Low-power short-range wireless connectivity solutions built upon the 802.15.4 specification provide new opportunities for connecting homes, factories, commercial buildings, and many types of device. Solutions based on 802.15.4 are the cornerstone of evolutions in smart metering, supply and warehouse automation, industrial automation, healthcare, fitness, medical, and home automation.
Although there is little doubt this market holds huge potential, divides still remain between mesh solutions as well as P2P and proprietary solutions. The protocol battle between ZigBee, WirelessHART, ISA100, and IP continues to raise interesting market opportunities and silicon vendors face compelling times in terms of form factor, ASP, and features. The entry of Bluetooth Smart provides engaging competition in what has erstwhile been a 802.15.4 dominated landscape.