Within the next decade, devices connected to the Internet will eclipse their human users many times over. Smart objects are a special class of Internet connected devices that are self-aware, self-upgrading, communicate with other smart objects, and are massively scalable.
Since the completion of the 6LoWPAN specification, the transformation to the "Internet of Things" has been accelerating. A breakthrough came in the summer of 2011 with the advent of a new Web services model called CoAP, a routing protocol called RPL, and a cross-industry collaboration on using these protocols.
The migration to IP smart object networks is underway. This is demonstrated by the in-progress Smart Grid standards, IPv6 Smart Home platforms by Google and RWE, and a growing number of sensor network systems that communicate using IP.
A few examples include Smart Grid platforms by Cisco/Itron, Silver Spring and ERDF/Sagemcom; WiFi thermostats by 3M/Golden Power, Ecobee, Intwine and Nest Labs; IPv6 light bulbs by GreenWave Reality and Lighting Science Group; and an IP connected weight scale from Withings.
IP smart object development platforms are available from over a dozen suppliers including Atmel, Dust Networks (Linear), Ember, Freescale, GainSpan, Marvell, Maxim, Microchip, Nivis, NXP, Qualcomm Atheros, Sensinode, TI, Watteco, and ZMD.
Based on surveys and phone interviews with over 600 individuals, "IP Smart Object Networks" covers the global market opportunity for sensing and control networks that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP).
This report provides the following:
• Analysis of the IP smart object network value system and key Internet of Things initiatives.
• Drivers, inhibitors and adoption trends for the top seven smart object network markets.
• 10-year and 5-year market size forecasts on smart object markets and IPSONs.
• Survey results with >500 sensor network end users and industry experts.
• Evaluation of IP sensor network standards and smart object technologies.
• Network simulations to compare the power consumption, performance and interference impacts for smart object technologies including ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, WiFi, Z-Wave and proprietary sub 1G radios.
ON World has been researching sensor networking and smart object technologies for over a decade and has published dozens of reports on these and related subjects.
400+ managers and professionals in industrial automation, utilities/energy, building facility management, IT directors and custom installation
100+ interviews with device manufacturers, software developers, component suppliers, government officials, and other industry experts
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