IoT predictions for 802.15.4 mesh chips

August 8, 2018

Market research firm ON World has released new findings highlighting that several segments in the IoT market are experiencing tremendous growth, including connected lighting, smart meters, climate control and comfort automation. Wireless mesh sensor network standards have made 802.15.4 mesh the predominant networking technology for the Internet of Things.

Half a billion 802.15.4 mesh chips have been sold for smart homes and buildings, metering, smart cities, industrial automation and other IoT markets. This success is demonstrated by leading consumer electronics manufacturers embedding 802.15.4 in smart speakers, routers and web cams as well as sensors, controllers and hubs.

Adoption of smart home 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks (WSN) increased faster than BLE last year despite growing interest in BLE by new developers and the completion of Bluetooth Mesh.

The research would indicate there is an extremely favourable market for connected devices leveraging Zigbee Alliance technologies over the next five years. Alliance members are fueling this surge by providing open, standards-based devices that transform the way consumers live, work and play.

The findings confirmed that half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold to date and predict that 802.15.4 mesh chipset sales will skyrocket to 4.5 billion by 2023. It is anticipated that the majority of those will be based on Zigbee Alliance technology standards.

Estimates state Zigbee Alliance technologies will account for 3.8 billion (85%) of the 4.5 billion IEEE 802.15.4 units projected to ship by 2023.

“ON World has closely followed the IEEE 802.15.4 category for the past 15 years and has tracked Zigbee technology since before its flagship specification was ratified in December 2004,” said Mareca Hatler, principal analyst at ON World.

“Since then, our team has conducted extensive, year-round primary research on wireless sensing, tracking and control in dozens of ecosystems – interviewing and surveying thousands of companies of all sizes across the entire value chain. Our findings indicate Zigbee leads the wireless mesh sensor network market and will continue to do so.”

“ON World’s projections validate the success we’ve been experiencing behind the scenes as we work with hundreds of innovative companies and developers to design and market Zigbee-based mesh products,” said Katie Gengler, head of marketing for the Zigbee Alliance.

“2018 is already on track for a record year for Zigbee certifications, and to date the Alliance has qualified thousands of different smart product types that are part of today’s most popular and thriving IoT ecosystems, including those from Amazon, Comcast, Huawei, IKEA, Schneider Electric, Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), SOMFY, and Samsung SmartThings.”

The ON World report synopsis can be accessed here.

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