Wireless standards in the smart home and IoT
Wireless sensor applications prosper best within the sphere of industry standards. Standards offer the freedom to purchase from a larger pool of suppliers at competitive pricing. International standards allow devices from different vendors to interoperate – a feature which is paramount in wireless applications that are marketed and used worldwide.
The benefits of communication standards are a top priority for large technology and consumer electronics companies; they require worldwide solutions, with a single certification procedure and single international SKU. They require open standards with multiple chip and technology providers, to guarantee lowest cost and continuity of supply, thereby avoiding the single-source trap.
A lot has changed recently as new initiatives, alliances and standards continue to pop up in the IoT, but which ones will last? Which standards are better suited for which applications? What are pseudo-standards and what lessons can we learn from the past?