North America is enmeshed

By Control Engineering Staff October 6, 2005

Scottsdale, Ariz., October 3– The Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) infrastructure equipment market has begun to accelerate, reports In-Stat. From 2004-2009, the market for access points is expected to zoom from $33.5 million to $974.3 million, the high-tech, market-research firm says. WMNs were developed as a quick way to set-upwireless networks during military operations. The technology allows two-way communication between all radios in a network.

“Vendors are reporting a sharp increase in both inquiries and Requests For Proposals, enough to make them highly optimistic for the future of the market,” says Norm Bogen, a research director with In-Stat.

In-Stat found:

  • Wi-Fi-based WMNs are being applied as‘hot zones,’ which cover a broad area, e.g. a downtown city district;

  • Most equipment vendors are North American, and the bulk of equipment sales are made in North America; and

  • WMN is a powerful, and potentially disruptive, technology. It is already being used to extend the range of Wi-Fi technology, and has the potential to expand and extend the reach of numerous wireless technologies from WiMAX to Ultra-Wideband.

In-Stat’s $2,995 report, “Mesh Networks: Moving From Ad Hoc to Fixed Infrastructure” (#IN0502465WS), covers:

  • Applications for WLAN wireless-mesh networks;

  • Major equipment providers;

  • Advantages and disadvantages—compared to other types of mesh networks, as well as non-mesh networks; and

  • A five-year equipment forecast.

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— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering