You may have noticed the announcement of Iceni in the press this week, the first silicon to support the open standard - Weightless over the TV White Space Spectrum.
Argon Design is a core member of this standards body and proactive in the Weightless SIG.
Argon Design is well versed delivering Internet of Things solutions to its clients, where we select the right technology for a client's product and solution. Recent projects have included the use of GSM, Bluetooth, SMS, Ethernet and now clients are looking to use Weightless.
We thought it would be useful to provide a brief overview as to the benefits of Weightless and why it will be so transformative in the M2M market estimated to have 50 Billion devices.
Mckinsey and other reputable research organisations state there could be 50 billion M2M devices by 2020. Where does this figure come from?
Effectively, if one looks at the diverse types of applications that will serve individuals, the count is about an average of 10 devices per person - in our home, in our car, on our person, medical related, smart city related, smart grid related and so on. There are over 7 billion people on the planet already and by 2020 this is forecasted to increase to 8 billion. Thus the maths is obvious and the figure of 50 billion devices obtained. Clearly the types of M2M devices used by individuals in developed economies could differ from those in emerging economies, where differing needs arise.
A recent report from M.I.T. estimates a new market for Industrial Internet of about USD$70 Trillion across developed and emerging economies. See below.
How accurate this figure is, remains to be seen. What is clear and widely documented is that the market potential is enormous. What is of concern is that current incumbent wireless technologies are stifling the growth of this market and thus we need properly designed M2M technology and solutions.
This is where we believe Weightless has its part to play. Let me explain further.
If we look at the requirements for an M2M wireless solution, at the top level we arrive at the following conclusions:-
There are other requirements but this gives us insight as to why current solutions are stifling the M2M Market.
If we look at some of the major incumbent wireless solutions, it can be clearly seen that they fail to meet all of the above requirements.
None of these solutions meets the M2M specification and you can start to see why this enormous market has been stifled. Don't get me wrong, these wireless technologies all have their rightful place in the human and business experience.
However, clearly we need a new standard. One that is open, one that is royalty free and one that empowers businesses to solve diverse challenges across sectors and territories.
With the liberation of the Whitespace spectrum (US - 2012, UK April 2013, other territories following suit), which is license free, Weightless solutions can be built. Cheaply. It is royalty free if you participate in the SIG. Trials of this technology are going on across the world from Africa, Asia, UK, USA to name a few. Global brands (can't be named at the moment, apologies) are piloting this new technology.
At Argon Design, we are in conversations with clients from across the globe wanting to know more about this technology and discuss projects such as Mining, Water Treatment, Healthcare, Automotive, Building/Road condition monitoring. The list of conversations is building daily.
You can see an interview with Argon Design talking about Weightless and the opportunity to transform entire emerging economies.
Argon design is well placed to select the right technology for your business needs.
We are right at the heart of the Weightless standard in both the SIG and creating technology. If you would like to know more, we would be delighted to discuss your business challenges and how we can lever this technology into your propositions.
Please contact Argon Design here
We would also recommend looking at the Weightless website for further information.