Wireless Lighting Sensors Drive More Building Control Systems

August 7, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

navigant energy manageWireless technology provides more granular and immediate control over building systems, boosting the building controls market says a new report from Navigant Research.

Navigant forecasts that global revenue from wireless nodes for building controls will grow from $84.8 million in 2013 to $434.0 million in 2023. The market will be driven by lighting controls, as the density of devices for lighting applications often lowers the installation costs of wireless systems.

Navigant’s report, “Wireless Control Systems for Smart Buildings,” finds the ability to install wireless sensors and devices in buildings that cannot easily be torn apart to put in wiring is a catalyst to energy management systems and building controls.

Wireless controls can be used to link devices including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, fire & life safety, and security & access. The use of wireless local networks in consumer and commercial environments has increased dramatically over the past decade, especially Wi-Fi technology.

The leading standards-oriented wireless technologies over the forecast period include:

  • ZigBee and the underlying Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.15.4 protocol for low-rate wireless networks.
  • EnOcean wireless standard, which supports batteryless devices through integrated energy harvesting.
  • IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi technology.

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