WiFi Alliance Introduces Long Range WiFi HaLow
WiFi HaLow is designed to enable a variety of new power efficient use cases in the smart home, connected car, and digital health care markets.The WiFi Alliance announced the WiFi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology, which operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering longer range and lower power connectivity to WiFi Certified products. WiFi HaLow is designed to enable a variety of new power efficient use cases in the smart home, connected car, and digital health care markets, as well as industrial, retail, agriculture, and smart city environments. "The vision for the Internet of Things (IoT) represents an incredibly diverse set of scenarios with equally diverse requirements. WiFi HaLow, along with traditional WiFi, provide a set of complementary capabilities that can address a large portion of these IoT scenarios," Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing at WiFi Alliance, told eWEEK. He explained the market for WiFi devices is expanding to include new use cases that require longer range, lower power connectivity, and said WiFi HaLow is the answer to the industry demand for low power connectivity that retains the security protections, native IP support, broad ecosystem, and great interoperability experience users have come to expect from WiFi.
"WiFi is already the default mode of connectivity to the Internet, and a more power efficient, longer range solution will enable WiFi to further proliferate in markets, including the smart home, connected car, digital health care, industrial, retail, and smart city, while connecting with the billions of user-facing WiFi devices already in use," Robinson explained.