Understand the strengths and weaknesses of 802.11 in Operational Technology (OT) environments and determine how the technology can support OT demands.
Clarify the true potential of emerging 802.11 technologies, including Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah), WiGig (802.11ad/ay), standard power 6 Gigahertz (GHz), and Wi-Fi 7, and determine how best to incorporate them into production roadmaps.
Keep track of the latest spectrum developments globally to determine the extent to which regional markets will support specific technologies.
Pinpoint new opportunities and how to exploit them with industrial vertical analysis.
Gain foresight on future developments with trend analysis and market projections.
Formulate new business strategies and service models with comprehensive guidance from analyst recommendations.
Refer to seven in-depth case studies from a range of industrial verticals to grasp how 802.11 can be implemented to solve real-world challenges.
Identify potential technology partners with comprehensive vendor profiles and portfolio overviews.
Critical Questions Answered
What are the key trends currently impacting the industrial Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) market, and how can organizations benefit from them?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of 802.11 in OT environments?
Have vendor proprietary protocols resolved the technical limitations of 802.11 in industrial applications?
How significant is the 6 GHz spectrum for OT, and what new applications and opportunities will be enabled by standard power 6 GHz?
Which features of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 7 will be the most beneficial for OT, and what is the economic value of these standards.
Where are the use cases for Wi-Fi HaLow and WiGig, and for which applications do they have the greatest potential?
To what extent will standard power Access Points (APs) challenge cellular advantages for long-range outdoor OT?
Why does the Informational Technology (IT)/OT disconnect persist, and what are the benefits of convergence?
Will the Wi-Fi/cellular convergence impact OT?
Which recent regulatory changes, trials, and product releases will exert the most influence on the market?
How have organizations from a range of verticals solved their operational challenges with 802.11?
Are there new business strategies that organizations can adopt to help weather the current macroeconomic environment?
Comprehensive overview of 802.11’s role in OT environments, and where its strengths lie vis-à-vis competing solutions.
Analysis of the key trends and emerging technologies which are transforming the market, including the 6 GHz spectrum, standard power 6 GHz transmission, Wi-Fi 7, Wi-Fi HaLow, WiGig, and technology convergence.
Strategic recommendations on where the best opportunities lie and how to exploit them.
Reference tables for 802.11 standardized and proprietary vendor features for OT, global spectrum availability for 802.11ah, key elements of network management and cybersecurity systems, and vendor product portfolios.
Update on global spectrum availability for the 6 GHz, 900 Megahertz (MHz), and 60 GHz spectrums.
Breakdown of the key opportunities in a range of key OT verticals.
Case studies highlighting the challenges that OT organization faced, and how 802.11 networks were able to solve them.
Detailed vendor profiles and industrial 802.11 product portfolios.
Who Should Read This?
Product managers and decision makers of equipment and chipset vendors looking to understand how industrial 802.11 can be applied to solve industry challenges, the competitive landscape, and the latest industry trends.
Business development and marketing professionals in industrial 802.11 equipment vendors seeking to identify target markets and go-to-market strategies.
National regulators who need to evaluate the economic potential of industrial 802.11 for policy purposes.
Managers or engineers within system integrators who need to understand the latest industry developments and/or identify potential technology partners.
Developers of industrial network management or cybersecurity systems needing insight on OT demands and trends.
Decision makers within industrial organizations aiming to brief themselves on the market and understand which options are available for them.
Table of Contents
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
3. INDUSTRIAL WLAN FOR OT
3.1. OT REQUIREMENTS
3.2. CHARACTERISTICS OF INDUSTRIAL 802.11
3.3. WI-FI HALOW (802.11AH)
3.4. WIGIG (802.11AD/AY)
3.5. SPECTRUM POTENTIAL AND CHALLENGES
3.6. STANDARD POWER 6 GHZ
3.7. IT / OT
3.8. NETWORK MANAGEMENT & SECURITY
3.9. WI-FI & CELLULAR CONVERGENCE
4. CASE STUDIES
4.1. REPLACING 5 GHZ BACKHAUL WITH 60 GHZ AT A RAILYARD
4.2. AGVS SUPPORTING REMOTE OPERATION AND FAST ROAMING
4.3. WLAN IN A HAZARDOUS OIL & GAS ENVIRONMENT
4.4. 802.11 VERSUS CELLULAR AT A SEAPORT
4.5. NETWORK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR THE LPG INDUSTRY
4.6. PROPRIETARY PROTOCOLS TO AUGMENT 802.11
4.7. REMOTE OPERATION & SERVICE OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINES