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  • 14 Mar 2014 2:52 PM | Anonymous member

    As the residential and commercial building industry continue to focus on reducing energy consumption, Schneider Electric has partnered with CABA to offer FREE Energy University courses to its members. As a free, online educational resource, Energy University offers more than 200 vendor-neutral energy efficiency and data center courses that can teach you how to identify, implement, and monitor efficiency improvements for sustainable energy savings. Available on-demand and always self-paced, Energy University is the smart choice for busy professionals in any industry.

    Energy University courses are vendor-neutral and focus on the critical concepts and best practices necessary to achieve a high degree of energy management. Each course can typically be completed in less than one hour and the added ease of an online platform makes learning convenient and accessible from any internet-ready computer. Professionals can learn the secrets to better building environments in our new FREE Building Control course series. Topics in the series focus on basic system components, controllers and controlled devices and control loops and responses.

    In addition to its FREE online education, Energy University recently announced the launch of its online Professional Energy Manager (PEM) certification. This exclusive program, developed with the acclaimed Institute of Energy Professionals (IEP), gives energy-focused individuals worldwide an exciting new option for earning a highly marketable and respected credential in the growing field of energy management.

    Energy University’s PEM certification comes with conveniences not available in most traditional classroom environments, such as flexible class schedules, free tuition, and a self-paced curriculum that can reduce program length. As an added convenience for busy professionals, students may purchase and complete the certification exam online through Energy University as well. The new PEM certification program represents another Energy University opportunity through which efficiency-minded individuals can become their companies’ energy champions.

    Energy University is available on-demand via www.MyEnergyUniversity.com.

    From now until the end of 2014, CABA members get a 10% discount on the PEM exam with exam code: 10%off

    Questions? Contact us at energyuniversity@schneider-electric.com

  • 27 Feb 2014 9:20 PM | Anonymous member
    50 Million Wireless Smart Homes and Buildings by 2018

    By 2018, there will be 50 million smart homes and buildings enabled by wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Wireless sensing and control technologies such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and EnOcean have been instrumental in making smart homes and buildings a reality,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Today, these WSN technologies are being joined by Bluetooth and WiFi with large and dynamic developer communities and the outcome is exponential growth with new innovations especially for smart home devices and services.”

    Annual shipments of WSN devices for smart homes and buildings will increase by more than 600% the next five years.  The top three markets are the following:

    Energy Management

    Cloud services and Internet connected smart energy devices have given consumers as well as small and medium sized building managers unprecedented control over their energy consumption.  Smart thermostats are one of the fastest growing smart energy markets, currently used by 15% of the broadband and smartphone/tablet users surveyed by ON World, up from 9% in 2010.  Smart thermostats were also selected by these early technology adopters as the most likely to result in energy savings for their households.

    By 2018, ZigBee and WiFi will make up two-thirds of the global WSN chipset shipments for home and building energy management.

    Smart Lighting

    Annual revenues for wireless smart lighting in residential and commercial buildings will reach $2 billion in 2017 up from under $300 million in 2012.  Although revenues for commercial buildings will be the largest, residential smart lighting will be the fastest growing over this period. 

    Wireless light bulbs are the fastest growing smart lighting segment with retail sales increasing by over 250% over the past year.  Lighting controls are especially popular for younger consumers.  In a recent survey with 1,000+ U.S. consumers, 38% of the respondents aged 18-34 that are interested in home energy management indicated they would likely use lighting controls at home.

    ZigBee will be the dominant wireless smart lighting technology over the next five years and make up over half of the WSN shipments for residential and commercial applications at this time. 

    Safety & Security

    Respondents in ON World’s most recent survey with early technology adopters found that safety is the most valued home service they are interested in, followed by energy management and then security.  Fifty-three percent (53%) of the respondents with a professional security monitoring service indicate they would pay $20 or more per month for a home control and automation service compared with 35% with a cable TV service.  However, the Do-It-Yourself model is preferred and will be the fastest growing over the next five years.

    Bluetooth Smart will be the fastest growing smart home WSN technology, increasing by an 85% compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018.

    Based on surveys and phone interviews with nearly 1,600 individuals across the whole smart building value chain, ON World’s recently published, “Smart Building Set,” covers the global market for wireless sensor networking in smart homes and buildings.  Five-year forecasts are included for equipment, services and chipsets with breakdowns by market segment, application, geography and technology. The technologies included are ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean and others.

    The report synopsis and free executive summaries are available from: http://www.onworld.com/smartbuildingset

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.  http://www.onworld.com

    Media Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 24 Feb 2014 7:03 PM | Anonymous member
    40 Percent of Consumers Are Willing to Allow Their Utility to Remotely Control Home Energy Devices

    A recently completed survey with over 1000 U.S. consumers by ON World found that two in five are willing to allow utilities to remotely control home area network (HAN) devices to save on energy costs.

    Of the respondents willing to participate, 52% would like a free thermostat and 23% would accept a real-time energy display.

    “Consumer friendly smart home solutions enabled by cloud platforms and Internet connected smart devices have revolutionized energy savings and paved the way for a new generation of demand response programs,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.

    In the survey, smart thermostats were the most popular home energy management devices followed by lighting controls and smart appliances. Even though only 10% of respondents are likely to use a real-time energy display, “access to real-time energy usage information” was ranked one of the top three most important home energy equipment purchasing decisions. This illustrates the high demand for alternative home energy interfaces such as smartphones and tablets.

    For youths, a smartphone/tablet app is one of the most important purchasing considerations. For example, 30% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 ranked “smartphone/tablet control” as the most important consideration.

    In a challenge to home service providers, “No recurring service fee” was the most important home energy management consideration for younger respondents. “No service fee” was the most important home energy purchasing consideration by 46% of respondents aged 25 to 34.

    Using a smart meter, real-time pricing plans provide maximum energy savings and peak load savings when combined with home energy equipment. ON World’s survey found that 29% of the willing demand response respondents with household incomes over $50,000 would accept a real-time energy pricing plan in exchange for allowing their utility to remotely control in-home devices.

    The survey, “Home Energy Management: Consumer Views & Preferences,” is published in PowerPoint and may be purchased separately or as part of a report set. 

    More information is available from: http://www.onworld.com/smartenergyhomes/consumers

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. http://www.onworld.com

    Media contact:
    Mary Purvis
    e: purvis at onworld.com
    ph: 858-259-2397

  • 07 Feb 2014 7:08 PM | Anonymous member

    ZigBee and 802.15.4 to Drive 43% of Wireless Smart Energy Solutions 

    ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 are driving Smart Energy solutions worldwide, according to global technology research firm ON World.  Between 2012 and 2018, ZigBee and 802.15.4 based systems will make up 43% of the wireless chipsets used for smart metering, home and building energy management, distributed energy resources as well as lighting controls.

    “As core technologies for Smart Energy, ZigBee and 802.15.4 are used in Smart Grid initiatives worldwide,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Energy service providers, governments and consumers are demanding a new generation of energy management solutions and developers have responded with Internet connected smart devices, cloud services and standards-based end-to-end smarter energy solutions.”

    Consumers rank energy savings as one of the most important smart home solutions.  ON World’s latest survey with early technology adopters found that over half (54%) are “Interested” or “Most Interested” in home energy management. Almost half are willing to spend $7 or more per month on an energy service that saved them 10% of their energy expenditures.  Thirty-eight percent are willing to spend $150 or more upfront if they could save up to 30% of their energy costs.   

    The do-it-yourself (DIY) model is “Preferred” or “Most preferred” by half of the respondents compared with 41% that would prefer to purchase from a cable/broadband service provider.  ZigBee’s brand recognition continues to grow as 45% more consumers ranked it as “Familiar” or “Most Familiar” in 2013 compared with ON World’s previous survey in 2012.

    A few of the ZigBee/802.15.4 related Smart Energy achievements and developments over the past year include the following:

    • Completion of ZigBee IP and the ZigBee Smart Energy 2 (SEP 2) profile for end-to-end IPv6 communications for connecting the smart metering infrastructure with in-home/building devices for demand response and energy management.

    • Five compliant SEP 2 network stacks from Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Grid2Home, Sensinode and Exegin.

    • Software defined radios such as GainSpan’s WiFi and ZigBee IP chipset as well as GreenVity with a hybrid communication SoC system that supports ZigBee and HomePlug Green PHY on the same chipset.

    • Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has adopted the Wi-SUN ECHONET-Lite specification for secure and interoperable communications between smart meters and home energy management systems (HEMS) using IEEE 802.15.4g/e. 

    • The ZigBee Alliance recently announced they are developing a communication profile to ensure interoperability for the Smart Grid’s Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) using IEEE 802.15.4g and IETF standards such as IPv6, RPL, UDP and TCP.

    • Dozens of utilities across the U.S. are offering rebates for consumers to purchase smart thermostats by companies such as Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell as well as options to connect real-time energy displays (e.g. EnergyAware, Rainforest and Comverge/Emerson) to smart meters.

    By 2018, more than 400 million IEEE 802.15.4 and/or ZigBee Smart Energy related devices will have shipped worldwide.

    Based on over 800 surveys and interviews with end users, vendors and suppliers, ON World’s report, “802.15.4 & ZigBee: Enabling the Internet of Things,” analyzes the global market opportunity for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee as well as competing alternatives such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean, ANT and others. 

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary are available from: http://www.onworld.com/zigbee

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide.  http://www.onworld.com

    Media Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 22 Jan 2014 8:37 PM | Anonymous member

    ZigBee Will Lead the Fixed Wireless Sensor Network Market to 1 Billion Units in 2018

    ZigBee Light Link assures a dominant role for ZigBee in the fixed Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) market, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    ZigBee’s outlook for the smart home is brighter now that the Connected Lighting Alliance-- composed of major lighting manufacturers such as Philips, Osram and GE-- has chosen ZigBee Light Link as the preferred standard for residential lighting.  Smart lighting has become a launching pad for additional smart home WSN applications that will in turn drive other ZigBee markets such as metering, commercial building controls, retail and healthcare.

    As Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) markets continue to mature, two landscapes have emerged: fixed and mobile.

    “ZigBee and 802.15.4 have the biggest impact on fixed WSN markets, ” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “While mobile sensing markets will increase the fastest over the next five years, fixed WSN markets have a larger number of applications, higher device profit margins and large opportunities for services revenues.”

    Smart lighting demonstrates ZigBee’s strengths for fixed WSN including its wireless mesh capabilities, low power consumption, adaptability and multiple chipset suppliers.  While ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 are commonly used for building-wide and outdoor lighting networks, ZigBee is poised to dominate the residential lighting market.  ZigBee Light Link in particular is quickly becoming the preferred communications technology for residential LED lighting.  Over the past year, consumer adoption of wireless LED light bulbs increased by 270% and most of these use ZigBee.

    In 2018, there will be 1 billion annual WSN chipsets shipped worldwide for fixed WSN markets up from 114 million in 2012.  Although ZigBee is facing increasing competition from Bluetooth and WiFi, it will make up the majority of the shipments over this period.

    Based on over 800 surveys and interviews with end users, vendors and suppliers, ON World’s report, “802.15.4 & ZigBee: Enabling the Internet of Things,” analyzes the global market opportunity for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee as well as competing alternatives such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, EnOcean, ANT and others. 

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary are available from: http://www.onworld.com/zigbee

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 
    http://www.onworld.com

    Media Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 21 Jan 2014 10:34 AM | Anonymous member
    EU PVSEC 2014 extends its Scope

    Added focus on application and policy topics

    Abstracts for conference contributions to be submitted until 28 February 2014

    Munich, 21 January 2014 – While Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy is becoming a major electricity source on a global level, the 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) further extends its focus to application- and policy-oriented topics.

    The EU PVSEC 2014 will take place from 22 to 26 September 2014 at RAI Convention and Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  The five-day Conference is complemented by the three-day Exhibition, held from 23 to 25 October 2014.

    By the time the PV community will meet in Amsterdam, PV generation capacity in the European Union will have surpassed the 2020 target of 84 GW installed. This highlights the need for new ambitious targets for 2030, a position also expressed by the vote of the European Parliament’s Environment and Energy Committees on 09 January 2014.

    Worldwide photovoltaic electricity generation systems are attracting the lion's share of renewable energy investment. Electricity from these systems could supply up to 700 TWh or close to 3% of worldwide electricity demand by 2020. Dr. Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, European Commission, DG JRC, and EU PVSEC Technical Programme Chairman: “This clearly shows that PV is on the way to become a major electricity source in the coming years. The political and economic discussion in the PV sector is now shifting from installed capacities to costs of electricity per kWh during the different times of the day. These costs are not only influenced by the available solar radiation, efficiency, performance, reliability and lifetime of the PV systems, but equally by their design, orientation, sizing and placing in the electricity infrastructure. Available auxiliary grid services, like voltage and frequency stabilisation, as well as local and central storage options add to the value of PV generated electricity.”

    Jäger-Waldau continues: “The 29th EU PVSEC Conference tackles these challenges with the adaptation of the programme topics. This adaptation allows for an increased focus on reliability issues on module and on system level, as well as on aspects of grid integration and dispatchable electricity from PV systems. It includes the need for new materials and concepts in module design and manufacturing, in power electronics and for the use of PV as building material and in customer driven developments. The associated necessary changes in policy perception, legal frameworks and related regulations complete this topical extension.”

    With these considerations, the EU PVSEC Conference programme 2014 will be structured along the following main subjects:

    • New Materials and Concepts for Solar Cells and Modules
    • Wafer-Based Silicon Solar Cells and Materials Technology
    • Thin Film Solar Cells
    • Solar Cells, Assemblies and Modules for Terrestrial Concentrator Systems and for Space Solar Generators
    • Operations, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaics
    • PV Applications
    • PV - A Major Electricity Source

    The Call for Papers for the EU PVSEC 2014 is open. All PV professionals are encouraged to submit their abstracts until 28 February 2014 on www.photovoltaic-conference.com.

     

    Background EU PVSEC

    For many years, the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) has combined a renowned international scientific conference with a leading PV industry exhibition and trade fair. During 5 conference and 3 trade fair days, new products and technical innovations from all areas of photovoltaics and from all over the world are on show.

    The EU PVSEC is supported by European and international organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Natural Sciences Sector, WCRE - World Council for Renewable Energy, ESA - European Space Agency, EU PV TP - European Photovoltaic Technology Platform, ARE - Alliance for Rural Electrification, EPIA - the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, IPVEA - the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association, EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium, SASIA - Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association, CABA - Continental Automated Buildings Association.

    The Conference Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre.

    For further information please visit: www.photovoltaic-conference.com / www.photovoltaic-exhibition.com

     

    Contact:

    Heinz Ehmann

    WIP, Sylvensteinstr. 2, 81369 Munich, Germany

    Tel: +49 89 72012735, Fax: +49 89 72012791

    press@wip-munich.de

  • 07 Jan 2014 12:43 PM | Anonymous member

    5 Billion Wireless Sensing Internet of Things Devices by 2019

    Wirelessly connected Internet of Things solutions are changing the way people live and interact with their environment, according to global technology research firm ON World.  Internet of Things solutions are the result of decades of development of low power wireless radios, energy-efficient power sources as well as MEMS and nanosensors.  These developments and the meteoric rise of smart devices and cloud based software and apps are transforming nearly every aspect of our lives.

    “The Internet of Things is here,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “There are thousands of applications today using millions of wireless sensing devices that create life enhancing changes in energy usage, security and safety, health and wellness, smart lighting, building management and optimized industrial processes.”

    By 2019, ON World predicts that the majority of wireless sensing and control devices will be Internet connected and cumulative shipments between 2010 and 2019 will reach 5 billion worldwide.  A few of the key markets for wireless Internet of Things innovations include the following:

    Smart Homes & Buildings

    The availability of cloud-based platforms has slashed costs for home and building automation solutions over the past few years.  Today, millions of residential and commercial buildings are equipped with cloud-connected wireless sensing and control solutions for safety, security, lighting, energy management, comfort and convenience. 

    As competition intensifies among Smart Home cloud platform providers and home service providers, new entrants and disruptive technologies are emerging.  Examples include Arrayent and Ayla Networks with low-cost, scalable Internet connectivity platforms as well as an increasing number of startups targeting the rapidly growing Do-It-Yourself market such as Smart Things, Revolv, ConnectSense and Netatmo.  Industry groups are forming to create open standards for Smart Home data exchange such as the UPnP+ Initiative and a recently form consortium by ABB, Bosch, Cisco and LG.

    Smart Energy

    Over a billion Internet connected smart meters will be installed worldwide within the next decade.  These will increasingly support in-building energy management and demand response solutions as well as integration with distributed energy resources such as solar panels, wind turbines and plug-in electric vehicles. 

    Meanwhile, hundreds of Home Area Network systems have emerged targeting consumers, energy companies and home service providers with advanced energy efficiency and awareness solutions.  Some of the latest developments include Comcast’s energy saving service by EcoFactor, Alarm.com’s acquisition of EnergyHub and rebate programs from dozens of utilities to purchase Nest’s popular Learning Thermostat.

    Smart Energy milestones and achievements include the completion of ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, formation of the Bluetooth SIG’s Smart Energy Study Group and the Wi-SUN Alliance’s successful interoperability testing of IEEE 802.15.4g.

    Smart Lighting

    Driven by the migration to LEDs and demand for energy savings, smart lighting is one of the fastest growing markets for Internet of Things solutions.  By 2020, there will be 100 million Internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps for residential, commercial and municipal lighting.  With the most growth predicted for wireless enabled LED light bulbs, the residential market will increase by over 45% per annum until this time.  Supported by the world’s largest lighting manufacturers, ZigBee Light Link is poised to take the lion’s share of this rapidly growing market.

    Health & Wellness

    Mobile sensing solutions is and will be the largest consumer Internet of Things market with health and wellness making up the majority of the applications.  In just the past two years, hundreds of new wearable and carry-able Bluetooth Smart products have emerged that provide seamless integration with smartphones, tablets and mobile apps.  Consumers are responding and adoption has skyrocketed.  Between 2013 and 2017, ON World predicts that 250 million wearable health and fitness sensing devices will be shipped worldwide.  A recent update to the Bluetooth specification (version 4.1) has several enhancements for Bluetooth Smart including the ability for devices to act as both a sensor and a hub with a dedicated channel that can be set up to carry IP traffic.


    ON World’s recently published, “Wireless Internet of Things” report set includes five reports: Health & Wellness Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Building Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Home Sensor Networks, Smart Wireless Lighting and Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks.

    Report synopses and free executive summaries for each are available from:
    http://onworld.com/iotset

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets.  Our market research and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. 
    http://www.onworld.com

    Contact:
    Mary E. Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

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  • 09 Dec 2013 1:41 PM | Anonymous member

    6.3 Million Outdoor Smart Wireless Lights by 2017

    Outdoor wireless lighting for municipalities and commercial properties is one of the fastest growing market segments for smart lighting, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Municipalities are key green initiative participants and smart lighting is often the first step toward city-wide energy and operational savings,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “Outdoor smart lighting is increasingly becoming a launching pad for future Smart City applications such as public safety, traffic controls and parking management.”

    After years of development, large-scale rollouts of wireless streetlight monitoring is underway with the United Kingdom leading the way.  Market drivers include the migration to LEDs, improving energy tariffs and actions by local governments to develop specifications and guidelines for more advanced lighting controls.  In addition, demand is growing for a variety of commercial outdoor wireless lighting applications such as parking garages/lots, campuses, auto dealership lots and open air marketplaces. 

    Smart City applications are benefiting from years of Smart Grid investment and the development of standards based wireless mesh technologies such as ZigBee, IEEE 802.15.4g and 6LoWPAN.  This is illustrated by new entrants such as GE, Silver Spring Networks and Paradox Engineering that provide wireless mesh outdoor lighting systems based on Smart Grid standards.   Over half of current outdoor wireless lighting systems use ZigBee or 802.15.4.

    However, some of the largest initial deployments for municipal wireless streetlight monitoring by vendors Telensa and Harvard Engineering feature long range non-802.15.4 wireless communications.  In order to overcome the diversity of outdoor lighting networks, the TALQ Consortium has developed a standard management software interface protocol that provides interoperability at the application layer.

    Illuminating Concepts, Paradox, Sensity Systems and others are extending their outdoor lighting wireless networks by integrating applications such as video, audio, public safety, traffic controls and parking management.  In addition to the vendors mentioned above, other outdoor wireless smart lighting vendors include Acuity, CIMCON, Dailight, Lumewave, Mayflower, Mesh Systems, Ripley Lighting Controls, Schreder, Sunrise, TwistHDM and Virticus.

    By 2017, 6.3 million outdoor wireless smart lights will be installed worldwide, an increase of nearly 400% from this year.

    ON World’s report, “Smart Wireless Lighting,” is based on phone interviews and online surveys with over 500 individuals including consumers, facility/property managers, professional installers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and component suppliers.   It covers the global market for connected wireless lighting controls in three market landscapes (commercial, residential and municipal) and 14 market segments, presents the results from several surveys and analyzes over 60 companies with smart wireless solutions.  Forecasts are for equipment and services with breakdowns by product category, geography and technology.  The wireless lighting technologies included are ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, WiFi, Bluetooth Smart, EnOcean, Z-Wave and others.

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary is available from:http://onworld.com/smartlighting

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. More info:http://www.onworld.com.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397
    e: purvis@onworld.com

  • 02 Dec 2013 1:49 PM | Anonymous member

    100 Million Internet Connected Wireless Lights by 2020

    Wireless LED light bulbs will be one of the fastest growing Internet of Things markets over the next decade, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    “Growth of wireless LED light bulbs has been tremendous over the past year even with only a few available products today,” said Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director. “Cloud connected LED lights along with an insatiable demand for smart device apps have created a mass market opportunity for developers.”

    ON World’s most recent survey of nearly 300 early technology adopting consumers found that wireless lighting controls is one of the most in demand Smart Home solutions.  Nearly 50% indicate that they are “interested” or “most interested” in adopting a smart lighting system.  Sixty percent would like their smart lighting system to connect with at least half of their home’s light bulbs.

    Year over year growth for wireless light bulbs to date exceeds 250% and several new products are expected to be launched within the next few months.  In addition to Philips’ wireless LED lighting solutions, similar products are also currently available or will soon be available by Osram, Samsung, SmartLabs, GreenWave Reality, TCP and Leedarson as well as a growing number of new entrants. 

    Costs are dropping rapidly.  For example, TCP’s recently launched wireless LED light bulbs, enabled by GreenWave’s cloud platform, are about 30% less expensive than competing alternatives.

    Smart lighting networking technologies continue to be diverse but ZigBee is emerging as the market leader.  Comcast announced it will include ZigBee LED light bulbs as part of its Xfinity Home service.  Also, the Connected Lighting Allianceundefined composed of technology companies and lighting industry giants such as GE, Philips and Osramundefinedhas selected ZigBee Light Link as the standard for residential wireless lighting controls.  This considerably expands the market potential for interoperable, easy-to-use wireless mesh lighting controls.  However, 6LoWPAN based solutions are in the mix and mobile sensing LED light bulbs using Bluetooth Smart are also ramping up such as Twisthink’s Vela and Smart Home Lab’s RoboSmart.

    By 2020, there will be over 100 million Internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps worldwide up from 2.4 million this year.  The majority will be wireless enabled ballasts and LED drivers at this time.

    ON World’s report, “Smart Wireless Lighting,” is based on phone interviews and online surveys with over 500 individuals including consumers, facility/property managers, professional installers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and component suppliers.   It covers the global market for connected wireless lighting controls in three market landscapes (commercial, residential and municipal) and 14 market segments, presents the results from several surveys and analyzes over 60 companies with smart wireless lighting solutions.  Forecasts are for equipment and services as well as by product category, geography and technology. The wireless lighting technologies included are ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, WiFi, Bluetooth Smart, EnOcean, Z-Wave and others.

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary is available from: http://onworld.com/smartlighting

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. More info: http://www.onworld.com.

     

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397

    e: purvis@onworld.com

  • 21 Nov 2013 2:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Retail Wireless Smart Lighting to Increase 150% Over Last Year

    Rapid consumer adoption of wireless smart lighting systems is the start of a multi-year exponential growth story, according to global technology research firm ON World.

    While many of the latest wireless lighting products are focused on commercial building energy management, the residential market is growing even faster. In fact, retail sales of several wireless lighting control products increased by more than 200% over the past 12 months and hundreds of wireless lighting control products are currently for sale through retail and online channels. In addition, millions of IP based security and home automation packages have been sold worldwide, many of which now include wireless lighting controls and virtually all come bundled with smart device apps.

    Adoption of residential wireless lighting controls in the retail/DIY channel has been especially robust over the past year. ON World’s evaluation of over 8,000 product reviews found that the fastest growing products have been RF enabled light bulbs, switch plugs and occupancy sensors by Belkin, Philips and Smart Labs.

    There are headwinds, however, as two-way/connected products do not yet have the economies of scale of the older one-way wireless controls and these are several times more expensive today. But the latest Smart Home platforms and Internet connected light bulbs are changing this by providing smart lighting solutions at minimal extra cost.

    ON World’s most recent survey of nearly 300 early technology adopting consumers found that more than two thirds are willing to pay for a smart lighting service and 29% are willing to pay at least $20 per light bulb. Six in ten would like to have over half of their home’s light bulbs networked with a smart lighting system.

    In 2012, ZigBee had the largest market share for the overall wireless smart lighting market but its lowest penetration rate was in residential mass market channels. However, the success of ZigBee Light Link for LED light bulbs over the past year is quickly bringing ZigBee into the lead for consumer smart lighting. In July 2013, the Connected Lighting Alliance selected ZigBee Light Link as the standard for residential wireless lighting controls.

    Energy harvesting is a major driver for wireless smart lighting.  About one in four commercial building wireless lighting devices that shipped in 2012 were self-powered without batteries.  Although EnOcean has a significant market lead for wireless energy harvesting, ZigBee Green Power gives dozens of 802.15.4 chipset suppliers the ability to create low-cost energy harvesting devices that can participate in wireless mesh ZigBee networks. 

    Shipments of wireless chipsets for lighting controls will surpass 40 million in 2017 up from 5.5 million in 2012.  At this time, 87% of the market will be for residential and commercial buildings.

    ON World’s report, “Smart Wireless Lighting” is based on phone interviews and online surveys with over 500 individuals including consumers, facility/property managers, professional installers, equipment manufacturers, software developers and component suppliers.   It covers the global market for connected wireless lighting controls in three market landscapes (commercial, residential and municipal) and 14 market segments, presents the results from several surveys and analyzes over 60 companies with smart wireless lighting solutions.  Forecasts are for equipment and services in as well as by product category, geography and technology. The wireless lighting technologies included are ZigBee, 802.15.4, WiFi, Bluetooth Smart, EnOcean, Z-Wave, 6LoWPAN, proprietary and others.

    The report synopsis and a free executive summary is available from: http://onworld.com/smartlighting

    About ON World:
    ON World provides global business intelligence on smart technology markets. Our research reports and information services are sold to Fortune 1000 companies, startups and investors worldwide. More info: http://www.onworld.com.

    Contact:
    Mary Purvis
    p: 858-259-2397
    e: purvis@onworld.com

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