Sub-GHz Wi-Fi for superior IOT connectivity
Over 30 billion smart devices are expected to be interconnected by 2020. More than 50% of the internet traffic traverses Wi-Fi networks. There are now already more Wi-Fi devices in use than there are people on Earth, and there are three billion new Wi-Fi devices every year.
The IoT (Internet of Things) market is growing exponentially and Methods2Business strongly believes that for industrial applications the Internet of Things brings even another level of connectivity and automation to the world demanding much lower operating power, longer standby times, longer range, better penetration, IP support, highest possible security and smaller physical footprints as compared to existing generation Wi-Fi standards.
The problem of existing Wi-Fi standards (Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6) is that every new generation has to address services that require higher bandwidths and that they therefore have to operate in increasingly higher frequency bands (2,4 – 6GHz). This leaves a black hole in the lower frequency ranges of the used spectrums where many of the industrial applications could perfectly fit. The major weaknesses of traditional Wi-Fi for IoT can be summarized as poor signal penetration, high power requirements and poor range.
Therefore, Wi-Fi HaLow™ is launched as the Wi-Fi standard for IoT. It operates in the sub GHz band (750 950MHz) and contains several new MAC (Medium Access Controller) and PHY (Physical layer / Baseband) concepts to address the weaknesses of Wi-Fi in (industrial) IoT and machine-to-machine communication while at the same time maintaining all the benefits of the world-wide Wi-Fi eco system.
Wi-Fi HaLow™ will support WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security, the next generation security in Wi-Fi and the highest security level in wireless connectivity.
The internet of things and Wi-Fi
Anytime, Anything, Anywhere
• Wi-Fi is delivering, every day around the world with 17.5 Billion units sold, 9 Billion devices in use, 3 Billion+ shipments a year and it carries more than half of all Internet traffic, increasing even further to 60…70% and 45,000+ certifications.
• The Internet of Things (IoT) brings another level of connectivity and automation to the world.
• To further expand IoT much lower operating power, longer standby times, longer range, better penetration, highest possible security and smaller physical footprints are needed.
Traditional Wi-Fi has serious weaknesses to further expand IoT
• Too power hungry
• Poor penetration
• Limited range
• Limited connectivity
Sub GhZ Wi-Fi for superior IOT connectivity
Long range (up to 1 km) connectivity (in-outdoor Wi-Fi)
Robust connections with superior penetration through walls and other obstacles in home and industrial environments.
Low power consumption for a multi-year battery operation
Moderate data rates (up to several Mbps) with enough throughput to support TCP/IP, Internet discovery protocols and diverse applications such as voice, low/medium resolution video
Bi-directional monitoring and control of IoT clients enabling over the air software updates
Large number of connected devices per access point, no need for repeaters and gateways
Latest generation Wi-Fi® security - WPA3™
Wi-Fi Ecosystem, WFA certified interoperability and user experience