Frost & Sullivan says wireless market in factory automation to nearly double by 2012 | Automation.com

Frost & Sullivan says wireless market in factory automation to nearly double by 2012

March 3, 2009 - The need for real-time data, workforce mobility, easy installation, and commissioning are the key drivers for wireless adoption across discrete industries such as automobile, food & beverages, and plastics. Despite the sizeable potential, concerns related to reliability, security, and interoperability are hindering uptake levels. Wireless vendors should take effective steps to spread awareness about wireless technology to end-users, thus promoting market expansion.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Wireless Devices Market in Factory Automation, finds that markets in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, earned revenues of over $75.2 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $132.8 million in 2012. End user segments covered in the research include: automobile, food & beverages, plastics, semiconductor, and fabricated metal.

“The need to continually track the production process is important in discrete industries as wireless devices constantly monitor the process flow by providing real-time data in less time with minimal effort,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Khadambari Shanbagaraman. “Wireless devices function on a ‘plug and play’ basis, inherently assuring flexibility and convenience compared to traditional wired networks.”

Concerns about reliability, security and interoperability are restraining wireless adoption across various end user industries. Despite the many benefits of wireless devices, end-users are not convinced about the robustness of wireless transmission and are unwilling to take a risk investing in it.

Technical issues such as signal mismatch, data loss, electromagnetic induction, and disturbances from existing networks are concerns for wireless reliability. Besides, the conservative mindset of the food and beverages and plastics industries is also hindering the uptake of wireless devices.

“Vendors should undertake effective initiatives to spread awareness about wireless technology and educate end-users on the range of wireless applications and their benefits,” concludes Khadambari. “Technical problems need to be solved so that end users will realise their investments in wireless devices due to the long term gains they offer.”

Wireless Devices Market in Factory Automation is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control Growth Partnership Service programme, which also includes research in the following markets: Wireless Devices Market in Factory Automation (ME Research), Food and Beverages Industries Go Wire free (Market Insight), and Will Impacts of recession hamper Wireless Adoption in the Automotive Industry? (Market Insight). All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.

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