ON World Study Says Half of Industrial Sensor Network Adopters Use IoT Platforms

By Ken Briodagh February 01, 2017

One in two wireless sensor network (WSN) adopters are using cloud infrastructure for their industrial Internet of Things (IoT) development, according to a recently published survey by ON World.

“Wireless sensor networks (WSN) is the key technology for connecting billions of Internet of things within the next decade,” said Mareca Hatler, research director, ON World. “As early adopters of cloud-based IoT platforms, WSN users are defining industrial IoT solutions as well as picking the winners and losers.”

Technologies that communicate up to 1 mile on average make up the majority of industrial sensor network solutions today ON World said, but over the next 5 to 10 years, the fastest growth will come from multi-mile low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies like LoRa, Sigfox, RPMA, LTE M1 and NB1. These new wireless standards will initially target new market segments, but they will increasingly compete.

ON World’s 2017 survey of more than 180 industrial automation professionals was completed in association with the International Society of Automation (ISA). The survey found that there has been a steady migration to standards-based wireless mesh protocols with even faster growth for IoT solutions enabled by Bluetooth, WiFi and LPWAN technologies. Of those that provide or have a wireless sensor network system, 48 percent are using an IoT platform such as AWS, Microsoft Azure or IBM Watson.

A few more of the survey's key findings include the following:

Wireless Sensor Networks

  •            Nearly 1 in 3 have deployed over 1,000 nodes, 2X more than an earlier survey in 2014
  •            12 percent have deployed with 1,000 or more wireless field devices
  •            65 percent have deployed at least some wireless mesh nodes
  •            WirelessHART is the most widely used wireless mesh protocol, but ISA100.11a adoption increased four times faster

Low Power Wide Area Networks

  •            11 percent are using LPWAN technology such as LoRa or Sigfox
  •            2 in 5 are researching, pilot testing or developing LPWAN solutions
  •            Three-quarters of those developing LPWAN solutions are targeting new applications

A free executive summary and more information about ON World's Industrial Wireless Sensor Network Global Survey is available here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Editorial Director

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