Over the next five years, 802.15.4 chipset shipments will underpin a host of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) across home, building and industrial building automation, as well as Advanced Meter Infrastructures. This will help fuel the growth of the 802.15.4 chipset WSNs market from just over US$10 million in 2008 to nearly $155 million in 2014, said ABI Research. To date, the 802.15.4 market has grown steadily.
According to ABI Research principal analyst Jonathan Collins, "With growing interest in the potential for wireless sensor networks in commercial building automation and management systems as well as smaller residential deployments, wireless is set to become a key development in the transition to smart energy management."
ZigBee is already the target of a great deal of investment for building management systems in residential and commercial building markets, with a range of projects and specifications leveraging the specification, says the report. "There is increasing emphasis on energy management for a host of reasons such as environmental concerns, cost cutting and assistance from funding grants and awards," says Collins. "The availability of standardized 802.15.4 semiconductors to support widespread availability and support for WSNs to support these projects will help strengthen demand further."
The growth of 802.15.4 will underpin a new generation of WSNs, the report says, and adoption for building and energy management will help shift demand for 802.15.4 ICs to WSN deployments. In 2008, point-to-point and proprietary use of 802.15.4 ICs represented 65 percent of the market. By 2014 that will have fallen to 54%.
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