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Wireless Sensor Networking: $7 Billion Market by 2010

San Diego, CA, March 9 /PRNewswire/ - More than half a billion nodes will ship for wireless sensor applications in 2010 for an end user market worth at least $7 billion, according to a recently released report by emerging wireless research firm, ON World.

Although wireless sensors have been around for decades, the technology has stayed in an infancy stage until recently due to expensive, primitive radios and bulky, complicated sensors. Today, the wireless sensor market is poised to take off now that advanced radio frequency integrated circuits are available for less than $3 in high volumes and smart sensor integrated circuits are becoming widespread.

Standards to unleash innovation

"Today, the lack of standards is the biggest limitation," says Mareca Hatler, ON World's Research Director. There are over one hundred proprietary sensor protocols today and manufacturers have created their own expensive products that will not work with products from other manufacturers.

Many killer apps

Wireless sensors are especially beneficial in industrial and commercial building settings where they can reduce the cost of wiring by up to 80 percent. In addition to reducing energy consumption by as much as 50 percent, wireless sensors can reach places where wires will not go including areas that are filled with toxins or high temperatures. Another killer app is monitoring industrial process equipment which can save millions of dollars in potential lost productivity.

Nearly unlimited future potential

By 2010, ON World projects that wireless sensors will also be widespread for consumer markets such as monitoring and controlling heating, lighting, venting and appliances. In the future, consumers will also likely use wireless sensors to track their belongings, pets and children, monitor their cars and even their own vital signals. Within the next ten years, wireless sensors will be used in a range of applications that are only limited by the imagination.

ON World's report, "Wireless Sensor Networks: Mass Market Opportunities," may be purchased from ON World's website at: http://www.onworld.com/html/wirelesssensorsrprts.htm

About ON World:
ON World Inc. provides world class business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups, and investors worldwide. More information is available from http://www.onworld.com.

Media Contact:
Mary E. Purvis
email: purvis@onworld.com
ph: 858-259-2397

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