers the global WSN market for non-residential buildings including six application areas (lighting, HVAC, security/safety, metering, environmental monitoring and guest controls) in ten market segments. Forecasts are for WSN equipment and services in each market as well as by geography and technology.