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Advanced Metering Infrastructure to Boost Wireless Sensor Networking

LONDON–Shipments of 802.15.4-based WSN (wireless sensor network) ICs continued to show extremely strong growth in the second half of 2010 as demand for ICs for trials and early pilots returned after the sharp decline in 2009.

New ABI Research market data shows that 802.15.4 IC shipments for the final quarter of 2010 and into 2011 are showing growing demand for the standardized WSN capabilities of 802.15.4 ICs.

“2010 showed WSN IC shipment growth of more than 300% over the previous year,” says ABI Research principal analyst Jonathan Collins, “largely due to severe impact of the recession on early-stage 802.15.4 adoption and trials. Even with many key AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) deployments expected to launch in 2011, the level of year-on-year growth will be far lower this year.”

While growth rates will drop, shipments are still expected to grow strongly, with 2011 almost doubling 2010 shipment numbers. Much of that growth will come as the WSN market continues to move from proprietary to standardized offerings, leveraging 802.15.4 silicon.

Practice director Sam Lucero adds, “Initiatives such as ZigBee RF4CE are already attracting new players into the 802.15.4 market with the promise of a globally standardized environment for 802.15.4 offerings.”

802.15.4-based technology delivers short range wireless connectivity to a range of markets including smart energy, home, building and industrial automation, and wireless healthcare.

To learn more about market conditions for these technologies, please visit “Wireless Sensor Networks Market Data” at:

ABI Research

2 comments on “Advanced Metering Infrastructure to Boost Wireless Sensor Networking

  1. hwong
    March 22, 2011

    Everyone these days is talking about smart cities this and that. What they are saying is that alot of the things will be interconnected. Advanced Metering infrastructure is one of them. These RF meters are able to provide 2 way communications between the utility and people's house. It will transmit information about how much energy you are using almost near real time. Also, it will enable the energy utility company remotely to connect / disconnect your home with electricity if you hadn't pay up the bills. And alot more other functionalities.

    Then you install these home area network devices where you can give permission and let the utility control your thermostat, pool pumps, refrigerator cycle etc. That's why radio frequency (RF meters) are become increasingly popular for utilities. It not only saves cost but enable customers to manage the usage pattern to save energy during the peak times. 

    But what's really growing is the security. There needs to be security in every step from the home area network to the neighborhood network to the wide area network and then to the utility's proprietary network.

  2. Wale Bakare
    March 23, 2011

    This is a good news coming out on the side of Wireless Sensor Network and 802.15.4 scheme. Infact, after long time in bewilderment Zigbee market space has been allocated – deployment and implementation might spread faster than expected this year.

    I think smart grid technology ratifications of standard from the major players is the cause of latency in market apperance of 802.15.4/Zigbee chip design. Let us wait to watch how market demands push technology innovation in this aspect.

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