The number of devices using a wireless internet connection is set to rise from 10 billion to 30 billion by 2020 as the ‘Internet of Everything’ (IoE) takes off, according to new data from ABI Research.
“The emergence of standardized ultra-low power wireless technologies is one of the main enablers of the IoE, with semiconductor vendors and standards bodies at the forefront of the market push, helping to bring the IoE into reality,” said Peter Cooney, a practice director with ABI Research.
“The year 2013 is seen by many as the year of the Internet of Everything, but it will still be many years until it reaches its full potential. The next five years will be pivotal in its growth and establishment as a tangible concept to the consumer,” he said.
Although technologies including Bluetooth, WiFi, ZigBee, cellular and RFID will all help to fuel IoE development, ABI Research thinks consumers will remain oblivious to the details.
Indeed, it argues that wireless technology needs to be “invisible” to consumers if the market is to continue growing in the long term.
“Today, hub devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops are pivotal in enabling the IoE ecosystem and will continue to be an essential building block,” said Cooney. “Future growth, however, is driven by node- or sensor-type devices and by 2020 these will account for 60% of the total installed base of devices.”