We are in the early stages of a new world where everything that should be connected will be connected. Connected cars, homes, industrial processes, healthcare, agriculture, and other sectors comprise a few billion connections today. In the next 20 years, connections to things, sensors, computers, and people will grow nearly 10 times. Helping businesses limit the risk and maximize the opportunity is the IoT, IoE, and M2M intelligence sector. This sector provides an end-to-end view of the connected thing value chain from devices to value-added services. Critical IoT solution components of connected devices, service platforms, security, analytics, IoT applications, partner programs, and professional services are examined by supplier and technology viewpoints. The sector is grounded in the IoT Market Tracker, a highly segmented database that quantifies the entire IoT value chain by connection technology and six revenue categories. Additionally, the IoE Market Tracker provides a total market view by fixed and wireless connection technologies and by vertical market for computing devices and connected things.
In Vernor Vinge’s 2006 sci-fi novel “Rainbows End” everything in the world of 2025 is connected – networked sensors permeate the natural environment, our buildings, our machines, even our clothes and personal items. People interact through advanced user-interface technology with the world in the context of incredible information richness. In the real world of 2010, a variety of underlying technology trends are unfolding towards a future remarkably similar to Vinge’s fictionalized account. One such trend is the growing use of Internet Protocol (IP) in sensor networking applications. In this ABI Insight, we’ll analyze the implications of the recent announcement by the ZigBee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance about the use of the ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 public application protocol with both ZigBee and Wi-Fi data link and physical layers.