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Wi-Fi HaLow: the next big thing for the IoT

08 Jan 2016

The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to launch a certification process for Wi-Fi HaLow products in 2018. Imperia Mobile is into the Internet of Things and we will be following closely the progress of the HaLow standard.

On January 4th the Wi-Fi Alliance announced Wi-Fi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology. With Wi-Fi HaLow, which offers low power whilst maintaining a long rage, devices will be able to connect much more easily to the network without using too much power. The new technology is meant to be used in smart homes, connected cars, digital healthcare, as well as industrial, retail, agriculture and smart city environments. The technology extends Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, enabling the low power connectivity necessary for applications including sensors and wearables. The range is also nearly twice that of today’s Wi-Fi also providing a stronger connection in challenging environments.

 

“Wi-Fi HaLow is well suited to meet the unique needs of the smart home, smart city, and industrial markets because of its ability to operate using very low power, penetrate through walls, and operate at significantly longer ranges than Wi-Fi today,” said Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. “Wi-Fi HaLow expands the unmatched versatility of Wi-Fi to enable applications from small, battery-operated wearable devices to large-scale industrial facility deployments – and everything in between.”

 

The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to launch a certification process for Wi-Fi HaLow products in 2018, officials said. But products supporting the specification are expected to enter the market earlier.

 

This sounds like the next big thing for the IoT. Considering the authority and market penetration of the Wi-Fi Alliance the Wi-Fi HaLow can easily find its place in most of the new routers and Wi-Fi chips and find its market share from the current players Z-Wave and ZigBee. As you know Imperia Mobile is into the Internet of Things and we will be following closely the progress of the HaLow standard.