Industrial Wireless Sensor Network (IWSN) is that network of various sensors positioned at the remote area, which transmits signals or sends measurements to control rooms using wireless technology. These systems can be controlled, monitored, and troubleshoot remotely. The market is anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period owing to industrial monitoring and oversight systems, which includes self-organization, flexibility, rapid deployment, and inherent intelligent processing capability.
The IWSN is chiefly used for control and process monitoring, data processing such as humidity, pressure, flow, temperature, viscosity, level, vibration intensity and density measurements can be gathered through sensing units and transmit wirelessly to a control system for operation and management.
IWSN are fuelling the demand for an industrial revolution. Various industries for end-use of wireless sensor industry networks could control the harsh industrial environment productively. Also, the reliability of wireless technology is much more compared to that of wired technology which is considered as an important factor for the growth of the market. Advancement in the technology of wireless system will fuel the growth of the IWSN market. For instance, the emerging trend of smart manufacturing, growing network infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), and others, are considered to accelerate the worldwide industrial wireless sensor networks market.
Failures and faults in sensor node and hardware termination may suppress the growth of global industrial wireless sensor networks industry. Moreover, fundamental challenge restraining the growth of the IWSN market is the availability of numerous standards of wireless communication, which have affected the interoperability between the multiple sensor networks. However, the evolution of protocols for healthy communication has an outcome in bolstering the wireless sensor networks adoption across numerous industries. Rising use of solutions for machine-to-machine communications would support the demand in the IWSN market in coming years.
The global industry of IWSN benefits from the profitability of increase in demand for industrial automation solutions and forms of IWSN is an essential part of these solutions owing to its ability to periodic data collection and monitoring events. The major technologies used in the IWSN market are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ISA100.11a, WLAN, Wireless HART, and ZigBee. The advancement of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where all electrical and mechanical equipment are monitored and operated through digital sensors, is expected to spur the growth of smart robotics and sensor networks.
By sensors, the market is segmented into temperature sensor, pressure sensors, level sensors, flow sensors, chemical & gas sensors, humidity sensors, motion & position sensors, and image & surveillance sensors. By application, it is segmented into automotive, oil & gas, energy, power, healthcare, medical, food & beverages, mining, and chemical.
North America is considered as the major revenue contributor region for the industry owing to the presence of many IWSN manufactures, and adoption of smart factories and intelligent manufacturing. Asia Pacific is expected to expand rapidly due to advancement in the overall network infrastructure and high demand to automate the process to improve the productivity.
Key players in this market are ABB Ltd., Emerson Process Management, Digi International Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Endress+Hauser AG, Lantronix Inc., Honeywell Process Solutions, Millennial Net Inc., Linear Technology Corporation, Siemens AG, Schneider Electric SA, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
Companies in the market have adopted various strategic initiatives such as new product development, merger and acquisition, and partnerships and collaboration to have a competitive advantage and high market share.
In April 2015, ABB Ltd. launched Wireless HART field devices for temperature and pressure measurement. The temperature and pressure sensor called TSP300-W it is equipped with an energy harvester, and it requires no external power supply, no wiring, and no battery replacement which makes it eco-friendly. Energy Harvester is fuelled by an onboard micro thermoelectric generator (micro-TEG), power required by the energy harvester is supplied by the temperature difference between the process and the ambient surroundings.
In March 2015, Linear Technology launched a SmartMesh IP that accelerates industrial internet of things application. With the help of this technology, there is no need to separate process of sensor interface and edge data analytics, reducing the cost, footprint and power consumption.
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