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Wireless sensor investments up 80% in 2010

Posted: 10 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless sensors? BAS? automation sensors?

Adoption of wireless sensors widened in the second half of 2010, thanks to the building automation systems (BAS) market's increased use of these devices to achieve greater control and energy efficiency. The quest for more efficient ways to manage and consume energy has spurred interest in new technologies and led to new investments in wireless-enabled building environment controls.

Considered a mature market, BAS grew only slightly in 2010, but spending on wireless-enabled sensors grew more than 80 percent year-on-year. While that growth came from a wireless penetration in the commercial building control device market of less than 2 percent, by 2016 wireless sensors will represent 8 percent of the commercial building controls market at a market value of more than $110 million. These forecasts are contained in a new market study from ABI Research.

"Heating, ventilation and air conditioning represent the key market and opportunity for wireless building automation sensors and controls, but the technology will push to replace wired systems across a range of applications including fire and safety, lighting and access control," says principal analyst Jonathan Collins.

Wireless controls will not only replace traditionally wired controls especially in retrofit deployments, they will also expand the reach and control of BAS through the ability to use wireless sensors to monitor and control a range of new building environment functions. These include room occupancy, or lighting levels that take account of the amount of natural light available at any given time.

"The greater reach of BAS enabled by wireless sensors and controls is also creating a shift in the balance between core revenue streams within the BAS market," adds practice director Sam Lucero. "Despite the uptake of additional sensors to monitor a growing list of applications, total BAS contract spending will skew increasingly toward software and services and away from hardware. The value and complexity within a BAS will reside in the distributed control and management of the system."

ABI Research's "Commercial Building Automation" market data study provides shipment and revenue figures and forecasts for three key segments (hardware, software and services) of the global BAS market for commercial buildings, from 2008 through 2016.

- Julien Happich
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