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Intelligent lighting to spur wireless control systems growth: Navigant

Iain Morris
August 12, 2014
Intelligent lighting will spur growth in the market for wireless control systems used in smart buildings, according to new data from Navigant Research, which expects annual node shipments to hit 57.4 million by 2023.

Wireless communications are becoming a catalyst for enabling more granular control over building systems, partly because the technology can be deployed without many of the design and labor challenges involved in using traditional cabling.

According to Navigant, shipments of wireless control nodes will grow from about 12.9 million in 2014 to some 57.4 million in 2023.

“The cost of wireless radios has come down enough that wireless versions of some products are being offered at the same price as wired versions,” said Benjamin Freas, a research analyst with Navigant Research. “As a result, wireless deployments, which were previously limited to retrofits of existing buildings, now make sense in an increasing number and variety of projects, including new construction.”

Navigant also expects smart lighting systems to be a major driver of wireless deployments, saying the controllability of LED lighting and the density of devices of lighting systems make wireless an appealing option for control.

As smart lighting continues to gain acceptance, the market-research company expects to see greater expansion into other controls segments.

Wireless mesh networks established for lighting can also be used by heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as by security and access control devices.
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