Wireless Broadband Alliance Pursues IoT Use Cases for Wi-Fi HaLow

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ByChantal Polsonetti
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The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) announced that its “Wi-Fi HaLow for IoT” program will be showcasing 802.11ah use cases for Wi-Fi HaLow solutions in real-world use cases across Smart Home, Smart City, Building Automation, Smart Retail, Industrial IoT, and Agriculture Technology. These commercial deployments are intended to demonstrate how Wi-Fi HaLow extends the benefits of Wi-Fi into more Internet of Things (IoT) applications where unique technical challenges must be overcome to realize the business benefits.  Wi-Fi HaLow delivers extended ranges, improved material penetration capabilities, extended battery life, enhanced device density, minimized end-to-end delay, a higher level of security, ease of installation and management, and elevated data throughput in IoT scenarios.

Wi-Fi HaLow includes a host of key features, such as operation in the sub-1 GHz radio band, the use of narrow channel bandwidths, an increased number of supported devices, and new operating modes to accommodate battery-oUse Cases for Wi-Fi HaLowperated devices. It also builds upon the foundations of Wi-Fi, retaining such features as the most up-to-date high levels of security and native-IP support inherent in all internet connectivity. 

The Wi-Fi HaLow Trial Scenarios

In the coming months, the project team will test the use cases and applications to demonstrate the benefits and performance Wi-Fi HaLow has in the real world, including understanding crucial metrics such as coverage areas, data rates, throughput, and signal reliability.  A detailed analysis from the trials will inform new deployment guides, helping the wider industry successfully roll-out IoT solutions, without having to resort to proprietary or non-IP technologies to gain the automation, insights, and business benefits that IoT promises to deliver.

Smart Home – Evaluate Wi-Fi HaLow against traditional Wi-Fi in security cameras, HVAC, appliances, detached garage connections, solar power systems, power backup generators, and EV chargers.

Smart City – Focus on infrastructure monitoring, smart utilities, and traffic management to highlight wider coverage benefits, high data throughput, increased device density, and low-cost maintenance.

Smart Building Automation – Conduct testing to support smart building applications such as physical security, surveillance, access control, safety alarms, and water sensors.

Smart Retail – Showcase how Wi-Fi HaLow enhances consumer satisfaction and increases productivity for retailers and partners. The assessment will cover scanners, readers, point-of-sale equipment, asset tracking, security monitoring, warehouse robots, and handlers.

Industrial IoT – A focus on testing industrial applications including asset tracking, infrastructure monitoring, remote equipment control, safety automation, and security monitoring.

Agriculture Technology – Trials in smart agriculture or precision farming systems, including environmental monitoring, soil monitoring, plant health monitoring, actuator control, and data collection for predictive breeding.

A new “Wi-Fi HaLow for IoT” white paper gives an overview of the features, expected use cases, and markets for Wi-Fi HaLow.

ARC Advisory Group is currently updating our market outlook for industrial Wireless Access Points.  More information is available here

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