Wi-Fi Alliance introduces HaLow - Wi-Fi for IoT2016-01-04 18:03 by Daniela
Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the Wi-Fi HaLow - a new low-power, long-range Wi-Fi that bolsters Internet of Things (IoT) connections relying on 802.11ah technology. Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low) operates in frequency bands below 1 GHz, offering longer range, lower power connectivity to Wi-Fi Certified products. Wi-Fi HaLow will enable a variety of new power-efficient use cases in the Smart Home, connected car, and digital healthcare, as well as industrial, retail, agriculture, and Smart City environments.
Wi-Fi HaLow extends Wi-Fi into the 900 MHz band, enabling the low power connectivity necessary for applications including sensor and wearables. Wi-Fi HaLow's range is nearly twice that of today's Wi-Fi, and will not only be capable of transmitting signals further, but also providing a more robust connection in challenging environments where the ability to more easily penetrate walls or other barriers is an important consideration.
Wi-Fi HaLow will broadly adopt existing Wi-Fi protocols and deliver many of the benefits that consumers have come to expect from Wi-Fi today, including multi-vendor interoperability, strong government-grade security, and easy setup.
Many devices that support Wi-Fi HaLow are expected to operate in 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as 900 MHz, allowing devices to connect with Wi-Fi's ecosystem of more than 6.8 billion installed devices. Like all Wi-Fi devices, Wi-Fi HaLow devices will support IP-based connectivity to natively connect to the cloud, which will become increasingly important in reaching the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). Dense device deployments will also benefit from Wi-Fi HaLow's ability to connect thousands of devices to a single access point.
The 802.11ah protocol is expected in mid-2016, and products using the new protocol should reach the market by year-end.
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