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Major Trends in Developing Wireless Smart Sensors Communications: Technologies and Markets

  • ID: 1206248
  • Report
  • March 2010
  • 196 Pages
  • PracTel Inc
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This report analyses Wireless Sensors Networks (WSNs) marketing and technological characteristics. Particular, it emphasizes the following major trends in these networks developments:

- Evolution to wireless smart sensors. Technologies allow now to build multi-purpose miniaturized devices with various radios. Smart sensors have enough computing power to process row data; and they consume very little energy. The report concentrates on the standardization work, technological advances and WSN marketing characteristics. A detailed survey of the industry is also included.

- Mesh configuration. The mesh topology becomes a prevailing topology in the WSN environment. Military and commercial networks, small networks and large networks (with thousand nodes) are designed and implemented; these networks utilize benefits of meshing - self-organization and self-healing among them. The report details marketing and technological characteristics of meshed WSN, standardization efforts and provides the industry survey.

- IP-based WSN. Benefiting from the IEEE, IETF, ITU and other standard organizations work, WSN evolving towards the IP environment; the goal is to put the power of IP technology even in such a small device as a smart sensor. The report analyzes such protocols as 6LoWPAN and ROLL, and shows that designers now have a choice to incorporate IP advances in WSN. The report also addresses Ubiquitous Sensor Network properties and benefits.

- Maintenance-free WSN. WSN may reside in the harsh environment and though its deployment as any wireless infrastructure does not need any cabling, it still requires maintenance; this can be a difficult and expensive task mainly due to the necessity to periodically replace batteries in every sensor and/or radio. The report addresses features of power harvesting industry, which makes a significant progress towards the design and implementation of self-powered WSN nodes. This industry also contributes toward “Green ICT”, eliminating or significantly reducing pollutants from disposed batteries, which traditionally were one of the main sources of mercury and other harmful for people substances.

The survey of these industry vendors is included; and various power harvesting technologies are addressed

Target Audience

This report provides analyzes major trends in the WSN developments; it addresses WSN marketing and technological features. The report audience includes service providers, retail operators, vendors, network operators and managers, investors and end users seeking to gain a deeper understanding of WSN-based structures opportunities and barriers.

Research Methodology

Considerable research was done using the Internet. Information from various Web sites was studied and analyzed; evaluation of publicly available marketing and technical publications was also conducted. Telephone conversations and interviews were held with industry analysts, technical experts and executives. In addition to these interviews and primary research, secondary sources were used to develop a more complete mosaic of the market landscape, including industry and trade publications, conferences and seminars.

The overriding objective throughout the work has been to provide valid and relevant information. This has led to a continual review and update of the information content.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Advanced Cerametrics
  • BelAir (Nodes)
  • Grape Networks
  • Jennic
  • Northrop Grumman (Nodes)
  • Proxim (WMN Nodes)
  • MORE
1.0 Introduction

1.1 General

1.2 Developments

1.3 Scope

1.4 Structure

1.5 Research Methodology

1.6 Target Audience

2.0 Wireless Smart Sensor Technology

2.1 Wireless Smart Sensor Structure and Functionality

2.2 Classification

2.3 Details

2.3.1 WSN-SS

2.3.2 Requirements

2.4 Networking

2.4.1 Features of Mesh Structures

2.4.2 Benefits and Limitations

2.5 Parameters

2.6 Standardization: IEEE 1451

2.6.1 General

2.6.2 Family

2.6.3 Overview

2.7 Applications

2.7.1 General

2.7.2 Applications Examples

2.8 Market Characteristics

2.8.1 General

2.8.2 Market Estimate

2.8.3 Trends

2.9 SS Vendors

- BAE Systems

- BBN (RAYTHEON)

- Crossbow (WSN)

- Crane (WSN-ZigBee)

- Dust Networks (USG-Mesh)

- Elta (SS)

- Exensor (SS)

- Intel (Chipsets)

- Freescale (sensors)

- Harris (SS)

- IWT (Mesh)

- L3 (SS)

- McQ (SS)

- MeshDynamics (Mesh)

- Millennial Net (Mesh-SS)

- Moteiv-Sentilla (WSN)

- MeshNetics-Atmel (WSN Software)

- Newtrax (WSN-mesh, SS)

- Nelco (SS)

- NorthropGrumman (SS)

- Octave Technologies (SW, WSN)

- Qual-Tron (SS)

- Rheinmetall (SS)

- Selex Galileo (SS)

- Sensicast (WSN)

- Strix (Mesh)

- Telonics

- TextRon (SS)

- Thales (SS)

- Trident (SS-UWB)

- Zeltech

3.0 Mesh Networks

3.1 Standardization: IEEE 802.11s

3.1.1 General

3.1.2 IEEE 802.11s

3.1.3 Major Proposals - History

3.2 Technology: Mesh Networks Specifics

3.2.1 Features

3.2.2 Benefits and Limitations

3.2.3 Architectures

3.2.4 Routing Protocols

3.2.4.1 Too Many

3.2.4.1.1 Lack of Standardization

3.2.4.1.2 Applications Variety

3.2.4.2 Protocols

3.2.5 Security Issues

3.2.5.1 General

3.2.5.2 IEEE 802.11

3.2.5.3 UWB

3.2.5.4 ZigBee/IEEE802.15.4

3.3 Market: Mesh Networks

3.3.1 Major Applications

3.3.2 Market Estimate

3.3.2.1 Market Leaders

3.3.2.2 Forecast

3.4 Major WMN Vendors and their Products

- Atheros (chipsets)

- Azalea

- BelAir (Nodes)

- Cisco (Protocols, Nodes)

- Crossbow (nodes)

- Dust Networks (WMN Nodes)

- Ember (ZigBee chips for WMN)

- Intel (Nodes)

- IWT(Network Solution)

- IPMobileNet (WMN)

- FireTide (Mesh network-Public safety applications)

- MeshDynamics (Nodes)

- Millennial Net (SW and Systems)

- Moteiv- Sentilla (Nodes and SW)

- Mitre (protocols)

- Motorola (Nodes-Public Safety Communications)

- Newtrax (WSN-mesh, SS)

- Northrop Grumman (Nodes)

- NovaRoam (Public Safety Communications –WMN)

- Octave Technologies (SW)

- PacketHop (WMN SW)

- Proxim (WMN Nodes)

- Rajant (WMN-Military, First Responders)

- Sensoria ( Tranzeo Divison-WMN for Public Safety Communications)

- Sensicast (WMN for Industrial Automation)

- Strix (Nodes)

- Sirran (WMN)

- Qorvus (WMN for IA)

- Tropos-GridCom Tropos (routers)

4.0 IP-based WSN

4.1 Goals

4.2 Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN)

4.2.1 Definition

4.2.1.1 Structure

4.2.2 Task

4.2.3 Comparison

4.2.4 Standardization Activity

4.2.4.1 ITU-T

4.2.4.2 ISO

4.3 IETF and IP/WSN

4.3.1 Major Projects

4.3.1.1 6LoWPAN WG

4.3.1.1.1 6LoWPAN Development

4.3.1.1.2 NanoStack

4.3.1.1.3 Details

4.3.1.2 ROLL WG

4.4 Major Characteristics of IP-USN

4.5 IPSO Alliance (IP for Smart Objects)

4.6 USN Applications

4.6.1 Climate Change

4.6.2 Examples

5.0 Green WSN

5.1 Methods

5.2 Batteries

5.3 Power Harvesting Technologies

5.3.1 Energy Sources

5.3.2 Green Technologies Requirements

5.3.3 Self-powered Nodes

5.3.4 Industry

5.3.5 Vendors

- Advanced Cerametrics

- AmbioSystems

- Ambient Micro

- Arch Rock

- Cymbet

- EnOcean

- General

- Applications

- Products Samples

- EnOcean and EnOcean Alliance

- Grape Networks

- GreenPeak

- GreyStone

- JDL

- Jennic

- KCF

- Micropelt

- Nokia

- Perpetuum

- Perpetua

- Powercast

- Schneider Electric

- Rittal

- SensorDinamics

- Sensinode

- Sentilla

- Spinwave

- TI

- Zarlink Semiconductor

6.0 Conclusions

Appendix I: USN Applications Samples

List Of Figures:

Figure 1: Two Groups

Figure 2: SS-Functions

Figure 3: SS Technologies

Figure 4: WSN-SS Node

Figure 5: TAM: Commercial Segment WSS Equipment Sale ($B)

Figure 6: TAM: Commercial Segment WSS Equipment Sale (M Units)

Figure 7: SS Market Geographical Segmentation

Figure 8: SS Network Sizing

Figure 9: Mesh Network Diagram

Figure 10: Meshed WLAN

Figure 11: WiMesh Stack

Figure 12: Mesh Network Equipment Sale: TAM Estimate ($B)

Figure 13: Mesh Network Radio Technologies

Figure 14: Radio Technology Segmentation: Mesh Network Market

Figure 15: Mesh Network Market Geography (2010)

Figure 16: Examples-USN Functions

List Of Table:

Table 1: SS Node-Price Components

Table 2: IEEE 802.11s WG Schedule

Table 3: Sources
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- Advanced Cerametrics

- AmbioSystems

- Ambient Micro

- Arch Rock

- Cymbet

- EnOcean

- General

- Applications

- Products Samples

- EnOcean and EnOcean Alliance

- Grape Networks

- GreenPeak

- GreyStone

- JDL

- Jennic

- KCF

- Micropelt

- Nokia

- Perpetuum

- Perpetua

- Powercast

- Schneider Electric

- Rittal

- SensorDinamics

- Sensinode

- Sentilla

- Spinwave

- TI

- Zarlink Semiconductor
- Atheros (chipsets)

- Azalea

- BelAir (Nodes)

- Cisco (Protocols, Nodes)

- Crossbow (nodes)

- Dust Networks (WMN Nodes)

- Ember (ZigBee chips for WMN)

- Intel (Nodes)

- IWT(Network Solution)

- IPMobileNet (WMN)

- FireTide (Mesh network-Public safety applications)

- MeshDynamics (Nodes)

- Millennial Net (SW and Systems)

- Moteiv- Sentilla (Nodes and SW)

- Mitre (protocols)

- Motorola (Nodes-Public Safety Communications)

- Newtrax (WSN-mesh, SS)

- Northrop Grumman (Nodes)

- NovaRoam (Public Safety Communications –WMN)

- Octave Technologies (SW)

- PacketHop (WMN SW)

- Proxim (WMN Nodes)

- Rajant (WMN-Military, First Responders)

- Sensoria ( Tranzeo Divison-WMN for Public Safety Communications)

- Sensicast (WMN for Industrial Automation)

- Strix (Nodes)

- Sirran (WMN)

- Qorvus (WMN for IA)

- Tropos-GridCom Tropos (routers)
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