Technology has transitioned into a largely wireless world, and the industrial business sector has also conformed. In recent years, the evolution towards wireless for most technology has become the status quo, and many building automation and integration solutions are taking the leap as well. The future for wireless applications will continue to grow rapidly and many automation professionals have already adopted wireless solutions. The reasons for the development of any wireless application remain universal; convenience, yielding higher profits, and application of innovative technology. In fact, in a recent report from the Airlines Reporting Corporation, or ARC, wireless technology for the process manufacturing market is forecasted to grow at 32% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) within the next year, peaking at $1.1 billion by 2012.
There are many options available today for wireless solutions. Although standards are not yet concrete, they will be once wireless is more broadly used in systems applications. The majority of automation engineers are excited and are already readily using wireless technology. Practical and economical reasons prevail as to why many are making the switch to wireless; it saves money, and lends itself to the use of new applications. Evolution towards wireless goes hand-in-hand with emerging IP-addressed sensors. IP is now being used at end devices with Ethernet connections, including motor drives, vision, flow sensors and analytical instruments, all of which can be wireless as well. In the McKinsey Quarterly for March 2010, it was stated, “In what’s called the Internet of Things, sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects—from roadways to pacemakers—are linked through wired and wireless networks, often using the same Internet Protocol (IP) that connects the Internet.” This movement towards systems integration has the potential to facilitate the creation of even more wireless technology, which will be used for commercial and industrial applications. Advancements in Wi-Fi, smart- phones, security devices and mobile computing are on the horizon.
Advanced Control Corporation is a leader in building automation, and is enthusiastic about new wireless technology in systems control and integration. Find out more about wireless solutions for your building and how Advanced Control can help you by calling 954.491.6660 today.