According to In-Stat, ZigBee will emerge as the dominant wireless mesh networking technology. As most of you know, ZigBee is a networking layer that is built on top of the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. And IEEE 802.15.4 is a unified standard for short-range, self-configuring wireless mesh networks (a blend of proprietary and non-proprietary implementations).
Here are some key findings by In-Stat:
- Between 4.5 million and 10.5 million ZigBee RF components will be sold in 2006
- Commercial building control is, and will continue to be, the largest 802.15.4/ZigBee application
- North America represented 53% of all 802.15.4/ZigBee nodes in use (2005)
You can find more information in their research, Building Up ZigBee and 802.15.4 Chipsets and Applications. The report covers the market for 802.15.4/ZigBee components. It includes analysis of how companies differentiate their products on the component level, a status update on how countries plan to regulate ZigBee, estimated Bill of Materials of ZigBee chipsets and ZigBee modules. It also includes detailed scenarios about the challenges 802.15.4/ZigBee faces in market verticals—Residential Automation, Commercial Applications, Medical, Industrial, and Smart Cards. Forecast breakouts through 2010 of 802.15.4/ZigBee shipments by Region, Frequency, and Application, and in-depth vendor profiles of ZigBee silicon, systems, and software providers are provided. The price is $3,495 (US). Batteries not included.