Wireless networks connect with industrial users

22 March 2011

The world shipments of industrial products that are wireless-enabled are set to grow from an estimated 1.2 million in 2009 to over 3 million in 2015 according to a new report by IMS Research.

The report states that wireless has gained more acceptance during the recession because many users consider the installation of wireless communication as a valuable asset - with many are seeing a return on investment in under a year.

Future growth will be driven by finding new use cases for wireless. “After end users have made the initial investment in wireless infrastructure, expanding wireless into more and more applications becomes increasingly attractive,” said automation analyst Toby Colquhoun.
However, it would appear that confusion over the different wireless technologies remains an issue for many end users in process automation and the report believes that the lack of standardization will become more important in future applications with a longer payback period. End users have to be certain that they can source replacement parts for many years, if investment in these applications is to be attractive.

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